MIT, NATCCO and Students and Volunteers for the Environment Plant 265 Trees in Sierra Madres

26 October 2019, Siniloan, Laguna, Sierra Madre Mountain Range.  7 participants from SAVE planted 40 trees; 28 MIT students and staff planted 140; and 17 additional NATCCO members of the public rooted 85 new native Philippine forest seedlings – for a total of 265 trees and their own mini-forest at the Laguna Quezon Land Grant, an over 9,000 hectare protected forest reserve managed by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) – FEED’s first and longest Living Legacy partner – as part of FEED’s monthly Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) tree-planting in the Sierra Madre mountain range, an environmental activity held every last Saturday of the month since 2016.

PHOTO JOURNAL – Thank you to all our latest SAVE Earth Warriors, May the Forest Be With you Always!

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NATCCO Earth Warriors

1. Ms. Camille L. Baluyot 10. Angela Joy A. Austria
2. Mr. Neil Arthur M. Bala 11. Prince Aaron A. Abes
3. Mr. Aljon Cristobal 12. Mary Rose L. Gob
4. Ms. Nova C. Valencia 13. Glen Cabiles
5. Armel Jairus D. Patawaran 14. Algene B. Acosta
6. Aprille Joy P. Madriaga 15. Ralfh A. Zurbito
7. Carlo Angelo V. Gases 16. Angelica C. Lazarte
8. Iris I. Corbito 17. Dhonna R. Francisco
9. Jeff Roy A. Palungya

About MIT

MIT-logo.pngMIT International School subscribes by the motto, “Success for Every Learner.”

Philosophy of Education
MIT International School believes that properly motivated students can master basic skills and reach their respective development potentials. It believes that the highest standards of learning and conduct are better achieved when teachers and school staff work in close collaboration with families. It believes that students respond positively to the challenges of rigorous academic work and to the demands of responsible citizenship within a warm and supportive community and through the life example of their mentors.

MIT International School is an exemplary school welcoming students from different cultural backgrounds and geographic areas. It inspires each child to attain his/her full potential in a challenging intellectual and genuinely caring environment under the tutelage of well-trained and dedicated teachers. It is a center of enlightened thought and practice in the education of the young towards competent and responsible citizenship in the home, nation, and international community.

MIT International School offers an integrated curriculum rich with values-oriented, inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate, and hands-on learning experiences. Strong emphasis is given to proficiency in mathematics, science, and oral and written English. A special place is given to the lively appreciation of music, painting, dance, and other arts.

Special attention to the learning needs of every child shall remain a primary commitment. The school shall, thus, engage the services of top caliber teachers, provide clear and constant communication with families, offer state-of-the-art facilities, and maintain small class sizes and a relatively small school population.

The school shall promote actively traditional values among its students and all its stakeholders. It shall uphold the core values of Solidarity, Truth, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Excellence, and Service (STRIPES) in all its programs and practices to ensure the integral formation of all learners.

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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.

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NATCCO-LogoThe National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO Network) began as the National Association of Training Centers for Cooperatives (NATCCO), formed by cooperators who believed that the task of co-op development lay primarily in the hands of the private sector. These leaders believed in self-help and in the idea that people in poverty need to create opportunities for themselves to improve their economic well-being.

The NATCCO Network, in endeavoring to ensure the sustainability/viability of co-ops, invests heavily in Information Technology software, hardware, and services that co-ops can acquire and use at the most reasonable cost. The key idea was to automate and standardize co-op operations. eKoopBanker is NATCCO’s premiere financial software designed for co-ops, launched in 2005 and used by more than 250 co-ops today.

The NATCCO Network is committed to help co-ops in achieving the ICA’s 2020 Vision as well as the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Advocacies pushed by the NATCCO Network, aside from Co-op Principles and Values, are Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster-Readiness of Communities, Financial Literacy, Gender & Development, Financial Inclusion, Youth Development, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, and Social Performance.

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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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