Upland Reforestation 2014 By: Elton Masong EAYF Scholar

Our environment is getting worse day by day, and we are suffering for our mistakes. Mother Earth is in dire need of help. The ozone layer is quickly rotting away; the waters are polluted; and the rain forest is rapidly shrinking in size. It’s getting harder and harder for our families to stay healthy with all the pollution we experience every day. Global warming has gradually crippling us. We are greatly affected by the wrath of our environment and this slowly affects our families and our future one day. Reforestation could carry out a lot of difference to our environment. For environmental benefits it could mitigate climate change, conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species, improve local water quality, retain top soil and control erosion. It could also establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities for community benefits.

Ernesto “Asay” Yu Foundation Inc. (EAYFI) is totally aware to this kind problem and possible solution for we cannot just stand by and not take into account the appalling phenomenon to our environment that is why the Ernesto “Asay” Yu Foundation Inc. proactively putting into mind the harms brought about by the people in the environment.

I, as a scholar of the EAYFI, participated in the battle that the foundation has done as a response to what is happening to our environment. We believe that nothing is impossible when it comes to helping our environment. For this reason, last Oct. 19, 2014 we conducted our “Upland Reforestation Program” in Sitio Cantipla, Brgy. Tabunan, Cebu City. Upland reforestation is the restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually deforestation in high ground areas. For a student like me, it was really a breathtaking experience with my co-scholars and the EAYFI staff. My memorable experience also created a bond between my co- scholars for we get to know more about each other. It did not just create fun but I was also proud for these little hands of mine took part in making a big difference in restoring our beautiful environment.

You see, it’s not who you but, it is what you do to contribute to the world with that little hands. Little it may seem but the works you just did are as vast as anyone could imagine because that little hands did very wonderful things that is to help in the restoration of our beautiful mother nature. All of the worst things can be prevented if you just take the time to think about it. What could you do to help our world? And how could we join together as one country to help our world and make it a better place to live in?

- Masong, Elton D.