Feature: Davao Oriental saves the world with 1M trees
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (24 June) -- The 622-kilometer stretch that started from Banaybanay down to Boston was filled with tree planters from all walks-of-life in a consolidated effort to save the world by planting 1 million trees in Davao Oriental.
The province has set another milestone gathering all government employees, students, and even those from the private sector to join in the Tree Planting Day.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon led the ceremonial tree planting yesterday June 22 at the newly-inaugurated Welcome Park in Barangay Pintatagan, Banaybanay. All other municipalities in the province conducted a simultaneous planting of forest and fruit trees along the national highway.
Malanyaon considers taking care of the environment as her utmost priority and she envisions her province to be environment-friendly.
"This will send a very strong message to everyone that under the present leadership in the province, protecting the environment from senseless destruction is our topmost concern," said Malanyaon.
Invited as the guest speaker in the activity was Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Heherson Alvarez. He lauded the provincial government for responding to the national government's call for a more active contribution of local government in combating climate change.
Alvarez said that efforts in the national realm could hardly be translated to positive effects if local governments remain passive.
Meanwhile, Malanyaon also encouraged not just government employees to make tree planting a regular habit but also to enjoin their families in this kind of endeavor.
"This will effectively instill especially among the highly impressionable minds of young kinds a love for trees and a love for nature," she added.
The One-Million Trees Launch is supported by the Department of Environment and natural Resources as it provided free seedlings to the planters while each of the eleven municipal governments shouldered the food and vehicle for the participants.
The province, as early as now, already committed to plant another two million trees next year to reach its target of five million trees by 2011. (PIA XI) [top]