DAR personnel conquer Mt. Apo, plant trees and conduct clean-up drive
Catching their breath and exerting extra efforts under the scorching heat of the sun, 21 men and women of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR ) in the province of North Cotabato recently conquered the country's highest summit.
They climb Mt. Apo, which towers 10,311 feet above sea level, to feel the thrill, see the breathtaking beauty of nature, and dedicate their success and hard work in time for the 34th year celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The CARP, an agrarian reform law of the Philippines with a legal basis as the Republic Act No. 6657 was signed on June 10, 1988.
After spending some 12-13 hours hiking, with some rest in between, the group reached the summit with a sense of pride, fulfillment, and feat.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Christy Nullada said their feat could be compared to their work in DAR, which is to improve the lives of the farmers and help boost the agricultural sector of the country.
“However tedious and tiring our tasks, we can overcome it through perseverance, cooperation, and dedication. We encountered many obstacles in reaching the summit and some of us wanted to give up, yet our goal is bigger than these hiccups that at the end of the day we still conquered,” she said.
Nullada stressed that the essence of dedicating their achievement to the CARP anniversary is that despite the numerous problems the DAR is facing, in the end, its success would rely on its goal to fulfill the grand aspirations of the farmers.
Before they commenced their climb traversing the Mandangan trail in Ilomavis, Kidapawan City, the employees planted some 40 seedlings of Agoho trees along the landslide-prone area of the trail.
Nullada divulged that their small deed is their contribution to the environment because trees help in reducing air pollution and prevent soil erosions and landslides.
Before descending back to the campsite in Lake Venado, the group conducted a clean-up drive by picking up the trashes left by other trekkers.
The said climb was in close coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Kidapawan City's tourism office, where they awarded the DAR employees with certificates of climb.
The employees include: MARPOs Felipa Cabrera, Christy Nullada, Leosa Nanette Arenal, Reno Olivares, Hans Vinluan, and other personnel including Lady Diana Garcisto, Robie Joy Jamoner, Ryan Rey Galvez, Alvin De Guzman, Hannah Maeh Espadera, Karen Mae Ceballos, Eva Vesta Bao-ay, Elpedio Neil Porras, Alma Lyn Quinones, Lady Lee Reyes, Cheerlyn Perocho, Ana Marie Luma, Cherry Mae Man-on, Sandra Cortez, Ayana Bianca Caramugan, and Arth Christian Quinanola.
Earlier this year, a group of 10 employees of DAR NorthCot also climbed Mt. Apo and planted agoho tree seedlings along the Mandangan trail.