To celebrate Women’s Month, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently joined a mangrove planting activity that connected women with the critical issue of addressing climate change and food security in their community.
Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently joined the Lanao Del Norte Provincial Gender and Development Committee in a mangrove planting activity to celebrate Women’s Month.
The activity, held in Barangay Pikinit, Sultan Naga Dimaporo in northern Mindanao, connected women with the critical issue of addressing climate change and food security in the province. Around 2,000 mangrove seedlings were planted during the celebration under the theme “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability Everyone’s Responsibility”.
The community-based organization Pikinit, Tagulo, and Dangolaan Association (PITADA), which is being supported by the WFP Food for Work (FFW) Programme, supplied the seedlings for the event. PITADA is receiving WFP food assistance in exchange for their mangrove seedling production and planting activities.
More than 550 participants from different organizations and sectors joined the celebration, including the PITADA, Provincial Local Government Unit of Lanao del Norte, 35th Brigade Battalion of Philippine Army, Lanao Aquatic and Marine Fisheries Center for Community (LAFCCOD), Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Women’s Federated Organization in SND, Municipal Local Government Unit of SND, and the Barangay Local Government Unit of Pikinit.
The care, maintenance and monitoring of the mangrove sites will be undertaken by the Pikinit Local Government Unit, in cooperation with the DENR, Municipal Local Government Unit of SND and LAFCCOD, through its community-based organization PITADA.
Ashary Bantuas joined WFP Philiipines' Iligan City sub-office in 2010, where he now works as programme assistant in charge of WFP Philippines' Food-for-Asset programmes in Lanao del Norte,Lanao del Sur and Iligan.
He is a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management graduate from the Mindanao State University in Marawi City.