Mt Asog, near the City of Iriga, is one of the most popular destination for adventure trekkers.
IRIGA CITY: The Camarines Sur chapter of the KBP and the local government unit (LGU) of Iriga City joined hands to plant 1,500 trees at the shoulders of Mt Asog in Barangay Ilian as part of the simultaneous tree-planting event of the KBP national directorate all over the country on Oct 13.
Elmer Abad, president of KBP Camarines Sur, declared the event successful with more than 1,000 participants from schools, the city hall, fire and police departments, and the Army.
“Our efforts here may be a small contribution to the government’s greening program but for every tree that will survive and grow is a long-term contribution to the ecological regeneration of our surroundings,” Abad explained.
He said the big turnout of volunteers from different institutions in Iriga City is credited to Mayor Madelaine Alfelor Gazmen who orchestrated the mobilization of participants which had exceeded the expected number.
Abad said Mayor Gazmen pledged for the continuing maintenance of planted tree seedlings until they survive and grow.
Mayor Gazmen said KBP’s tree-planting event was in line with the environment program of the city which included reforestation projects at Mt Asog.
She said her administration has continuing efforts to replant with trees bald areas in Mt. Asog as part of the goal of regenerating the biodiversity of the mountain aside from initiating mitigation measures against flooding.
The joint activity of Camarines Sur KBP and Iriga City LGU continued after the tree-planting with the friendly basketball game at the convention center. – Bicol Mail