In line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, 2020 with the theme “Protect Nature, Sustain Our Future”, CENRO REAL personnel composed of 25 males and 34 males conducted tree planting activity in preparation for the establishment of an arboretum.
The said activity was conducted at Barangay Maragondon Real, Quezon on June 18, 2020. It was spearheaded by CENR Officer Lupo T. Telan and Forester III Ronaldo V. Rozaldo, Chief of the Enforcement and Monitoring Section.
A total of one thousand (1,500) seedlings of Narra, Dangula and Kamagong were planted in the proposed arboretum site. The area, with a total of 275 hectares is a CY 2013 National Greening Program (NGP) site with 190 hectares of indigenous species & 85 hectares of bamboo species.
In its opening remarks during the program, CENR Officer Telan emphasized that this endeavor is an important environmental activity that will be remembered as one of the contributions initiated by CENRO REAL in protecting and conserving our biodiversity. The activity operates without funding and hopes to gain support in the future.
An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are planted and cultivated. It is important because it will provide scientific and socio-economic benefits to all. Arboretum will be a venue to educate the public in conservation efforts to save endangered trees and wildlife. In the future, it will be a place for the public to visit, to educate and to enjoy.
In this time of pandemic, with researches pointing to humans as the culprit in the occurrence of viruses such as COVID-19, we should go back to nature. We must take the first step in protecting it by planting more trees. Establishment of an arboretum is one of the milestone solutions in protecting and sustaining our nature. ###