DENR-CALABARZON planted trees on Independence Day

Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 04:40
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DENR CALABARZON planted trees on Independence Day


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About 1,423 volunteers planted some 26,500 seedlings of indigenous tree species in 53-hectare area of streambanks in Nagcarlan and Victoria in Laguna in celebration of Arbor Day on Independence Day, June 12, 2013.

“Our celebration of “Araw ng Kalayaan” or Independence Day was more meaningful and memorable as we also observed a special day of caring for the environment. We also planted a total of 26,500 seedlings in celebrating Arbor Day on Independence Day,” shared Dr. Isidro Mercado, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer or PENRO of Laguna after the flag ceremony held at the Barangay Multipurpose Hall in Brgy. Manaol in Nagcarlan.

The DENR office of Laguna led by Mercado hosted the historic tree planting activity which gathered in Laguna the DENR officials and employees from the Regional Office, and the four other DENR Provincial offices in Batangas, Cavite, Quezon and Rizal.

DENR Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan said, “We celebrated our country’s 115th Independence. We also had our Regional Arbor Day Celebration.”

“We have mobilized our staff from the PENROs and CENROs in Cavite, Batangas, Quezon and Rizal, here in Laguna and joined their counterparts in PENR-Laguna, in planting the seedlings in Nagcarlan. This is in consonance with the directive of our Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio to observe our own Arbor Day celebration,” said the DENR Calabarzon chief.

The DENR Calabarzon chief led some 570 officials and staff from the Regional Office in Calamba City and the other field offices in Cavite, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon and Rizal in the tree planting activity.

“So it was not just independence day. It was not also just arbor day. We planted trees, after which, we regrouped at the Dona Jovita Garden Resort in Calamba City, for a ‘group effectiveness workshop.’ We had our DENR Region 4A bonding time,” he said

Mercado, who had just taken his oath of office as fullfledged PENRO less than a month ago, revealed that volunteers from the private companies and academe such as Fujitsu Die Tech Corp., Nestle-Philippines, TechLog Center, Philippines., Samsung Electronics Mfg.-Philippines (SEMPHIL), D’Triumph Cleaners, Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) College of Nursing and Engineering, Laguna University, San Francisco High School-Nagcarlan, Nanhaya High School and DepEd-Nagcarlan participated in the tree planting.

DENR-Laguna organized this historic activity with the residents and the local government units. Mercado said the volunteers with the officials and residents of the twelve barangays of Nagcarlan, Liliw and Victoria, Laguna also helped plant the trees.

The barangay officials, the people’s organizations and the residents will take charge of the care and maintenance of the trees afterwards.

Elements of the Philippine Army 17th Ready Reserve Division also planted trees while providing security support.

“The volunteers gave a different meaning to the Araw ng Kalayaan’s theme of ‘Ambagan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran’. The volunteer planters’ planting of at least 10 seedlings each was already a big achievement in rehabilitating and regreening the streambanks. The trees they planted will help lessen the impact of flooding of the low-lying areas and erosion of the streambanks,” said Mercado.

Mercado said seedlings of pili, (pili, Canarium ovatum), guayabano (soursop, Anona muricata) langka (jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus), narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and molave (Vitex parviflora) were planted along the banks of streams flowing to the Laguna Lake from barangays Manaol, Lawaguin, Maravilla, Dagatan, Buenavista, Sibulan, Kanlurang Kabubuhayan, Buhanginan, Banca-banca in the municipality of Nagcarlan; Brgy. Daniw in the municipality Liliw, and Banca-banca and Masapang in the municipality of Victoria.

“The activity also signaled the start of the planting in the province of Laguna as part of the National Greening program,” continued Mercado.

“Under the NGP, DENR Laguna has targeted to rehabilitate 1,300 hectares of public land in Laguna with a little more than 1 million seedlings by November 2013,” Mercado added.

Other DENR provincial offices have their own targets with 900 hectares in Cavite, 1,000 in Batangas, 8,300 in Rizal and 10,800 hectares in Quezon. The regional office is set to plant trees in 26 hectares. A total of 22, 326 hectares of public forest has been targeted for rehabilitation by DENR Region 4A CALABARZON by November 2013.

Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan said the 2013 target will form part of the total regional target of 102,560 to be accomplished by 2016.

The tree planting activity is consonant with Republic Act 10176 or “An act reviving the observance of Arbor Day by authorizing the Local Government Units the responsibilities for celebrating the day for tree planting as an annual event.”