Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Philippines: Volunteers from IRRI and other organizations plant 200 trees for a community restoration project

Staff members from the Communication Unit and Partnership Office of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) joined other volunteers from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs, Rotary Club of West Bay, and the local government of Barangay Tuntungin Putho in planting 200 trees during the second phase of the Bitukang Manok Creek Restoration project on 15 November.

The restoration project is a collaborative effort among community members in Tuntungin Putho to prevent flooding at the creek site. The area is home to around ninety families who are at risk of being displaced by floods caused by heavy rains. The first phase of the restoration project was held on 23 August when around 150 volunteers and residents cleared the site of debris and weeds in preparation for the tree planting.

IRRI, through the Partnerships Office-Philippines Desk, continues to support development activities in neighboring communities as part of its commitment to strengthen ties with local and national communities and local government in its host country.

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