A joint force of cooperatives in the endeavor of helping the environment to sustain its beauty through information dissemination of environmental awareness was indeed a notable accomplishment of Tayabas City Cooperative Development Council (TCCDC) and Tayabas City Cooperative Development Office (TCCDO).
In line with the Cooperative Month 2021 with the theme “Kooperatibang Matatag: Tumutugon sa mga Hamon, Daan sa Pagbangon, Nagbibigay Pagasa sa Makabagong Panahon!” the TCCDC organized another move of Environmental Education and Awareness Activity. Last October 15, 2021, a simultaneous river clean-up in some of the rivers of Tayabas City, Quezon Province was slated. Therivers cleaned were those in Masin, Ilaya Malaki in Lalo and Camaysa, Ibiya Malaki in Brgy. Opias and Ibabang Palale of the said City. Also, there are posting of signboards to give information about RA 9275, an act providing for a comprehensive water quality management and for other purposes or Clean Water Act of 2004.
It was such a joy to see the volunteer members who joined the river clean cheerfully serving communities and environment. Although facemasks were always worn during tour river clean-up to follow safety precautions, the smiling faces could not be hidden through the eyes of the cooperators as they helped in maintaining the beauty of rivers.
Meanwhile, this 2021 is the 5th year of Tree Planting of the Tayabas Cooperative under the leadership of Mr. Gener Abordo, City Cooperative Development Officer. The said activity was conducted last October 22, 2021 in Mt. Banahaw, San Cristobal Protected Landscape. This was also one of the programs of the month-long cooperative celebration of TCCDC and TCCDO in partnership with City Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Tayabas Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, General Services Office, Tapat Kalikasan, City Information and Community Relations Office and Bureau of Fire Protection of Tayabas City.
The tree planting was coordinated as one of the interventions to Climate Change. The programs also included Information Education Awareness Activity by lecturing the Seven (7) Environmental Principles. In addition, activities, groupings and games were also done during the tree planting.
The said activities showed that the cooperative sector is not just concern for its fellow members but also concern to its community. The environment conservation has always been its priority responsibility. The sector always believed to have an obligation to leave a footprint of concern. (By: Ms. Hannah Leah Panaligan, CDS II-Quezon)