October 21, 2016 — The American Corner in Batac, at Mariano Marcos State University, organized a two-day event on the environmental benefits of bamboo planting for 100 students, faculty, and representatives from Barangay 16 Quiling Sur.
Participants learned about how bamboo helps the environment from Dr. Roseller Ayson, professor at the Mariano Marcos State University College of Agriculture. The group then planted 150 bamboo seedlings along the riverbanks of Quiling Sur in Batac Ilocos Norte to help counter erosion.
The U.S. Embassy’s Go Green! Initiative calls on all 14 American Corners throughout the Philippines to organize year-long “green” activities and programs that raise Filipinos’ environmental awareness and inspire action.
American Corners are U.S. government-funded American-style resource centers hosted by partner institutions with programming and information on the policy, culture, and values of the United States, including English language learning and study in the United States. Access is free and open to the public. The American Spaces team at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines supports 14 university-based American Corners in key locations throughout the country.