AT LEAST 22,000 bakawan tree seedlings were planted on Sunday at Barangay Sta. Milagrosa, Mambulao, CamNorte.
Councilor Artem Andaya told MWBuzz about 300 volunteer-planters converged at the barangay for the gig.
He said Mayor Ricarte “Dong” Padilla has expressed thanks to the volunteers who were sent by their respective organizations.
The tree-planting activity was spearheaded by barangay chairman Edgar Arjite, with support from the Pantawid Pamilya recipients of Sta Milagrosa; World Vision partner families of Sta Milagrosa; Ina ng Buhay Cooperative of Sta Milagrosa; Kabayan Action Group; JPNHS Batch 88 led by Fritz Dayondon; 49th Infantry (Good Samaritans) Batallion, 9th Infantry Division, Phil. Army led by Lt Col Michael M Buhat; Philippine Army reservists and ROTC students; and
Bantay-Dagat of Mambulao.
So far, the tree-planting program has surpassed the 100,000-tree mark.
Padilla aims to plant about one million trees in three years, covering 2,000 hectares of denuded mangrove forests and upland forests.
Andaya has appealed for sponsorship in the propagation of tree seedlings.
“It only costs one peso to raise a tree-planting material,” he said.
He also said they are rushing up the germination bakawan seedlings as the fruiting season of the species will end this month.
Andaya, the local government’s tree-planting czar, said they will plant trees at least once a week.