6,000 Hectares Up for Greening in Capiz
Provincial head Valentin Talabero of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources disclosed that the planting activity will start in June, in time for the start of the rainy season.
Talabero said that the tree planting activity is in line with the national government’s thrust of planting 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 until next year.
He said that the massive forestation and reforestation is based on Executive Order 211 or the National Greening Program signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III which is aimed at pursuing sustainable development for poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
He added that as of now, they are ready with their 80,000 seedlings for planting activity.
Talabero said that from 2011 to 2015, they have more than 11,658-hectare land area for the National Greening Program to include the upland reforestation, urban greening, mangrove rehabilitation and reforestation, bottom-Up Budgeting and mangrove and beach forest.
According to him, majority of the planted areas under said program are in Tapaz and Jamindan towns.
He stressed that they are also doubling their efforts for the replanting activity in areas that were planted in 2011 and 2012 but were damaged by supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.
Talabero also said that in the aftermath of the supertyphoon, their office here was able to implement, through a People’s Organizations, a cash for work mangrove reforestation project covering 350 hectares in the different municipalities in Capiz.
On the other hand, he said that they are campaigning for the planting of indigenous endemic species of trees as the same are better than other forest trees species for soil and climate adaptability.
Likewise, they are also urging the public to plant fruit trees instead of mere forest trees for food, security and economic reasons in addition to environmental reason.
Talabero also commended the Capiz media and the various sectors here for their environmental concern by doing greening activities such as upland and mangrove reforestation. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)