In celebration of the Augustinian Mission Awareness Day and the Environmental Month of the Negros Occidental Province, the Community Extension Program Office (CEPO) spearheaded the launching of the Augustinian Tree Growing Project on June 10, 2021 at Centro Sant’Agostino-Benedicto Retreat House (CSA-Bacolod Retreat House), Don Salvador Benedicto.
Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA (Vice President for Augustinian Formation, Religious Affairs and Mission, and Prior of the CSA-Bacolod Community) in his welcome message, shared the importance of fulfilling the mission entrusted by the LORD to every person in whatever field or profession he/she may be. The Head of the Program Management Division of the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO), Dr. Eriberto M. Madalag gave the message on the importance of the protection of the environment during the program. Afterwhich, Ms. Desiree D. Diel CEPO Head, disclosed the background of the project. Then, blessing of the site was done by Fr. Tito D. Soquiño, OSA, the Vice President for Student Affairs and External Relations.
Different stakeholders were represented such as: Rudy Reveche and Rocky Nicor for the Alumni, Marites B. Javelona, PTA, Sandra de Erit, NTP/FEASA, Engr. Jhonel Espanola, Student Government, Karen L. Zamora for the HRMDO, Gereon Cabarles, PhD., the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Eriberto Madalag, Mr. Carlo Eran (PEMO Forester) and team from PEMO, and Desiree Diel and Altha Gracia Diopido for CEPO.
Five Augustinian friars who participated in the tree growing were Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA, VPFRAM, Fr. Tito Soquiño, OSA, VPSA, Fr. Romanico Cañon, OSA, Fr. Patrick Paul M. de Castro, OSA, Retreat House Administrator, and Rev. Rey Cyril C. Lagrosa, OSA, Retreat House Assistant Administrator. (www.csab.edu.ph)