One Child, One Tree & Sali Family Planting Efforts Recognized by Hagonoy Mayor Cruz

10 October 2019, Hagonoy, Bulacan.  “The SB formally recognised us today and we had a meeting with Hon. Mayor Cruz of Hagonoy. He’s really genuinely proud of our award,” commented the founder of One Child, One Tree Natalia Sali – also a FEED Ambassador who just keeps planting trees – referring to the September 27th, 2019 Jollibee Family Values “Special Citation – Environment” award garnered by the Sali Family planting thousands of trees in their home province of Hagonoy, Bulacan.

jollibee-special-citation-environment-2019-sali-family.jpg“We then met for 30 mins with Mayor Cruz, Coach Millord and the SB Secretary. He said that representatives from the Netherlands are coming tomorrow to help plan land use and water management that will prevent floods in Hagonoy, as part of the Sustainable Development Master Plan for Manila Bay”.

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NatSali-MangrovePlanting-OneChild-OneTreeFamily2.png“Mayor Cruz of Hagonoy has agreed to fund the protection of the mangrove area and will install a paid person to guard the area; fix the fencing for enhanced protection; make sure a boat is available when we plant mangroves; and encourage and support the continued One Child, One Tree planting in schools, with the Food Forests and Bio-Intensive Gardens”. – Natalia Sali.

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One Child, One Tree was founded in January 2017 by Natalia Sali to respond and help mitigate climate change by planting trees. It is underpinned by the importance of educating children about the value of trees and facilitating their involvement in planting trees in different parts Bulacan. It aspires for each child to understand how she/he can contribute in saving the environment and own the responsibility as she/he grows older. One of One Child One Tree’s important accomplishments was the passage of an ordinance declaring the mangrove area in Tibaguin, Hagonoy, Bulacan as a sanctuary or a protected mangrove reforestation site.

One Child, One Tree’s primary partner is Fostering Education for Environment and Development (FEED) who has been supporting its advocacy since its kick-off project in 25 schools in January 2017.  Since then,  OCOT and FEED have implemented a number of environment education and planting events and have jointly held training and established Food Forests in several schools in Malolos and Hagonoy.

The award is an indication of the heightened awareness of corporations such as Jollibee Food Corporation on the importance of the environment. The recognition further inspires Sali Family to thrive and remain committed to continue its advocacy.

“Food Forests” is a term FEED coined to describe FEED’s agro-forestry approach to tree planting and reforestation programs in the Philippines. It involves land-use management system in which trees and shrubs are grown around or among crops or pasture lands. Food forests in schools are aimed at addressing not only soil erosion but also the nutrition issue in some barangays.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please email Natalia Sali at Natalia@feed.org.ph

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