BORONGAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA)-The Philippine Dental Association, Eastern Samar led a mangrove planting in Maypangdan Village, Borongan City on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Dr. Katrina Anacta-Sadac, president of the local dental association was able to gather 337 mangrove saplings planters.
"We put it upon ourselves as our social responsibility to help protect our environment. We at PDA believe that it is not only important to promote good oral health, it is also one of PDA's advocacy to instill environmental awareness to the community."
The participants planted 500 mangrove saplings.
The dentist said that the PDA held a nationwide tree planting through the Bawat Isa Nangangako, Habang Buhay Iingatan(BINHI) program.
Sadac explained that the BINHI program is PDA's reforestation and social corporate responsibility program all over the country.
"Other dental chapters from all over the country are also doing the same thing."
Sadac said she first invited some of her family members and friends and posted the event on social media, she was surprised that many committed to attend the event, from government and non-government.
As the host barangay was Maypangdan, Punong Barangay Florit Cabato also joined the event.
Those who joined were from C-ENRO Borongan, Office of the Vice Mayor, Office of the SPM,SK Federation, Maypangdan Barangay Officials, PNP, BJMP, BFP, the City tourism office, the DEP ED-Borongan city, 2nd and 3rd district, Borongan Sirak Runners, ESNCHS Little Doctors and Nurses Club, Borgays, Inc., LGBTQ, Alpha Phi Omega, ESDPES YES-Organization, Maypangdan National HS YES-Org, Maypangdan National HS Supreme Student Government, Curbada Riders, Team THR, Lilac Phoenix of San Mateo, FJLL Rawis Trading, Fierce Movers, and St. Mary's College-NSTP.
In her message, the young dentist said that planting trees is one of the simplest but most important thing "we can contribute to save our planet."
"Mangrove trees also create an important breeding ground for fish and other marine life," she told the crowd.
"Let us all think that this is our contribution to the global fight against climate change and for the future of our children," she said.
Marlon Ortiguesa, the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (C-ENRO) also gave a brief lecture on the importance and gave instructions how to plant the mangrove saplings. (nbq/PIA Eastern Samar)