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Ifugao has existing "trees for life" program

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao (23 July) -- Even before the announcement of President Gloria Arroyo of her "Trees for Life" project, this province has already its own version of it.

The "Trees for Life" project involves the planting of at least 20 million tree seedlings all over the country up to the end of the year as our share to protect the earth.

In this province, Forester 3 Arlyne Camat of the Provincial Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Office (PAENRO) here said that they have already been undertaking the project the past years considering that Ifugao is a watershed area.

According to her, they already embarked on forest tree seedlings production, propagation and dispersal including that of production of fruit trees.

She related that for the past three years they were able to disperse more than 300,000 forest tree seedlings and more than 100,000 fruit tree seedlings to interested people in the province who planted them in their orchards, private forests and private lands.

The species of the forest trees distributed include g-melina, mahogany, acacia, narra, ipil and other indigenous trees that thrive well in the area while for the fruit trees they include coffee, citrus, banana-tissue cultured suckers and other fruit varieties suitable in the place.

To ensure adequate supply of these plants, the provincial government through the PAENRO is maintaining four plant nurseries for its production and propagation located in Binablayan of Tinoc town, in Ibulao of Kiangan municipality and at Bahawit of Lagawe.

The fourth nursery located at Bannit, Lamut serves as a forest library for the collection of all trees in the province which discovered that the popular tree promoted by President Arroyo called" kalantas" is an indigenous plant of this province termed in the local dialect as "bangtinon".

Camat said that they are now venturing in the increase production and propagation of this tree variety for future dispersal considering its benefits to help bolster the preservation and enhancement of the watershed areas in the community.

She, however, noted that the famous g-melina tree is still the specie that is in high demand by the people because of its early maturity and quality as source of lumber.

But she also informed that they are now conducting massive information drive to induce the people to also try the other tree varieties such as acacia, ipil and the kalantas that grow well in the area.

This is to replenish the fallen trees used by the people in the woodcarving industry and in their household needs.

With or without the "trees for life project", we will continue with this endeavor to help protect, conserve and preserve the earth, Camat added. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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