CISV and Hawak Kamay Student Volunteers Add 180 Trees to Sierra Madre Watershed in Siniloan, Laguna

28 September 2019, Siniloan, Laguna. 33 CISV planters added 165 native trees; while 3 Hawak Kamay volunteer partners of FEED planted 15 native forest trees during  the monthly Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) tree planting program by FEED, adding a total of 180 trees to the Sierra Madres at the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, an over 9,000 hectare protected forest reserve under the Lang Grant Management Office of FEED’s longest Living Legacy partner, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

May the Forest be with you all Earth Warriors!


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About SAVE

save_logoFEED’s environmental volunteering projects exist to give students and other (including corporate) volunteers and members of the public the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and gain invaluable experience along the way.

Through our partnerships, you can volunteer with environmental and conservation projects across the Philippines, to develop new skills and turn passion into positive action in the local communities we work with.

More about SAVE here:

ABOUT Hawak Kamay

Hawak-Kamay-WebsiteIn early 2019, Hawak Kamay reached out to FEED offering a chance to be part of their volunteering efforts in the Philippines.

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement, FEED started its first Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) tree planting activity on 27 April 2019, starting the first of a series of plantings with the public at large.

More about Hawak Kamay here:

About CISV

CISV-logoCISV is made up of volunteers of all ages, child delegates and the junior branch. We call ourselves CISV’ers! We are a diverse group of individuals from all over the world. If you see us out and about, you might think us a bit too silly and loud, but we always find ways to have fun while learning a thing or two and most definitely sharing them with you.

What exactly do we do?
In CISV, we learn by doing. We create and provide educational group activities and programmes to develop cross-cultural understanding in everyone. We embrace each one’s differences and try to develop understanding in one’s own culture and uniqueness. With the goal that participants may live out their lives as global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world. We believe that peace is possible through friendship and mutual understanding. Through our programmes, we hope to help all CISV’ers to develop skills to become open, responsible, and active individuals that seek to make a difference in their own communities and the world. Our purpose is to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world. CISV has a vision of a more peaceful and just world and everyone has the responsibility to make this a reality. With this purpose, comes hand-in-hand with our values, which are Friendship, Inclusiveness, Enthusiasm, Engagement, and Cooperation.

You can get to know more about CISV Philippines, chapters, and local activities here:


FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE)Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One TreeBio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.

In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry.

If Nature could talk, what would she say?

“Some call me Nature, others call me mother nature. I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years. Twenty-two thousand five hundred times longer than you. I don’t really need people but people need me.  Yes, your future depends on me. When I thrive, you thrive; when I falter, you falter or worse. But I’ve been here for aeons; I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you. My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests, they all can take you or leave you.

How you chose to live each day whether you regard or disregard me doesn’t really matter to me. One way or the other your actions will determine your fate not mine. I am nature. I will go on. I am prepared to evolve. Are you?”


Source: (IUCN)

Tree-Planting with FEED

Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go:


Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own tree-nurturing or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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