DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 28 — Policemen all over Region 7 or the Central Visayas provinces of Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor, are to plant 576,000 trees as part of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chiefs Sampung Milyung Puno Pamana sa Kinabukasan program, in connection with the governments national greening program.
PNP Region 7 Director Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo admitted that this is a very challenging task for the police with 145,000 members nationwide and 8,000 personnel region-wide.
Under the program, each of the more than 1,205 police and non-uniformed personnel of the Negros Oriental PNP Office is required to plant 72 trees for one year or six trees per month.
To date, the provincial command has accomplished 73 percent for February, which means that they have planted 5,286 assorted trees, including fruit-bearing trees from the target of 7,230 trees per month, according to provincial police director Sr. Supt Edward Carranza.
Due to a shortage of seedlings, Carranza instructed the Police Community Relations (PCR) to prepare a budget in the construction of its own nursery with a capacity of 2,000 seedlings for the provincial police office alone.
Carranza has also directed and encouraged police stations in the province to provide a space for their own seedlings nursery to be able to meet the required number of trees to be planted this year.
Of the 10 million trees programmed for the PNP, 86,760 are assigned to be planted by the police in Negros Oriental.
PO3 Edilberto Euraoba III of the PCR section said they are using a scorecard in monitoring the planted trees to make sure they are growing, and in case of mortality, the concerned police man is required to replant for the success of the program.
Last Friday, PNP regional director Garbo spearheaded a tree-planting activity at the Water Septage Facility in Barangay Camanjac Dumaguete City. At least 150,000 seedlings were planted that day. (PNA)