On July 15, 2023, the Metro Bangued Water District (MBWD) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Abra Parole and Probation Office organized a remarkable tree planting initiative. This event aimed to promote environment reservation, enhance the natural beauty of the area and raise awareness about the significance of trees in restoring ecological balance.

            By actively participating in this reforestation project, MBWD and its collaborating agencies aimed to foster a sense of environmental responsibility among the local community, to highlight the urgent need to address deforestation and erosion issues prevalent in the province.

            The chosen location for the said activity was Casamata Hill, situated at Zone 5, Bangued Abra. This hill holds great ecological importance, serving as a protective boundary and sheltering various flora and fauna species. The selection of this location aimed to reinforce the importance of conserving natural resources and maintaining biodiversity.

            The collaborative effort brought together the MBWD, DENR, CENRO and the Abra Parole and Probation Office to work synergistically to ensure the success of this event. The combined expertise and resources of the mentioned agencies played a vital role in organizing and executing a well-coordinated tree planting initiative.

            The tree planting event showcased the active participation of local residents, MBWD employees, representatives from CENRO and individuals under the supervision of the Abra Parole and Probation Office. The diverse range of participants created an inclusive and impactful experience, fostering unity towards a common cause. Equipped with shovels, saplings and a collective determination, participants embarked on planting variety of native tree species. Participants worked collaboratively, forming small groups and with guidance from experts, planted trees in designated areas. The careful consideration of suitable species and the strategic placement of trees aimed to maximize their survival rates.

            The tree planting not only reinforced the importance of safeguarding natural resources but also serve as catalyst for community engagement and environmental education. By creating partnerships and involving local stakeholders, this initiative generated awareness, fostering a culture of environmental stewardship that will have far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for Bangued, Abra and the surrounding municipalities.