January2023 1

(DENR Caraga represented by Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga led by Regional Director Dr. George M. Colorado for the implementation of the "One Million Malunggay Plant Growing Advocacy Project" on January 13, 2023, at the Hero Auditorium of the Caraga State University in Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City.

The advocacy program aims to plant one million malunggay (Moringa oleifera) trees across Caraga region in the timespan of one (1) year with the help of all the region’s higher education institutions and partner agencies. The project also intends to help mitigate climate change, restore greenery within the surrounding environment, and for communities to have easier access to malunggay trees and their many health benefits.

The ceremonial signing was also attended by DENR Caraga Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Maritess M. Ocampo, DMO V and Regional ENGP Coordinator For. Luis P. Gonzaga, CSU Dean for College of Forestry and Environment Roger Sarmiento, representatives from various State Colleges and Universities, media practitioners, and other officials and staff from DENR and CHED Caraga.)