The Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, along with other agencies and partners, assisted the Tawi-Tawi Local Government in initiating the tree planting effort on September 21, 2021 through its MENRE. More than 1,500 saplings were planted at Barangays Pahut, Pasiagan, and Simandagit, all of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
This activity is part of a series of activities associated with the 48th Kamahardikaan Sin Tawi-Tawi. Every September, Kamahardikaan is observed. It is the province of Tawi-Tawi’s anniversary festival. This festival honors the Sama, Badjao, Jama Mapun, and Tausug tribes’ culture and heritage.
Tawi-Tawi Governor Yshmael “Mang” Sali officiated the tree planting ceremony, which was also attended by Col. Romeo T. Racadio PN(M), Commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade/JTF Tawi Tawi.
The program, according to Col. Racadio, aims to promote Tawi-Tawians’ knowledge of the necessity of reducing the consequences of climate change through reforestation, particularly on the island/border province of Tawi Tawi.
Racadio noted that by actively participating in it, the military sector takes the lead not only in the battle against lawlessness and terrorism, but also in environmental conservation, which is a foundational obligation of everyone in the entire human security dimension.