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21k seedlings planted in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 29 — 21,000 seedlings have been planted in and around Baguio City in compliance with the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The NGP is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government established by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 26 signed on February 24 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

EO26 seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a period of six years, from 2011 to 2016.

Based on the report of Forestry Division head Beatriz Gajete of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), 17,758 seedlings from the Baguio Botanical Garden nursery and 3,462 from the Busol Watershed nursery have been planted in Forbes Park I and II, Wright Park and around the Santo Tomas Catchment Basin.

More than 10,000 seedlings are ready for planting.

The tree planting in other areas around the city is provided for in City Ordinance 5 prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit.

The tree-planting activities involved 1,379 Baguio City Hall employees; 82 associations and offices; and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) month celebration last September.

Tree seedlings planted include the Benguet Pine, Alnus, Caliandra, Mahogany, African Tulip, Percimon, Calamansi, Arabica Coffee.

Gajete said CEPMO encouraged Baguio City residents to plant fruit bearing tree seedlings which were ready for distribution and planting. (PNA)

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