June 23, 2021
Adhering and exemplifying Holy Angel University’s Core Value of Societal Responsibility, the College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) participated in a tree-planting project, an initiative of the Angeles City LGU, in partnership with the Abacan River Angeles Watershed Advocacy Council (ARAW-ACI) headed by President Renato Tayag and Vice President Sonny Dobles of ARAW-ACI. This tree-planting project is part of City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr.’s campaign for the city’s environmental preservation advocacy.
The CCJEF College Student Council, headed by Mr. Josset T. Caparas and Ms. Marshyll Evangelista, has been anticipating and preparing for this environmental stewardship participation since last May 2021. Thanks to the financial help and support of the CCJEF students, professors, alumni, family, and close friends, the Council was able to amass sufficient funds to purchase and donate 100 Mahogany seedlings to the cause.
The council and several CCJEF student organizations attended the tree planting ceremony in the planting site allocated for the College’s 100 seedlings. The tree-planting program of the Angeles City LGU was attended by a multitude of Government and Non-Government Agencies, School representatives, and other student leadership bodies.
It may be a query for some why the Angeles LGU and other concerned organizations pursued this project considering that we are still in the middle of the pandemic. Mayor Pogi says, “Para ito sa mga anak natin at sa mga susunod pang henerasyon.” This is an absolute affirmation that this project is not superficial and ostentatious, rather, it is beneficial and necessary. All attendees followed health protocols set by the Department of Health to prevent the attendees from being infected with COVID-19.
CENRO OIC Archimedes Lazatin stated that this tree planting program is not the last, but rather, the beginning of many more tree planting programs. He mentioned that there will be subsequent tree planting programs this coming August that aims to edify the LGU’s endeavor on creating long-term solutions that address the City’s conundrum on water shortage.