Likas Tama Relaunch

SAC relaunches Likas Tama

On 3 August 2015, St. Anthony’s College relaunched its Likas Tama, the school’s integrated environmental protection and advocacy program.   The activity coincided with the school’s Foundation Day celebration themed,  “Ako. Anthonian. Bantay Kalikasan.” which translates to “I. Anthonian. Earth Guardian.”  The relaunching comes a few weeks after the issuance of the Catholic encyclical, “Laudato Si,” issued by His Holiness Pope Francis

Speaking to a couple of thousand students, Pedro S. Altar III, Community Extension and External Relations Officer of SAC emphasized the need for continuing awareness and sustained action to ensure tangible results.  He said that the Likas Tama will be implemented through campus beautification and clean-up drive; solid waste management and small-scale organic fertilizer production; organic vegetable farm; tree nursery and native fruit trees conservation project; tree planting drives; coastal & waterways clean up drive; and pro-environment advocacy, including closure of mining operations in Antique and ending of illegal fishing activities in the province.

In a ceremonial re-leafing of the Likas Tama Tree, the environmental advocacy partners and officers of SAC stamped green handprints on an image of a leafless tree, indicating their commitments to rebuilding and protecting the environment.  Present to re-leaf the Likas Tama Tree were  Teody N. Siesa, Station Manager of 91.7 Radyo Natin Antique; Pete Zaldivar of Buenavista Cable TV; Jose Allan S. Bartolo and Elma Zamuraga, Chair and General Manager, respectively of the Bugasong Water District; Josephine C. Maguad of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office; Susima Q. Nermal, Chief of Operations of the Diocesan Social Action Center – Hublag Evelio; Vicente W. Villavert OIC of the Philippine Information Agency – Antique; Irene O. delos Reyes, President of the SAC Alumni Association – BSHM/HRM Chapter; and Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL., College President of St. Anthony’s College and concurrently, Manager of DYKA, Spirit FM and Director of the Antique Diocesan Social Action Center.

Also present were Engr. Leda T. de Gracia, Vice President for Administration of SAC; Dr. Ana Linda O. Santos, Vice President for Academic Affairs of SAC; Pedro S. Altar III of the SAC-CEERO; Jose Edison C. Tondares of the SAC-RPDO; Agnes Tamisen, Dean of the SAC Nursing Department; and Ian Dave Acuisa, President of the SAC Student Republic.

Following the relaunching ceremonies, simultaneous activities participated by college students grouped per year level were also conducted.  First year students did the clean-up drive in their respective department.  All second year students prepared the organic vegetable garden along the yard fronting the Anthonian Publication and Student Lounge.  Third year students planted native fruit trees like lanzones, avocado and jackfruit around the campus.  The fourth and fifth year students prepared their departmental botanical gardens. (JPB)