University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:34

Laguna-Quezon Land Grant launches #Greening4SierraMadre campaign


With the increasing incidence of devastating typhoons over the years, the slopes and peaks of Sierra Madre have stood their ground to buffer storms before they hit inland and create more havoc. But the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant (LQLG) team believes we may not have this luxury for long.

“The massive deforestation in the area has significantly weakened the mountain,” said For. Reynaldo E. Lorida, LQLG area manager.

This issue is being addressed by the LQLG team with the launching of the #Greening4SierraMadre campaign during the LQLG 88th Foundation Day at Brgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan, Laguna on Feb. 9.

The campaign encourages everyone to help save the Sierra Madre by planting and growing trees in the mountain range.

“We can appreciate the importance of our land grant if we look at it not just for UP but for the betterment of the environment,” said Dr. Virgilio T. Villancio, the Land Grant manager.

Gracing the event was UP President  Danilo L. Concepcion, who, in his message, shared his vision to harness the potentials of the land grant to generate income for the whole UP System, aside from developing it as a research and experimental laboratory for faculty and students.

At the end of the program, For. Benjamin D. Arizala was awarded a plaque of recognition as the former Land Grant manager.

Others who attended the event were Dr. Elvira A. Zamora, UP vice president for development, and Dr. Marish S. Madlangbayan, UPLB vice chancellor for planning and development, who represented Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.

The LQLG is a 6,765-hectare property that straddles Siniloan, Laguna and Real, Quezon. It was acquired by UP on Feb. 8, 1930 by virtue of Republic Act 3608 – “An act endowing the University of the Philippines with portions of the public domain for additional support and maintenance, and for other purposes.” (John Glen S. Sarol)