800 hectares in LU to be planted with trees

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 19 (PIA) — As part of government’s National Greening Program (NGP), more than 800 hectares in La Union province will be planted with around 500 types of seedlings per hectare this year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Community and Environment Natural Resources (CENRO) Forester III Zenaida Menyano said in an interview.

The seedlings to be planted include mangroves, molave, agoho, talisay, narra, kakawate, duhat, and other fruit bearing trees.

For this activity, the DENR will partner with the Social Mobile Organization composed of the religious group, academe, government agency both national and local, private and public organization, among others, said DENR-PENRO Planning Officer Josefina Flores during the “Danggayan” radio program.

Flores said the planting sites in Agoo include Parian Oeste of Bauang town; barangays Sta. Maria, San Miguel, Capas, San Agustin, San Antonio, San Francisco, Ambitacay, Sta. Ana, Sta. Rita Central and Sta. Rita West of Agoo town.

She mentioned other areas, namely, barangays Rizal and Leones West in Tubao; barangays Wallayan and Tagudtud in Bagulin; the towns of Aringay, Sto. Tomas and Nagulian.

As of now, the department is still communicating with the other organizations or agencies since most of the participants did not yet confirm their availability on the date set for them, Flores explained.

The PENRO has assigned personnel in these areas to monitor the trees planted and see to it that the trees are protected and not damaged.

This year’s tree planting activity is in response to the NGP to preserve and protect the environment and plant 1.5 billion trees in around 1.5 million hectares of public lands from 2011 to 2016. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DENR-CENRO)

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