DUMAGUETE CITY, June 27 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Negros Oriental has initially planted 2,280 forest and fruit-bearing trees in the timberland areas of Barangay Tayak, Siaton during the launching of the National Greening Program which falls on June 25, the same day that Arbor Day was celebrated.
Community and Environment and Natural Resources Officer 2 Mario Aragon said planted were mahogany, narra and the indigenous trees, locally known as sibukaw.
Aragon said the government spend millions of pesos to ensure that the trees would grow as they were entrusted to people's organizations (POs) in the area.
Every planted seedling costs the government P12 for fast-growing and indigenous species and P50 for every fruit tree planted.
CENRO 2 has targeted to plant 457,000 forest trees this year, costing about P5.4 million, and 27,000 fruit tree seedlings amounting to P1.3 million.
Aragon said that to ensure that funds were not wasted and people's organizations assigned in the area paid only when the trees are fully grown upon inspection.
He said the DENR is now accepting bookings for tree planting activities by public or even private organizations in designated sites all over the province.
The POs concerned will be paid P7.50 per seedling for the site preparation, brushing, staking, hole digging and for making sure the trees grow. (PNA) DCT/RMA/jfp/JG