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2009/10/23

Feature: Bogo Women's Association grows tree seedlings to fight climate change

By Erna S. Gorne

Maasin City (23 October) -- Not only that these women are now earning from the sales of tree seedlings they have grown at Barangay Bogo, but an offshoot of Congressman Roger Mercado's campaign to address the pressing global environment concern particularly climate change.

In response to the drive of green-thumb Congressman Mercado, representative of the lone district of Southern Leyte, to be involved in massive tree planting, the 19-active members of Bogo Women's Association tirelessly keep the tree seedlings nursery productively grown with various kinds of fruit trees and forest trees for three years now. The group also runs a vermi culture farm.

Varied fruit trees such as jackfruits, rambutan, makupa, atis, avocado, buongon, durian, mangoes, among others are the dominant seedlings which are easily sold, it was learned.

"With the start-up financial assistance of P50,000 given to us thru the Provincial Development Assistance Fund of Congressman Mercado, we were able to start a small enterprise which is environment friendly," Raineria Paloma, President of the Bogo Women's Association disclosed.

As of press time, Paloma further said that a fruit tree seedling is sold at P15.00 while forest trees seedlings can also be sold at P5.00 each. On the other hand, the organic fertilizers generated from vermin culture are also hotly sold at P250.00 per sack.

Organic fertilizers orders came one after the other as these were in demand as rice fields fertilizers, as well as, for the window garden.

The tree production enterprise provides job opportunities to out of school youths, Bogo elementary pupils, and the barangay residents.

"Right now, at least 30 residents have enjoyed modest income ranging from the services rendered such as watering the seedlings, arranging the pots, cleaning of weeds, gathering of fine sand, hog wastes and potting. These services were paid at P10.00 per sack and for those who opt for potting package of 100 seeds will be compensated at P25.00," Paloma further said. (PIA) [top]

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