DENR National Capital Region joined other government agencies on Sunday, 1 May 2022, to celebrate Labor Day and participate in the Duterte Legacy Caravan at the People’s Power Monument in Barangay Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
The regional office was represented by the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. and, Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief, Forester Aida E. Esguerra.
DENR National Capital Region set up a Community PanTREE in the area to distribute free seedlings of fruit-bearing trees and other food crops to participants of the activity.
Community PanTREE is the regional office’s version of citizen-led community pantries that distributed free food and other essentials to people in the wake of the series of lockdowns imposed last year to slow down the transmission of Covid-19. Instead of food, however, DENR National Capital Region’s Community PanTREE gave away free seedlings to inspire people to take up urban farming and gardening.
ARD Almira said the regional office was able to give away seedlings of Atis, Banaba, Bignay, Cacao, Duhat, Langka, Lipote, and Palawan Cherry to those who wanted to plant trees in their backyard. Free seedlings of Calamansi, Mustasa, Pechay and Siling Labuyo, meanwhile, were given to those who wanted to establish vertical or pot-based food gardens, according to CDD Chief Esguerra.
The Duterte Legacy Caravan consolidates the efforts of the government in its fight against insurgency. It also supports the implementation of Executive Order No. 70, s. 2018 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTFELCAC). Other Metro Manila-based government agencies that joined the activity also set up their tents to showcase the services offered by their offices.