Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ilocanos join nationwide tree planting activity on Arbor Day

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

BANNA, Ilocos Norte—Over 1,000 saplings of narra, mabolo, duhat, bugnay and other indigenous tree species were planted on a three-hectare arboretum located in the mountainous Brgy. Valenciano here.

Every month of June, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources led by provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO) Juan delos Reyes along with other groups and individuals in Ilocos Norte go out in the field and look for barren spaces where they can plant more in celebration of Arbor Day.

This year, the town of Banna in the eastern part of Ilocos Norte was chosen as site for the Arbor Day activity with a series of information and education campaign to inspire everyone to plant more trees and care for this planet.

Edison Taroma, Brgy. Valenciano chairperson said he is thankful his barangay was chosen as location of the arboretum where various indigenous species are being planted.

According to Mr. Taroma, slash-and-burn farming is still prevalent in the area causing further degradation to the environment.    

In previous years, the same group were able to plant about 12,000 seedlings of different tree species in about 4,000 hectares of barren lots here.

About 10 travelers’ garbage bins were also distributed in strategic places here particularly in Ilocos Norte’s tourism landmarks to encourage proper disposal of wastes.  

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