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December trees for birds and tourism in Corregidor Island
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Technical Director for Ecosystems Research and Development Service Lt. Col. (Res) Manuel Escasura (3rd from right) demonstrates to Lt. Col. (Res) Artemio G. Matibag, Executive Director of Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) and some 129 volunteer tree planters from the DENR, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), (CFI) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the proper way of removing the plastic potting of a Guayabano (Annona muricata) seedling before the actual planting in Corregidor Island on Wednesday, December 18.
The group planted a total of 1,000 Guayabano and 1,000 Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) seedlings in strategic areas for forest restoration.
Escasura revealed that DENR Region 4A Regional Executive Director Reynulfo Juan led a smaller group from the DENR, CFI, Department of Agriculture Region 4A, City Government of Cavite and some relatives of World War II heroes planted an initial 50 forest and fruit trees during the launch and first planting last April 7, 2013. He said the joint undertaking aimed to develop Corregidor Island as a sanctuary or habitat for birds by planting the area with fruit bearing trees and indigenous forest trees whose fruits and flowers are attractive to birds, to enhance its tourism potential, and as tribute to the Heroes of Corregidor.
Matibag appreciated the DENR efforts to help in the CFI’s mission of preserving this island as a tourist destination, and that while the project sustains our operations it provided a a venue to let other know that the CFI also care for the environment. He made an open invitation for the volunteer planters to come back and enjoy harvesting the fruits of their labor.