Baras News

  • Smart Renews Commitment To Protect Marikina Watershed

    Smart Renews Commitment To Protect Marikina Watershed

    Smart, the wireless unit of PLDT, and PSF recently provided funding in support of the Tayabasang Umuusad ng Pangkatutubong Asosasyon (TUPAI) community and FOREST Families project, which gives incentives to families for their efforts to protect forest areas, addressing livelihood challenges and environmental degradation within the watershed.

    The two organizations are committed to the protection of 13 hectares of remaining forest and restoration of 5 hectares within the high conservation areas of the Marikina watershed for a period of five years.

    ?PSF has been supporting the Marikina water ...

  • ATV Adventures Rizal

    ATV Adventures Rizal

    Rizal is an adventurer's playground often frequented by mountain bikers and motorcycle riders. The Sierra Madre mountain range east of Manila offers numerous off-road trails where you can ride through forests, beside river trails, or visit scenic spots with overlooking views. I've written a lot about places to visit in Rizal since it's my favorite weekend destination near the metro. It's hard to believe that some of these places exist so near Manila.

    For weekend warriors who don't know how to bike or ride but still want to experience the thrill of off-road trails, one option is to ride an A ...

  • Native Species For Reforestation In The Upper Marikina River Basin

    Native Species For Reforestation In The Upper Marikina River Basin

    Here's a quick challenge: Enumerate five tree species that are native to the Philippines. I hope that you at least mentioned Narra, probably the most famous native Philippine tree. But did your answers include mangga, santol, langka, sampaloc, or atis? These latter species are all aliens in the Philippines, believe it or not.

    It is indeed a sad fact that Filipinos do not know their very own plant species. Our mentor the great, late Leonardo Co realized this and founded the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI).

    I spent last weekend in a planning meeting with office ...

  • PTT Leads Antipolo Tree Planting

    Some 500 volunteers of a tree-planting initiative of PTT Philippines successfully planted 5,000 indigenous and fruit-bearing trees at the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) in Antipolo City recently.

    As part of its three-year reforestation project called "Sibol: Re-Greening Marikina Watershed," the volunteers braved the monsoon rains and the muddy and rocky terrain going to UMRBPL in Sitio Ysiro, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City to plant seedlings in the 30-hectare denuded portion of the reservation area.

    "This tree planting is our way of promoting protection and pre ...

  • Peoples Voices Marikina Watershed

    Voices from members of people's organizations in the Marikina watershed. They speak of how the Initiative has affected them and what still needs to be done.

  • The Rehabilitation Of The Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape

    The Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape is a protected area in the Province of Rizal in the Philippines. The annual tree planting activity, spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is aimed at promoting social relevance and environmental awareness as well as foster cooperative spirit and camaraderie among members of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS). It serves as its contribution to the crusade to protect the environment, and to care for Mother Earth, towards sustainable development.