In response to the vision of the University of Rizal System to become environmental steward, the University Student Government Antipolo Campus initiated a Tree Planting Project on February 7 at Sitio Binayoyo, Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City.
Student leaders from different student organizations joined the project. An estimated 200 saplings were planted in some areas of the 1 hectare land. The activity is a joint project with Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Barangay Calawis or NASAMASABACA through its chairman Mr. Marcelito A. Matienzo, Sr. or also called Ka Lito.
NASAMASABACA was created in accordance to the needs of protecting the Boso-boso River which is the catch basin of the water coming from Tanay, Rizal. The river was considered as protected area since it also traverses the path that connects to Marikina River. According to Ka Lito, Marikina will be more hazardous if Boso-boso River will not be protected. Heavy rains would eventually increase the water level in Marikina since Boso-boso River prevents the flooding.
Ka Lito in coordination with DENR plans to plant more trees nearby Boso-boso River. He is also tapping other private companies and different schools to take part in this initiative.
Mr. Van Nixon Valois, president of USG-Antipolo Campus, with student council adviser, Ms. Rosalyn Dela Cruz, led the conduct of the Tree Planting Project.