|DENR RED Gilbert Gonzales|
“We strongly support programs where you get to plant trees on urban setting just as what the top management of the department is espousing currently through the National Greening Program (NGP) under Executive Order No. 26,” DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales said.
Dir. Gonzales led at least 200 employees of the DENR from its various services to show accord with the LGU in their Valentine’s Day Event, where thousands of participants have hiked to the tree planting site at Bonga Gulley Brgy, Pawa, Legazpi City. Each one will plant a tree or two along the levee of the gulley.
City Mayor Geraldine Rosal alluded in her remark that tens of thousands of trees were planted by the local government and will continue to do so as part of their mitigation efforts and climate change adaptation.
At least 5,000 seedlings were provided for by the DENR which will be listed as among NGP urban greening sites in 2013 according to Forester Concepcion Mendoza, chief, Forest Resources Development Division of the Forest Management Service (FMS).
The FMS will be monitoring the mortality of seedlings planted to assure at least 80-90 percent of survival of the saplings as mandated by the E.O. 26.
Among the institutions, organizations, and government offices which partook in the endeavor are Department of Education, Phil. National Police, Phil. Army, Phil. Navy, Phil. Air Force, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Land Transportation Office, Guardians, Pacific Mall, S.L. Technology, Legazpi City High School, Genecom School, and others. (Ruby Mendones, DENR-RPAO/PIA Sorsogon)