The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo, Masbate headed by CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial joins the Tree Hugging Campaign of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) on February 14, 2022 at the mangrove area of Tigbao, Aroroy, Masbate.

The pandemic showed us that there are things we have taken for granted like hugs. During stressful times, hugs can make us cope better,” CENRO Imperial said.

As a working mother, all I would wish for at the end of a long day is warm hug from my daughters. It is how I know I am home but the times we live in forced us to do away with hugging. We have to practice social distancing to show that we care. The good news is that hugs are not just for people, it is also for trees,” she added.

Further, CENRO Imperial said that, “there are increasing evidence that hugging trees can benefit our mental health. It is symbolic of reconnecting with nature amid a fast-paced world.”

DENR advocates that through the Tree Hugging Campaign, the public will be inclined to reconnect with nature to improve one’s eco-wellness, overall wellbeing and take part in the environment’s conservation and protection. (With report from CENRO Mobo)