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PIA Press Release
2010/06/21

DENR8 plants trees in Lake Danao to mark Arbor Day

Tacloban City (June 21) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to spearhead a massive tree planting activity at Lake Danao to mark Philippine Arbor Day on June 25, 2010, DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo Galinato Jr., informed.

This is pursuant to Proclamation No. 643 issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 2, 2003, which institutionalized every 25th of June as the Philippine Arbor Day that shall be observed throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other relevant activities.

The Proclamation enjoined the "active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity and declaring June 25, 2003 as Philippines Arbor Day."

The DENR Regional Office 8 and the attached services will conduct the tree planting activity at Lake Danao Natural Park. The participants will plant trees which are indigenous to the area like lawaan, among others.

The choice of Lake Danao as tree planting area is because it is a Natural Park situated in the northwestern part of the island of Leyte, particularly in Ormoc City, 125 km. from Tacloban City. Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake covering an area of 148 hectares. Viewed from the top, it looks like an uncut diamond thrown into a rugged topography of verdant growth, glimmering with magnificence.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the PENRO and CENRO in the province of Leyte will conduct tree planting activities at the Binahaan watershed area at Barangay Muhal-ang, Dagami, Leyte which is the source of potable water for several municipalities of Leyte including the city of Tacloban.

Other PENROs in the Region will also conduct their respective tree planting activities on June 25. (PIA 8) [top]

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