The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) hosted the Kick-Off Ceremony for the National Simultaneous Bamboo and Tree Planting Activity with the theme “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan” last September 13, 2022. 

The said activity aims to celebrate the vital role of trees in addressing climate change. It also coincides with the 65th birthday of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, and the Philippine Bamboo Month celebration. 

DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga said that the activity serves “as a symbol of the new administration’s direction, our national commitment to address climate change, mitigate its effects, and alleviate the risks of vulnerable communities and ecosystems”. 

The Old Sanitary Landfill in Brgy. Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal was the selected site for the National Kick-off. It started its operations in 1991 under the Metro Manila Development Authority and stopped in 2000. It is a 73-hectare site being rehabilitated under the supervision of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, and is situated within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. During the Kick-Off ceremony, more than 1,600 bamboo and fruit-bearing trees were planted in a portion of the landfill. 

Meanwhile, more than 4,500 bamboo and tree seedlings were planted by over 1,300 individuals coming from various groups, agencies, institutions, and organizations in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. The Rotary Club initiated its own tree planting, simultaneous with the event, in the province of Rizal with 6,000 prepared planting stocks. 

Details of the tree planting activities facilitated by the Region's PENROs and CENROs in coordination with their DILG counterparts are as follows:

PENRO Cavite - 100 seedlings (25 Guyabano, 25 Langka, 50 Bamboo Propagules) of planted by 93 participants at Brgy. Gregorio, Trece Martires City, Cavite

PENRO Laguna and CENRO Sta. Cruz– 800 seedlings (650 Saplungan, Yakal; 100 Molave, Narra, Bignai; and 50 Bamboo Propagules) planted by 123 participants at Brgy. Taytay, Majayjay, Laguna in Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape

PENRO Batangas, CENRO Lipa, and CENRO Calaca – 120 seedlings (30, Banaba, 30 Acacia mangium, 30 Acacia auri, 30 Guyabano) planted by 134 participants at Brgy. Kinalaglagan, Mataas na kahoy, Batangas

CENRO Lipa – 100 Kawayang tinik planted by 33 participants at Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan City, Batangas

PENRO Rizal and Regional Office – 1,613 seedlings   (1,500 Kawayang Tinik, 13 Agoho, 100 Mango) planted by 525 volunteers at the Old Sanitary Landfill, Brgy. Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal; 400 Bamboo planted by 55 volunteers at Mt. Oro, Brgy. Puray, Montalban, Rizal; 70 Bamboo planted by 22 volunteers at Sitio Bagong Sigla, Brgy. Puray, Montalban, Rizal; 300 bamboo planted by 137 volunteers at Sitio Karugo, Brgy. San Rafael, Montalban, Rizal

PENRO Quezon and CENRO Tayabas – 200 bamboo propagules (Kawayang tinik, Taywanak) planted by 111 participants at Brgy. Sta Lucia, Dolores, Quezon

CENRO Real – 150 bamboo propagules (Kawayang tinik) planted by 36 participants at Brgy. Maragondon, Real, Quezon

CENRO Calauag – 500 (150 Kawayang tinik, 350 Bayog) planted by 57 participants along Pipisik River, at Brgy. Butaguin, Gumaca, Quezon

CENRO Catanauan – 200 seedlings (100 Kalumpit, 100 Lipote) planted by 47 participants at Brgy. Cawayanin Ibaba, Catanauan, Quezon

Meanwhile, continuous regreening efforts in CALABARZON are being conducted. Graduated National Greening Program sites are also promoted to be adopted by interested groups or organizations through a Memorandum of Agreement under the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Program. For those who would like to conduct a tree planting activity or adopt a graduated NGP site in CALABARZON, you may coordinate with the nearest DENR Office in your area.###


Photo courtesy of PIA 4A.