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DENR Capiz, Army lead reforestation efforts

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ROXAS CITY—More reforestation activities are being undertaken in Capiz to increase the forest cover here.


Information Officer Ma. Judy Bernas of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Capiz said that a two-day tree planting activity was recently conducted by their employees and the members of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.


Bernas said that some 2,000 seedlings of various species of forest trees were planted at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz last November 8 and 9.


DENR Capiz head Valentin Talabero said that he recent activity with the Philippine Army is part of the rehabilitation effort of the various government and non-government agencies and groups of the forest devastated by Yolanda.


Aside from upland reforestation, Talabero said that they have also partnered with various civil society organizations and local government units in the mangrove rehabilitation project which is being implemented in the province in the aftermath of the typhoon last year.


Talabero said that the reforestation activity in the upland and lowland areas is being intensifi ed to save Mother Earth and to mitigate the impact of the experienced global climate change resulting in many problems such as fl ooding, intense and longer drought, landslide, sea level rise and the like.


He also urged the various sectors here to join hands especially in the implementation of the National Greening Program which has aimed to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide in 2016.


The worldwide deforestation has been identifi ed as one of the causes of climate change and global warming, hence more efforts must be done in to further increase the forest cover, he said.


The NGP, Talabero said, is seen as a climate change mitigation strategy since it seeks to enhance the country’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming.


“We must do our share to protect and conserve our environment and our natural resources because we have only one Earth to live in and we want to prepare this for the next generation,” he said. (J.B. Guillermo)

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