By Niño Saavedra Manaog
Photos by Rector Latoza
To take part in the celebration of the 110th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service, some 52 non-academic personnel of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Burias Campus led by Dr. Virginia Lachica, OIC campus administrator and Dr. Ludovico Olmo, chairman for production, joined in the tree planting of 137 coconut plantlings across the 2-hectare lot of CapSU Burias Campus on September 27, 2010 in barangay Burias, Mambusao, Capiz.
According to Ms. Emily Launio, personnel officer, the tree planting sought to create awareness among their personnel on how they could help address the problem of climate change nowadays.
The initiative was also undertaken pursuant to the mandate of the Civil Service Commission which this year works under the theme “In a R.A.C.E. to Serve: Advancing Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service.”
The tree planting drew a number of responses from the CapSU Burias personnel. Minerva Victoriano, administrative officer at the financial and accounting office, said the activity made her sweat out and exercise which could thus benefit her health. Rex Berganio, personnel staff, likewise saw the need for personnel like him to be conscious of the effects of climate change.
Benjamin Gutierrez, university research associate, is optimistic about the initiative. He said this will make the area ultimately productive, because the land planted to coconut has been left unproductive for some time. Gutierrez, a trained coconut expert, said the monitoring will be done every three months starting from the planting period. During these periodic visits, the personnel will also help out in the cultivation including fertilization and similar maintenance activities.
According to Ms. Launio, the coconut trees planted will be individually monitored by the personnel in the coming days. CapSU personnel also made the resolve to replant those that might die even before they bear fruit.