VIGAN CITY, Apr 16 (PIA) — A private group has started converting upland villages in the province into green communities with its massive seed-planting activities.
The Tanim Kalikasan has planted some 2.6 million mahogany and gmelina seedlings including fruit- bearing trees in the province’s upland communities.
Provincial board member Robert Tudayan, the board’s committee on the environment chair, said the group initiated the program to help protect upland communities from the devastating effects of climate change.
“The effect of climate change has become more destructive especially in coastal and upland communities,” he said.
This early, Tudayan has asked the local government and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to review their disaster action plan to better prepare for the storm season beginning June.
He also initiated the distribution of narra seedlings in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which will be planted in various upland towns facing a depleting water level sources.
To address storm surges in coastal villages, the provincial government and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) signed an agreement for the propagation and planting of coconut seedlings.
The board also passed a resolution asking the Abra River Management Council to prioritize the rehabilitation of the Abra River including the Banaoang River in Ilocos Sur and other waterways in the Ilocos Region. (MCA/BPP- PIA 1- Ilocos Sur)