Invest in children’s future, plant trees – ZAMSURECO I

By Gideon C. Corgue

RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Zamboanga del Sur, Sept. 2 (PIA) – At least 2,500 narra and mahogany seedlings were planted by employees of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMSURECO-I), Board of Directors, and Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council (MSEAC) members in barangay Switch here.

The tree planting activity was one of the highlights of the 40th founding anniversary of the electric cooperative held recently.

ZAMSURECO-I General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Jose Raul A. Saniel said he considered the tree planting activity as the most important part of the week-long event saying that climate change has a direct impact on human life and natural ecosystems.

"The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago. The second best time is now," Saniel declared quoting an old Chinese proverb.

Climate change is strongly affecting many communities, in some cases, threatening their cultural survival, according to GM Saniel.

“It damages lives and property, destroys our ecosystems due to people’s relentless assault on our beloved Mother Earth,” he added.

“The problem is on us -- human beings. We keep on cutting down trees because we look at the tree as a commodity and its obvious monetary value. We do not think of the consequence that cutting a tree contributes to global warming,” Saniel said.

“We co-exist, we could not live without trees,” Saniel stated as he emphasized that trees produce most of the oxygen that humans and wildlife breathe.

The good manager said the people of ZAMSURECO-I has invested for the future so that our children, our childrens’ children and the generations yet to come can breathe and enjoy the fresh air we now experience.

Saniel said tree planting has become an institutionalized activity of ZAMSURECO-I. (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)


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