The NEDA-CAR staff cleaning the office compound at the Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
The NEDA-CAR staff cleaning the office compound at the Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City

On November 25, 2016, Friday, the staff of NEDA-CAR turned-off their computers, went out of their offices, rolled their sleeves, and, armed with garden tools, broomsticks, gloves and hats, did their share in caring for the environment.

About 42 staff cleaned the NEDA-CAR surroundings of scattered branches and leaves, uprooted unwanted weeds, and trimmed  tree branches.  Some planted pine tree seedlings provided by the DENR, while others maintained previously planted ones.

SFO Camilo Balancio of the Baguio City Fire Department giving a demonstration of what to do in case of an earthquake.
SFO Camilo Balancio of the Baguio City Fire Department giving a demonstration of what to do in case of an earthquake.

The clean-up activity was followed by an earthquake drill in the afternoon, with SFO Camilo Balancio of the Baguio City Fire Department supervising the activity. After the drill, he shared practical tips on what to do in case of an earthquake.

By the end of the day, everyone suggested that activities such as this should be conducted once a month, a clear indication that for them, the activity, although tiring, was an enjoyable and fulfilling one.