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Iloilo to replace trees uprooted by ‘Yolanda’

ILOILO CITY, June 23 -– Though it takes years for the trees to fully grow, the provincial government here is up to the challenge of reforesting the areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda.”

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said that instead of doing nothing, he will mobilize everyone to help the government replace the trees uprooted by the monster storm.

Targeting 1.5 million tree replacements, the province-wide tree planting will begin on June 28 during the celebration of Arbor Day in Barangay Madarag, San Enrique.

This tree planting activity will be part of Defensor’s campaign known as Action for Regreening and Transformation (ART) for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

ART for CCA is a yearly reforestation campaign that aims to propagate and preserve, among other, the endangered tree species like kamagong and acacia, as well as all sorts of mangrove species.

During the ceremonial tree planting in San Enrique, a total of 6,000 assorted forest and fruit trees are expected to be planted by thousands of volunteers from various sectors of the society.

“For the past years, the world has advanced in science and technology. We have invented so many things to improve healthcare, transportation, and telecommunications. But none so far has created a tree,” Defensor said.

He further stressed that “the trees are always giving us the things we need to survive – oxygen, shelter and food. How many times do we need to be reminded that without it, we will suffer?”

Moreover, the governor said that in order to make sure the province succeeds in this campaign, the more than 3,000 Barangay Service Point Officers stationed in 1,721 barangays will be tasked to closely monitor and take good care of the seedlings.

In 2011, ART for CCA was able to plant 1.3-million fruit and forest trees where 833,087 (64.53 percent) seedlings survived, a total of 1.6-million in 2012 (60.65 percent survived) and 1.7-million in 2013 (monitoring ongoing). (PNA)


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