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DENR pushes for 3-year maintenance scheme for trees

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (19 June) -- With June being celebrated in the country as Environment Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) while pursuing massive tree planting, is now pushing for a three-year maintenance scheme to ensure that the trees planted will survive and grow.

DENR-CAR Information officer Abner Villanueva said they will be leading a massive tree planting activity on June 25, which is also being commemorated as Philippine Arbor Day.

According to Villanueva, DENR Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat, in recognition of the importance of the Busol watershed in the city's water supply, is eyeing the said watershed as a venue for the tree planting activity.

"RED Baguilat wants to re-develop the Busol Watershed so as to replace the trees that were burned by forest fires during the dry season," Villanueva said.

Villanueva also stressed that aside from tree planting, the DENR is also pushing for a three year maintenance scheme. He explained that they are now encouraging groups, whether government agencies, non-government organization or people's organization, to adopt their tree-planting area and concentrate on it for three years doing monitoring, maintenance and re-planting, to ensure that the trees planted will grow and survive.

Villanueva stressed the importance of a massive tree-planting and re-forestation especially in CAR, which is the "Watershed Cradle of Northern Luzon". Trees and forests play an important role on mitigating climate change effects, he said.

The onset of the rainy season also signals the start of the tree-planting season. Villanueva though advised that people should not yet plant if there is not much rain in the area.

Villanueva also disclosed that with the onset of the rainy season, DENR Secretary Horacio Ramos issued directive to intensify IEC campaign about geo-hazards. He informed that they are now focusing on massive information, education and communication (IEC) in media and schools on environmental situationers especially on the issue of climate change.

Schools and universities in the region can always invite the DENR to conduct climate change lecture as they have already set a team of experts for such endeavor, he said. (PIA) [top]

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