According to Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) – Capiz Chapter President Ely Abarra, the activity, dubbed as KBP-DILG Broadcastreeing Project 2012, is a partnership of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, local governments, and other national government agencies.
The project, which will be done by KBP chapters nationwide, aims to advocate and encourage wider involvement and participation in tree planting activities.
The ultimate objective is to help mitigate the adverse effects of global warming and climate change on humanity and the environment.
Abarra said this will be their second year in holding the mangrove planting at Cadimahan River here.
Last year, they were able to plant nearly 3,000 mangrove propagules.
Abarra said they are happy for the positive support of different broadcast stations in Capiz as well as of the local governments and volunteer groups.
“This year we will be planting 2,000 mangrove propagules,” Abarra said.
The activity will serve as river and fish sanctuary protection and the group’s contribution to the National Greening Program of the government.
Early this year, former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo issued Memorandum Circular No. 2012-132 directing provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, punong barangays, DILG regional directors and field officers and other concerned agencies to perform assigned tasks to ensure the conduct of the KBP-DILG Broadcasting Project this year.
The project is also under the memorandum of agreement between the KBP and the DILG dated April 27, 2011.
In 2010, President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 26 ordering and declaring the implementation of the National Greening Program as a government priority.
The program, which aspires to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares land from 2011 to 2016, aims to attain sustainable human development and economic and ecological security.
(Jemin B. Guillermo, PIA-Capiz/PN)