Dalog seeks to reforest denuded mountains in Mt Province
by Andrew Doga-ong
Bontoc, Mt. Province (25 September) -- Congressman Maximo Dalog has filed a bill in Congress for the reforestation of some 50,000 hectares of deforested, denuded and open bushlands and grasslands in six towns of the province.
Proposed House Bill No. 2760 seek to reforest and rehabilitate denuded mountains, forests and open grasslands and bushlands in the municipalities of Paracelis, Natonin, Sagada, Tadian, Besao and Bauko.
In his explanatory note, Dalog stressed the need for a vigorous and intensified reforestation and watershed rehabilitation programs in Mountain Province to sustain it as one of the watershed cradle of Northern Luzon.
Dalog explained that Mountain Province practically hosts the headwaters of some major rivers namely Chico, Agno, Abra and Ibulao and Siffu rivers. These rivers, he said supplies the irrigation systems not only of the province but also the wide track of rice fields of lowland provinces as well as powers the electric dams in Northern Luzon.
With last year's devastating typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng which caused much erosions and landslides in the CAR provinces and subsequent flooding in the lowland provinces, Dalog said there is the urgent need for a sustained reforestation of denuded mountains and the protection of the remaining forest covers to avert the possible occurrence of the same tragedy in the future.
It can be recalled that during his term as governor in 2004, Dalog set the planting of 1 million trees in the period of three years as part of his administration flagship program. The 1 million tree project requires every individual in the province to plant at least 10 fruit bearing or forest trees in a year. The target has already been overshoot. (PIA MP) [top]