Sulu launch mangrove reforestation project PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:57

By NONOY E. LACSON

 

PARANG, Sulu —  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM-DENR) in tandem with Sulu 1st District Rep  Habib Tupay Loong backed by the military in  the province  launched on Thursday here  a P10-million  “mangrove reforestation project” as part of the National  Greening Program (NGP).

Sulu  1st District Community  Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Kadra D. Annil said top officials of the military, police, academe and local government officials  of the municipality join in the launching of the program at  the coastal village of Kanaway, Thursday, January 15.

Annil said  the military led by  Col  Allan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu and  Col Max Ballesteros, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade station in Sulu has  planted  about 4,000 propagules and 600 mangrove seedlings during the launching of the program while  the rest of the group has planted  about 1,400 propagules and mangrove seedlings.

Annil and Sulu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Pao Dambong also salute Rep Loong for his  initiative  in securing the fund from the  DENR central office, Manila   to finance  the  mangrove reforestation program in the province.

For his part, Rep Loong  also praise the military to their  active participation in the program saying “The planting of mangrove trees  along the coastline of Barangay Kanaway is not just the  concerned of the local residents of this  town  but is  also the concerned of  the police and military authorities in this province.”

Loong said the activity last Thursday in Parang town  is  mandated under  executive  order 26, known as the National Greening Program of the national government which President Benigno  Aquino, lll  issued and signed on February 24, 2011.

He also  lauded  Mr Aquino  for his policy to pursue a sustainable development  program of government for biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation through the massive planting of mangrove trees along the coastline.

Annil said the  NGP shall plant some 1.5 Billion trees covering about 1.5 Million hectares for a period of six  years from 2011 to 2016, in forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the LGUs, inactive and abandoned mine sites and other suitable lands.

It was learned that the people of Sulu also urged, Rep Loong to  secure more funds from the national government  to  purchase seedlings for them to plan in this province.

They said that planting of more trees  in the countryside is one way and  best  measure that the government  could adopt to counter climate change.

Adding that  planting of forest and fruit trees  would also help restore the ecosystem which is now slowly dying. (Nonoy E Lacson)