Quezon Governor David "Jayjay" C. Suarez, Provincial Administrator Romulo Edaño, PG ENRO Officer-in-Charge Manny Calayag and PG-ENRO staff at the flag raising ceremony held in front of the Old Capitol Building this July 1, 2013.
“Wala na po sigurong mas gaganda pa sa lalawigan ng Quezon; at sa nakalipas na dalawang taon ay naipakita ng PG-ENRO that we are the leading provincial government in protecting natural resources in the country,” said Quezon Governor David "Jayjay" C. Suarez at the provincial government's flag raising ceremony, hosted by the Provincial Government – Environment and Natural Resources Office this July 1, 2013.
Gov. Suarez reminisced about the success of Quezon's 2-in-1, the momentous planting of more than two million mangrove propagules last June 30, 2012; where public and private sectors, people's organizations and volunteers, combined their efforts to make the mass planting possible.
This spirit of bayanihan and volunteerism continues to be active, in the form of local partners called Luntiang Katipunero. According to Provincial Administrator Rommel Edaño, these Luntiang Katipuneros will assist the local government in any initiative concerning the care and development of the environment and Quezon's natural resources. The members of the group come from over a hundred barangays in the province, and their numbers are expected to increase. The provincial government hopes that in the near future, each of Quezon's 1,242 barangays will have representation.
Manny Calayag, Officer-in-Charge of PG-ENRO, assures that the Luntiang Katipuneros are active in their duties as his staff are. Plants from various tree planting activities are monitored, and replaced if mortality occur. The 2,760,342 mangrove propagules planted during Quezon's 2-in-1 are cared for this way as well. And according to PG-ENRO's data, the survival rate of the planted mangroves are high - testament to the careful maintenance the planting sites are subjected to.