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Army leads "war" on environmental protection

GAMU, Isabela (June 20) -- The Philippine Army's 5th Infantry Division (5ID) under the leadership of Major General Rodrigo F. Maclang is leading other sectors in regions 1, 2 and CAR for the nationwide tree planting activity dubbed as the "Greening Program" with the theme "Puno para sa Kinabukasan" (Tree for the Future).

Lt. Col. Fernando Pasion, 5ID Civil Military Operations chief said that the 5ID, including national government agencies, local government units and non-government organizations in regions 1, 2 and CAR will participate in the greening program which will be held simultaneously nationwide at 9:00am on June 29.

Pasion added that the Philippine Army and the participating civilian offices in the regions will attempt to establish a Guinness Book World Record on number of trees to be planted simultaneously within one hour. The Philippine Army, DENR, DepEd, DPWH, DAR, DILG, DA, PIA, ABS-CBN Foundation, Bantay Kalikasan and the Couples for Christ had forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to join hands in launching a simultaneous nationwide tree planting in support to the national greening program on June 29, 2007 and thereafter.

To effectively implement the MOU, the Philippine Army and other support agencies are making available non-fruit bearing and non-fruit bearing seedling to be planted on watershed, mangroves, uplands, lowlands (rural and urban) areas and government centers on the 29th of June. Pasion said there are about 176, 546 seedlings to be generated from various nurseries and from the 5IDís 501st, 502nd, and 503rd brigades.

The Philippine Army, as lead agency in the greening program, is urging every environment-friendly filipinos to participate wholeheartedly in this June 29 tree planting not only for establishing a Guinness Book of World Record but also for environmental protection and sustainability for the sake of the future generation. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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