LPU TIES: Teamwork and Innovation for Environmental Sustainability

Teamwork and Innovation for Environmental Sustainability, or LPU TIES for brevity, is a collaborative approach where diverse individuals and ideas come together to devise creative solutions that address ecological challenges.  In achieving this, the Lyceum of the Philippines University reached out to its different units to form partnerships with the community and different organizations to accomplish the common goal of having a sustainable solution for the environment.

Dr. Andrew Nico O. Pilapil of the Center for Technical Education (CTE) together with Dr. Catherine Cababa of Community Outreach and Service Learning (COSEL) joined hands with the LPU Culinary Institute (CI) under Chef Nico Remaneses, the CITHM Awakened Circle of Elite Students (ACES) under Ms. Rhia Pantino, the 402nd CDC Philippine Army Reserve Command under Major Artemio Alosada, and the Laang Kawal Travellers Club Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines under Major Ariel Matic, and spearheaded a monumental coastal cleanup that was held at the coastal lines of Baranggay Calibuyo, Tanza Cavite, and a tree-growing event that was held at Camp Riego De Dios Tanza Cavite.

The sun painted the sky with hues of red and green as volunteers from all walks of life gathered at the shoreline. Armed with gloves, trash bags, and shovels, they were determined to make a difference. The salty breeze carried a sense of purpose, and the rhythm of waves served as a backdrop to their efforts.

The cleanup began with vigor as participants combed the beach, picking up litter that had washed ashore. Plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets, and a myriad of other debris were collected, their presence posing a threat to marine life and the pristine beauty of the coast. As strangers became friends who shared a common objective, laughter and camaraderie filled the air.

After hours of diligent work, the coastline underwent a remarkable transformation. The once-polluted stretch of beach now gleamed with cleanliness and promise. But the mission was far from over. With the same determination, the group shifted gears and started planting fruit-bearing trees along the fields inside the military camp.

Under the guidance of experts, they carefully dug holes and placed young trees into the soil. Each tree symbolized hope—the promise of a greener, healthier future for Tanza Cavite. With sweat on their brows and smiles on their faces, they nurtured the earth, knowing that their efforts would bear fruit for generations to come.

As the sun got stronger in the afternoon, the volunteers stood back to admire their work and shared a meal and refreshments after a very hard labor. The coastal cleanup and tree planting had not only rejuvenated the environment but also forged bonds of unity and purpose amongst the LPU administration, students, and our brave soldiers. Tanza’s coast now stands as a testament to what can be achieved when people come together for a greater cause, leaving a legacy of cleaner shores and a brighter future.