University conducts tree-planting

A university-wide tree planting activity with the participation of the different government organization was conducted at Kurkureng Spring Watershed, Brgy. Angset, Carasi, Ilocos Norte last August 13, 2011. Four hundred sixteen mabolo, anahaw, banaba, bit-taog, pakak, palosapis,and narra seedlings were solicited from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NWU-Integrated Agriculture Development, NWU-Eco-Tourism Park and Botanic Gardens and CEAT-Computer Engineering Department. Moreover, the Northwestern University Multi- Purpose Cooperative (NWU-MPC) donated seedling bags and peg pens for the seedlings while the transportation facilities were provided by the university and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Students and faculty alike experienced falling on the muddy traps of the slippery road, itchiness and skin irritations from tall bushes and getting cuts from sharp stones that lined the road. These experiences served as a challenge in fulfilling the objective of the activity and it shows that the Northwestern University Community is determined to be of help to the community it serves.

Tree planting is one of the components of the Environmental Management Program of the University. The program is implemented to its adopted barangay, Brgy. Estancia of Piddig, Ilocos Norte. The main source of potable water of this barangay is from Kurkureng Spring Watershed located in Barangay Angset, Carasi, Ilocos Norte supplied through the Rural Water System, thus the sustainability of potable water is one of the objectives set by the Northwestern University Community Extension Center (NWUCEC). After an initial ocular, rehabilitating the spring to sustain the supply of potable water is found to be the priority and planting trees within the periphery of the spring could be the initial action that could be done by the NWUCEC. The tree planting activity then was initiated by the Computer Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) last year.

Last August 13, 2011, realizing the significance of a sustainable supply of potable water at Barangay Estancia, a follow up tree planting activity was conducted university wide and was also participated in by national and local government agencies. There were fifty four (54) employees and students from the different colleges and units of the university who endured the one-and-a-half walk under the sun on a muddy and rocky mountainside before reaching the designated areas where the seedlings would be planted.

The highlight of the activity was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the NAMNAMA ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBs MPC) and NWU to ensure that the seedlings would grow into robust trees. The signing of the MOA was witnessed by the representatives of the different colleges and units of NWU, DAR and Brgy. Estancia Officials.