DAVAO City, Sept. 1, 2015—In response to the call of Pope Francis to care for the environment, Catholics here in Davao Region have resorted to organic farming and tree planting as their contribution to this worldwide celebration.
With Pope Francis’ declaration of Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the Archdiocesan Social Action Center of Davao (ASAC) organized a series of trainings for lay leaders and members to learn about the benefits of organic farming.
ASAC Coordinator Sr. Ma. Marissa Arado, TDM said ASAC partnered with different agencies, which specialize in organic farming, so they can share their expertise to lay leaders and members who will also pass on their learnings to others.
Organic vs. synthetic
“Organic farming, compared to synthetic farming does not do harm to the environment and to human beings. Our aim is to make organic farming as a way of life so we don’t rely on food production that will harm our health and our environment,” Arado said
“This is also our way of doing our role as stewards of God’s creation since it is also our vocation to care for the environment,” he said, adding that the month of September will be their training for organic farming in Wangan, a remote barangay in Davao City.
September also being the month of vocation in the Archdiocese of Davao, Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles presided over a Holy Mass to mark its launching today, Sept. 1, at the San Pedro Cathedral here.
Meanwhile, Fr. Kim Cossid, parish priest of Sto. Rosario Parish in Malita, Davao Occidental said his parish has organized a tree-planting activity in response to Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical.
Members of the Ministry of Altar Servers and Parish Social Action Ministry also participated in the planting of 100 trees on Aug. 8 in Brgy. Bito in Malita, Davao Occidental.
The parish priest said though Malita is surrounded by forests, development and an increasing number of inhabitants have increased logging activities in the city.
“Planting of trees is the best way that we can help in mitigating the effects of climate change and avoid disasters caused by flooding and landslides,” explained Cossid during an interview with CBCP News.
“This is our only home. If we don’t care for Mother, what are we going to leave for the next generation? Pope Francis has been active in showing his care for our environment. We should follow what he says,” Cossid ended. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)