Philippine Bible Society

PBS in Cayabu: Planting trees and Planting the Word

Since the beginning of 2011, the Philippine Bible Society has been rallying Filipinos for the care of creation in the light of God’s Word through this year’s National Bible Week theme: Becoming One Nation in the Stewardship of Creation. In line with this theme, PBS’ Staff Retreat also applied the same where the staff made a commitment to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us through practicing energy conservation and proper waste management in the workplace and our personal homes, as well as showing love for God’s creation like planting trees and not contributing to pollution.
So last July 16, 2011, PBS fulfilled that commitment by trooping to the mountains of Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal and planted 200 Narra seedlings to help restore the thinning forests there. Mr. Arnold Balitor, DENR Area Coordinator, oriented the 50 PBS employees how to properly plant the seedlings in the ground and provided a short introduction as to what the program is about.

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PBS staff pose after a tiring morning of planting.

This tree-planting program called the National Greening Program (NGP) was launched by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 13, 2011 where collaboration of three key national agencies were tapped, namely Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture, and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). This program was implemented in action to the Executive Order No. 26 of President Aquino on February 24, 2011, which is by far “the widest and most sustained reforestation venture ever embarked on a national scale combining the resources and manpower of almost all national line agencies” having the goal of planting 1.5 billion trees to cover about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016.
After the tree-planting session, the staff walked to the nearby community of Cayabu to distribute calamity portions (Pag-asa sa Gitna ng Trahedya) and selections (Walang Makapaghihiwalay sa Atin sa Pag-ibig ng Diyos) to the residents and share with them the love of God. One resident, a woman in her late 50’s, Nanay Melania, was so happy and grateful for the free Scripture materials given to her. Though she admitted she didn’t know how to read, she was excited to bring home the Scripture materials to her children for them to read it to her.
All in all, this has been a holistic event for the PBS staff. Not only were they able to help restore the forest of Cayabu but it was also a great physical and spiritual activity for them. And for PBS, it has just begun.

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

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Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

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Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society