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Community-based organizations join Green Philippines project

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (21 February) -- Nine community based organizations in the province signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to join the Green Philippines Project.

The organizations have varying purpose of coming together but are one in a vision to ensure sustainable environment for future generation through the Green Philippines Project, said Mirza Samiliano, Planning Officer of DENR.

Through the collective efforts of the local government units, communities and organizations, Antique has planted 392,667 seedlings or 158% accomplishment against the target of 248,621seedlings grown and planted in 165.93 hectares of land, said the source.

Aracay Barangay Council and Municipality of Pandan agreed to establish 10 hectares Narra plantation, MALAUBI Upland Planters Association and local government unit of Barbaza development of 21 hectares Agro-forestry areas while the Endemic Species Conservation Project of the Frankfurt Zoological, Germany agreed to produce 40,000 fruit tree seedlings for Agroforestry development and 40,000 seedlings of endemic species to be planted within the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park and portion of the Panay Mountain Ranges.

Society of Filipino Foresters in Antique also joined the crusade to plant 6 hectares mahogany plantation at Tibiao Sub-Reforestation Project while the Antique National School Red Cross Youth- planted 150 jackfruit seedlings at the Antique Rehabilitation Center. The 79th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army agreed for the production of 20,000 seedlings and establishment of at least 5 hectares forest plantation at Barangay Aningalan, San Remigio.

Maritime Education students of the Polytechnic State College of Antique in coordination with Pacencia Barrage council pledged to grow at least 10,000 seedlings for the Mangrove Area Rehabilitation Initiated Natural Eco-Park in Tobias Fornier while the Semirara Mining Corporation and the Barangay Council of Semirara in Caluya joined hands in preserving the marine areas of the island through the establishment of mangrove nursery and production of at least 70,000 seedlings to be planted in the mangrove areas.

The project is also in support to the government's effort of mitigating the ill effects of climate change in the country. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo earlier called on the local government units to brace themselves up in joining the national government in addressing the destructive effects of global warming.

The administration has began the Green Philippines plan, a blue print for "mapping our environment and economic policies that will allow for sustainable development that doesn't fall on the backs of the poor or erode our environment", President Arroyo said. (PIA) [top]

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