DENR, Career Execs, Rotary Club and SLTC on 5th SLEX tree planting activity

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DENR, Career Execs, Rotary Club and SLTC on 5th SLEX tree planting activity 

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio poses with his Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) seedling as Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Samuel Paragas (2nd from left) and staff gather the plastic potting during the tree planting activity at the Calamba City-Sto. Tomas (KM 54.5) with officials and members of the Career Executive Service Board, South Luzon Tollway Corporation, Rotary Club of Makati Rockwell participating. Now on its fifth year since the activity started in 2010, the DENR’s Special Concerns Office, which spearheads the activity with the Rotary Club, reported to have planted 14,815 indigenous seedlings and a survival rate of 80%. The participants assisted by marshals from the DENR Central Office, Environmental Management Bureau and DENR Laguna and Los Baños will plant some 2,131 seeedlings of Narra,  Molave (Vitex parviflora) and Palawan Cherry  (Cassia nodosa) and distributed to be planted at nine sites or three kilometers of the southbound stretch of the South Luzon Expressway from San Pedro City at Kilometer 28.9 —203 seedlings; KM 31-186, KM 32.4—330; KM 33.6 162, KM 36—380, KM 37.2—100, KM 42-3—233; KM 50—50, KM 53—252 to Calamba City-Sto. Tomas at KM 54.5—285 seedlings. Forester Escasura, who represented DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, stressed the importance of the a mature tree’s capacity to absorb carbon emission of some 1,842 cars, though minimal compared to the volume of cars using the expressway, will still be a big help.  He expressed appreciation for the Rotary, CESB,  and the SLTC partners in helping achieve their officers’ and members’ accomplishment of the task to plant the requisite ten seedlings per individual per year and the efforts to have a ‘cleaner and greener expressway.’