ILOILO CITY, Dec. 28 — Not only do they go after criminals and lawbreakers, policemen in Western Visayas are also lovers and protectors of the environment, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) regional chief, CSupt. Agrimero Cruz Jr.
Cruz said that the participation of policemen in the national regreening program of the Aquino administration by planting trees for 10 months in 2012 has achieved a compliance rate of 74.27 percent.
A total of 409,326 seedlings of mahogany, mangroves and other varieties of fruit-bearing trees were planted by 7,655 PNP personnel out of 551,160 target numbers of trees to be planted during the period.
The province of Capiz planted 68,541 trees out of its 50,256 target, thereby posting 136.38 percent compliance. Bacolod City has 45,748 planted trees out of target 37,080 and posting 123.38 percent compliance.
The province of Aklan with 44,805 planted trees out of 43,992 target and posting 101.85 percent compliance; the province of Antique with 33,279 planted trees out of 37,584 target and posting 88.55 percent compliance.
The province of Iloilo planted 67,350 trees out of the target of 100,512 and posted 67.01 percent compliance; followed by the province of Guimaras with 9,978 planted trees out of 15,048 target, thereby posting 66.31 percent compliance.
The PNP regional headquarters planted 15,278 trees out of 26,568 target, thereby posting 57.51 percent compliance and the regional police safety battalion with 55,555 planted trees out of 95,184 target and posting 58.37 percent compliance.
The province of Negros Occidental planted 54,655 trees out of 101,160 and posting 54 percent compliance while the Iloilo City police office planted 14,137 trees out of 43,776 target with 32.29 percent compliance.
Cruz assured the tree planting program will go on in 2013 or until the target number of trees to be planted is realized by all police units in the region. (PNA)