Re-Greening Earth

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE. Students of Tambo National High School with their teachers pooled themselves for a better future of Lake Buhi.
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE. Students of Tambo National High School with their teachers pooled themselves for a better future of Lake Buhi.

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We owe God everything, and taking good care of the Earth is our expression of gratitude to Him. - Don B. Balderas Jr.

Today, I rest my pen to abuse my fingers once again to tick on keys to write about how schools express their concern for the environment and for the only Earth, whether we like it or not, we will continuously live in. And that is, I believe, individually and collectively, everyone's concern.

The Action

Only last Saturday (March 5, 2011 to be exact), our fourth year students at Tambo National High School, headed by the proponent, JESSA MONA N. BAYOS, CAT corps commander, with the strong support of the school's faculty and administration, sponsored a day-long clean up activity along the shores of the Lake Buhi known to be the home of the smallest fish in the world, the 'sinarapan.'

The lake has been famous for this. In addition to that, in the village and in the whole province, it is home to the 'tilapia,' another variety of fish cultured in the lake and serves as the major source of livelihood for the people in the place.

The Issue

Lately and temporarily, the fish cage owners have not been allowed to be sell their 'tilapia' products because of the fish kill that happened in the lake fearful of the harmful effects it must cause consumers and their lives.

Accordingly, the fish kill is due to the suffocation as an effect of the saturation of the fish feeds in addition to the congestion caused by the fish cages. Consequently, the lake could no longer supply enough amount of oxygen to the fishes in the cages and in the lake.

Another culprit singled out for the fish kill is the large population of water hyacinth that disallows the lake from breathing oxygen which the fishes need to habitate.

Consequently, the livelihood of the people in the vicinity is affected and the supply of the fishes in the market has diminished giving opportunities for other tilapia raisers to increase their selling price.

The Concern

That has become the very reason why students of the school took action to clear the shores of the lake from the growing number of water hyacinth.

Students have recognized the importance of the lake to them. That the life of the lake is a loss for the people in the villages near it because they depend on it for their livelihood.

Several months before the holding of this activity, a similar move was done by the local government of Buhi in recognition of the fact that fish kills can make huge impact not only in the lives of the people in the municipality but also to economic activities in the place.

All sectors of the community were invited to participate but with the bigger participation coming from the schools in the town. The call was well responded and that made it commendable.

For the participants, please continue to signify your willingness to help as we anticipate with great appreciation your heart for this cause.

This same activity had driven these students to act on their own and had their share of responsibility in saving the lake and in effect saving the lives of the people living along its shores. These students deserve huge appreciation. Much more the teachers behind them.

This laudable contribution shares an impact to the bigger advocacy on taking good care of Mother Nature.

The Call

Expectedly, the whole community including the lakeside barangays of Buhi should take action on this urgent call because nobody else could help reverse the present situation of the lake but people who benefit from it.

The act must not only include decongesting the lake from the presence of water hyacinth and fish cages, but also on imposing other regulations on fish feeds, garbage disposal, including community partnership to sustain productivity and at the same time preserving the life of the lake and the people depending on it for livelihood. The challenge really is that of taking a big leap on making it and maintaining its tourism worthiness.

Indeed, people who recognize the need and its effects to the people in the community have to continue supporting this initiative, and put bigger premium on saving lives. In that way, sustainability can be very well in place, and partnership with stakeholders be established and institutionalized.

Shared responsibility is simply an expression of loving care and caring love. Don B. Balderas Jr.

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gclitty 5 years ago

Agreed! Very informative, great hub. -gio


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much gclitty. This is a call to do our little share for Mother Earth. Who else will do it but us.


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pinkdaisy 5 years ago from Canada

Great hub for Earth Day!


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much pinkdaisy for reading my hub.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I hope all household members in one family should take part on re-greening the Earth. This is a very timely hub, SIr Don.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Indeed, this hopes to see fruits in other places so captivated by the fast-paced life and yet becoming neglectful of their sense of care for the environment. Winning support for the cause of environmental protection is winning battles for life.


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

When God created the earth and the fullness thereof, He intended that we have dominion over it to take care of it. If humans take care of the earth, the earth will take care of humans. (useful, vote up, awesome, and beautiful) Thank you so much for this article.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

The passion for life includes a compassionate heart who takes good care not only of himself but of the God-given environment, safe, habitable and healthy. Thanks Brinafr3sh. Please do your share.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

A wonderful hub! Yes, we all must take part in taking care of mother earth. I smiled at the word tilapia. In our country, we also have fish with this name.

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. http://bit.ly/eIjMq9 This link will take you there.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

You set such a good example. Thank you for sharing your story. It's wonderful that you and your students look the time and care to help recover the livelihood of the fishermen while cleaning up the overgrowth of water hyacinth. Congratulations on your nomination!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Sir DON!!! Hold your breath. Your efforts paid off. You are nominated. Please check the link posted by ripplemaker. Congratulations!!!


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Hi, Ino. I am still a novice and find difficult going through the complexities of this hub. But I am learning. Thank you very much. The recognition means affirmation on my part.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thanks ripplemaker for the information. It's only now I learned about it. Thank you also for the comments. We really are pursuing better plans this school year to continue with the project with a whole package of activities.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

tHANK YOU VERY MUCH CAT ON A SOAPBOX. i AM HAPPY FOR WHAT THIS HUB IS REAPING. THE PURPOSE IS JUST TO ENCOURAGE MORE SUPPORT FOR ADVOCACY LIKE THIS. BUT I THINK IT'S MORE THAN WHAT I THINK IT IS.


jessa mona bayos 5 years ago

thank you sir for creating this great hub!!!

congratulations also sir!!!

masayang-masaya po ako dahil nagbunga po mga paghihirap namin while doing this fruitful activity..


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thanks Jessa. Am proud having you as active partner in development. May I just request your kind indulgence to inform me of any other initiative relative to this advocacy. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself.


Jessa Mona Bayos 5 years ago

you're very much welcome sir!!! it's my pleasure to help... i'll inform you sir..


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much Jessa.


eddiefgarcia 5 years ago

maurag.....maustik....


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much Sir Eddie. It's a good feeling to be sharing this experience taking pride in the work of other people who do good things benefitting a bigger and immediate community. You may also try doing and sharing some experiences happening in your school. Thanks again for paying this hub a visit.


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Johnathan L Groom 5 years ago from Bristol, CT

Nice work my friend, nice work...

-johnathan-


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

JOHNATHAN L GROOM: Thank you very much.

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