In celebration of Arbor Day and Environment Month last June 24, 2019, SMI and its partners came together to plant along the banks of Altayan River in Brgy. Liberty, Tampakan, South Cotabato. SMI staff, together with local government officials and residents of Barangay Liberty and the members of the SMI Scholars Association, planted 650 hills of Bayog bamboo and 5 Bitaog seedlings.
The Altayan River is SMI’s adopted water body under the Adopt-an-Estero Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
In 2018, DENR XII cited SMI as Best Adopter for its outstanding initiatives in maintaining the cleanliness of the 2-kilometer Altayan River in collaboration with government agencies and community members.