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Tree planting activity eyed in Estancia

by T. Villavert

Estancia, Iloilo (21 October) -- Some 3,000 hectares in public and private lands in Estancia are to be planted with trees soon.

This was disclosed by Mayor Restituto Mosqueda during the media interview held in time with the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and improvement project of Estancia Water Distict led by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Mayor Mosqueda said that the tree planting activity is in step not only with the Philippine government's thrust but a global initiative to help mitigate the impact of climate change or global warming.

He said that this would be pushed through with the help of the various sectors in the locality, and he hopes that the undertaking will be achieved through "bayanihan" spirit.

The Estancia Mayor emphasized the concerns on environmental protection considering that the town was not spared by the wrath of then "Typhoon Frank" in June 2008.

It will be recalled that per Iloilo Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council June 25, 2008 report, some 38,164 persons were affected by typhoon Frank in Estancia town.

Earlier this month, the national government stressed the need for local government units (LGU) to come up with their own policy on climate change on top of the national government's efforts on disaster risk management.

President Arrroyo said in her speech during the One Visayas Initiative on Climate Change said "humanity started climate change. It is humanity that can stop climate change. And the sooner we fix it the cheaper it will be. So, we have to work together. The framework to drive climate change effectively is largely present in the architecture of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol of 1997". (PIA6) [top]

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