In a promising synergy between CPSU, Negros Women for Tomorrow's Foundation (NWTF), and the farming communities to mitigate climate change and restore biodiversity within the University’s reservation area, a palpable collaboration was forged to weave a narrative of shared responsibility along a common vision for a sustainable future.
Last December 22, 2023, the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), under the visionary leadership of its dean, Dr. Hanzel Pedrosa, a ceremonial turnover of solar lanterns to the ten (10) farmer associations within CPSU’s expansive land reserve was conducted at the CAF Building facade.
This event is the first phase of its recently sealed partnership with the NWTF on the project aptly named, "1 Million Trees and Counting," which seeks to empower farmers by providing them with a set of solar lanterns in exchange for the cultivation of 300 fruit-tree seedlings.
This scheme aims to fast-track the distribution of the seedlings and the re-greening program of its forest.
Conceived by the University’s visionary president, Dr. Aladino C. Moraca, this initiative is a testament to the power partnerships can bring in realizing its long-sought community development. This is in collaboration with NWTF, represented by Ms. Princess Balaan.
Dr. Moraca explained how this engagement proves CPSU’s undeterred dedication to preserving the health of the environment while simultaneously fostering sustainable economic growth and food security for the households in the community.
“By nurturing the growth of these seedlings, we not only contribute to the well-being of our local ecosystem but also empower our farmers to cultivate a food-secured, sustainable future for themselves and their families. Let us embrace this opportunity to weave a tapestry of environmental consciousness, economic prosperity, and communal well-being, as we take another bold stride in advancing our University's advocacy for a healthier, more sustainable world,” Dr. Moraca said.
This venture underscores CPSU, NWFT, and the farmers' profound commitment to be stewards of progress for the future generations. Through their active engagement in tree planting, they embody a collective determination to contribute to a productive and sustainable community.
J.A. Emoy / The Cenphilian
Source and photo credits: M. Opino, CAF & PEDO