SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 30 (PIA) — The La Union Provincial Police Office (LUPPO) reported that about 18 thousand assorted seedling trees were already planted by its police personnel in the province particularly from Sudipen to Rosario beginning February up to present.
This is in support to Executive Order No. 26 ordering and declaring the implementation of the National Greening Program as a government priority issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III, which seeks to preserve and protect the environment.
Also, this is in response to the directive of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, wherein each police personnel should plant six tree seedlings in one month, according to LUPPO Chief Police Inspector Marlon Paiste.
Among the types of seedlings planted include mangroves, mahogany, narra, and fruit bearing fruits.
He said that there were nurseries built by LUPPO in Bacnotan where they can get seedlings by simply coordinating with the Chief of Police of the said town.
“However, due to the parched land caused by hot weather today, the status of our planting is very minimal. We cannot directly plant that’s why we chose the area where water and police unit or station is near in order for the policemen to be able to supervise the planted seedlings,” Paiste said.
He explained that in San Juan they planted near the slaughter area because water is abundant and barangay officials are very supportive.
After the tree planting, we monitor it after the day we plant. If the seedling does not grow well after 2 to 3 days, we plant again, Paiste added.
“For the case of promotable police personnel, they should get certification from barangay captains where they are assigned to, stating that they were able to plant at least 24 pieces of seedlings for the month so they will be included in the processing of promotion,” he explained during an interview at ‘Danggayan’ radio program held recently.
Paiste said that they will again undertake tree planting activity starting Tuesday, June 5 wherein 50 to 60 policemen of LUPPO will plant 50 seedlings all over their camp as part of its project dubbed as “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno, Pamana sa Kinabukasan. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)