THIS one's for the environment.

Going green, members of the Davao City High School (DCHS) Batch '85 conducted a tree-planting activity last December 5 along the Bankerohan river bank as part of their environmental responsibility.

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The DCHS '85 batchmates, some of them with their children in tow, planted Malibago seedlings in consonant also with their chosen theme "Green Earth" for the school's grand alumni homecoming this year, which they are hosting. The DCHS graduates of 1985 class intend to plant a total of 1,985 trees before the big event in December 2010.

Class '85 initially produced 100 Malibago seedlings for the undertaking last month, which was held in coordination with village officials of Barangay 5-A. Malibago was picked because it has a resilient characteristic and grows fast.

Dressed in white shirts and armed with shovels and bolos, members of Class '85 toured the river bank to plant the seedlings starting at around 9 a.m. They completed the activity just before noon and then proceeded to the D' Counter for a hearty lunch.

Early this year, the DCHS '85 members will resume their tree-plating campaign along the Maa riverside, and launch clean-up drives along the shorline and Brigada Linis before the school opens in June.

During the 2009 Grand Alumni Homecoming last December 20 at the school, now named the Davao City National High School or DCNHS, the '85 members presented a well-applauded audio-visual presentation of their serious campaign for the protection of the environment, and how they are going to stage this year's homecoing on December 19, 2010 at the Matina Town Square.

DCHS Batch '85 president Abigail Ola¤o said it is now high time to create environmental awareness and come up with a series of activities that will save Mother Earth from destruction brought about by illegal logging, forest fires, deforestation and improper disposal of waste materials.

"This destruction has had disastrous effects that we are experiencing now...flashfloods, landslides that eventually led to loss of lives. Isn't this an eye-opener to all of us?" Ola¤o said in her speech after accepting the responsibility to host this year's grand alumni homecoming.

"I'd say yes. And yes, we can also restore, and to start with this Batch '85 has come up with "The Green Earth" program. The countdown begins down to the 1,985 trees and continues to the 2010 Grand Alumni Homecoming. Let us join the countdown to December 19, 2010," Olaño said.