Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) celebrated Earth Day 2023 with the Bionihan Tree Monitoring and Inventory at Gawahon Eco-Park, Victorias City, on Saturday, April 22.
The event was attended by volunteers from CHMSU Talisay Campus, Alijis Campus, and Fortune Towne Campus, who planted 190 endemic tree seedlings and monitored more than 600 growing trees planted during previous visits, with the assistance of Bantay Bukid personnel.
Rhoderick K. Samonte, CHMSU Director for Internationalization and External Relations, expressed his gratitude to the students and staff who participated in the activity and encouraged everyone to use the experience to influence other members of the community to join future initiatives.
“This is our moral obligation. This is what it means to be a true human being – to take care of the environment,” Samonte said.
According to Samonte, CHMSU has been involved in the reforestation of the area since 2017 as part of its commitment to the environment and its core values. He added that despite the pandemic in 2020, the project was concretized, and more sites were adopted by the school.
CHMSU’s initiative in celebrating Earth Day 2023 is a reminder of the importance of preserving the environment and the role that universities play in promoting sustainable practices. The event also showcases the dedication of CHMSU and its stakeholders to promote environmental stewardship and to create a better future for generations to come.