Chiz lauds Taluksangay teacher’s mangrove reforestation program PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:04

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has lauded Shaleen Serana, a public school teacher from Zamboanga City who recently won in the Asia-Pacific regional finals of the Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards (ITLA), for her mangrove reforestation program that bested 63 entries from 13 countries.

Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said Serana, who teaches in Tuan Datu Hadji Abdulla Memorial High School, exemplified true excellence and innovation that Filipinos are known for, particularly in caring for the environment.

“Miss Serana deserves all the praise and support for her timely and important project,” Escudero said. “The mangrove reforestation program she designed is what we need especially at this point in time when our environment is under attack. Mother Earth needs all the care that we can give to protect her.”

According to Escudero, Serana’s back-to-basic approach to protecting the environment should be replicated in other areas to draw in more people at the grassroots level to participate in saving their communities from potential risks and vulnerabilities to weather disturbances and climate change.

“Hopefully we see more similar programs in place that have long-term beneficial impact to our environment and to our people. I am confident that the world will see the important contribution of Miss Serana’s mangrove reforestation program to environment protection as she competes in the finals in Greece this coming November,” the senator said.

Serana was grand winner of the Asia-Pacific regional round of the ITLA held in Auckland, New Zealand last March. She will represent the entire region to the international finals to be held in Greece in November.