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TFL project launching for bicol's mangrove/coastal areas set

by AS Araya

Legazpi City (14 September) -- The regional launching of the "Trees for Life" project for mangrove and coastal areas in Bicol will be held Wednesday, September 19, in Barangay Diamante, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon.

The shift to mangrove and coastal areas this month is in accordance with the four thematic areas for planting adopted under the Trees for Life (TFL) project.

As lead agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conceived of four thematic areas for the TFL project which includes: watershed and protected areas for the month of August; mangrove and coastal areas in September; agroforestry and fruit tree areas in October; and urban parks, green campuses, camps and subdivisions in November.

The TFL regional launch for protected areas and watershed was held last August 17 at the Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Barangay Lidong, Sto. Domingo, Albay, where 2,228 volunteers coming from 51 different groups planted 6,500 tree seedlings.

DENR Bicol regional executive director Reynulfo A. Juan said 251,320 tree seedlings are expected to be planted in 151 hectares of mangrove belts in the Bicol region this September.

Juan further said the provincial launching of Trees for Life will also be held simultaneously on September 17 in San Rafael, Ragay, Camarines Sur; Bonsanglay, Batuan, Masbate; MSA Area, Agoho, San Andres, Catanduanes; Bagacay, Legazpi City; and Mangrove Plantation Project in Capalonga, Camarines Norte.

The Trees for Life which aims to plant 20 million tree seedlings nationwide from July to November 2007 in collaboration with all sectors, is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Green Philippines Program (GPP).

In Bicol, a total of 2,647,757 seedlings are targeted to be planted during the same period in some 1,487 hectares of public and private lands.

At least 225 adoptors have raised and produced one million seedlings of the more than 2.6 million seedlings target for planting. (DENR/PIA) [top]

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