Forests of Hope and HAPI-ness: When the HAPI Trees Project Unfold

Posted by admin | Posted on January 29, 2016
Jennifer C. Gutierrez,  Climate leader, trained under the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Canada by VP AL Gore

The Executive
Director’s Report
FORESTS OF HOPE and
HAPI-ness: When the HAPI TREES Project Unfold
The HAPI Trees Nationwide
Tree Planting Project is not just an ordinary tree planting activity,
not in a sense that unlike those who had done it before, had done it
for compliance to their company’s corporate social responsibility
(CSR), where attendance is required and or for grades in school.
The HAPI Trees planting
activity is a gesture and act of love, a true expression of
compassion for nature and the people of the future. Participants from
eight locations around the country -Manila,
Sorsogon, Cebu, Leyte, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro and Surigao Del Norte
and Surigao Del Sur, had gathered voluntarily on September 26 to do
their share for the environment, in hope to mitigate climate change,
to help our people in years to come and to simply serve back nature.
This very fateful day had probably marked to be the largest and
widest tree planting activity of any given humanist and NGO
organization in the country.
Starting from HAPI
Manila with
the largest number of registered participants of almost 300 people,
the Manilenos flocked and gleefully trekked their ways to the lush
La Mesa Dam Forest Reserve in Lagro, Quezon City. This attendance is
much unexpected of all since knowing Manilenos, they would usually
spend their weekends on malls or outdoor gyms. In fact your ED
Jennifer C. Gutierrez, the lead implementer of this project, had only
projected about 120 people to participate in Manila.
The event was only
announced in Facebook exactly only a month before the event! The
surge of participants had continuously risen and this became a HAPI
problem. The La Mesa Dam Management is very strict on the number of
people they allow on the premises. Only a hundred per entry are
allowed! And so this prompted the Manila team to conceptualize a
scheduled scheme to accommodate all those who wished to plant. That
day in Manila, we had 5 batches of about 80-100 participants per
batch. The day started exactly at 8 AM and ended at around 2:30 PM.

   

The Manila participants
were attended by people from the following groups: TUP Green Society,
PLM College of Science Faculty & Alumni, World of Art Photography
group, Conservation Cavers Inc., St. Joseph School Batch 96, PATAS,
Rational Filipino, Let’s Do It PH Eco Warriors, Komunidad Kay
Kristo, HAPI’s Batang Riles from Alabang, Ampid National HS
Teachers, GoldenVille Elem School, DepED, and the Philippine
Astronomical Society.