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Forest parks to rise in Ormoc resettlement site

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Oct. 29 – Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Visayas State University (VSU) for the implementation of a rainforestation program on a resettlement site here.

Tzu Chi chief executive officer Alfred T. Li and VSU president Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo signed the MOA for a project that will be implemented at Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Lilo-an village, more than 10 kilometers west from the city center where 2,000 survivor families of super typhoon Yolanda will be accommodated.

The 50-hectare land was allowed to be utilized as a relocation area by its owners, the family of Mayor Edward C. Codilla, through a 50-year usufruct agreement, renewable for another 25 years.

Based on the MOA, project implementer VSU’s Institute of Tropical Ecology and Environmental Management (ITEEM) will establish ecological forest parks consisting of 2,000 trees on various portions of the site covering 3.5 hectares.

Seedlings to be planted will be of fruit-bearing trees, indigenous trees and trees that will be a source of fuel wood production.

Prior to the MOA signing, ITEEM already planted 200 coconut seedlings of different varieties (coco Niño, golden coconut and macapuno) that are ideal for the production of coco sugar. The seedlings to be planted have a commercial value totaling P200,000, but will be sold to Tzu Chi at a discounted price. (PNA)

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