I took another look at our Bitan-ag tree planting photos and this one gives me some worries.
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There are 11 persons in the photo. Thousands more are not there but maybe aware of the events but are not concerned.
Obviously, the photo highlights the tree planting event. I join Ate Joy and our family (Kuya Mosad and Filo) who traveled far from North Africa (Egypt) to help us reforest our lakeshores. Mana Aida Paz was with us too. A worthy endeavor, showing care and love of the environment.
But barely 5 meters away, another 5 persons are busy working in the background. They are quarrying sand from the lake. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THIS? I had a series of blogposts about this in the Pidjanga Blog in 2007-2008. Those were concerns I raised almost a decade ago. Until now, the quarrying continues.
"NANGINABUHI RA". Amo man. Just like the 11th person in the photo... namaling or namukot kay "nanginabuhi ra". As I have suggested, give Maintinons a chance to have their own livelihood, but allow sand quarrying within the permitted zones.
HELP ME. HELP our TOWN. PRESERVE OUR LAKE.