Group targets 300 fruit trees in housing sites PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2015 16:51

by Allen Abastillas


The Zamboanga Peninsula Urban Poor Alliance Inc. is targetting to plant 300 different fruit trees at its different housing sites in Zamboanga City and South Cotabato.

Norman B. Barte, vice president for ZAMPEN,  disclosed that the  project is the group’s contribution to combat climate change, to preserve and protect the environment within the neighborhood because trees are filters of polluted air.

According to Barte, they choose fruit trees because it would be useful to housing members.

Aside from preservation of the environment, he said, the fruits of the trees, once fully grown, can be eaten and become  sources of vitamins, medicines and food supplements  for daily sustenance.

Among the trees to be planted are guava, guyabano, jackfruits or nangka), tambis, camias or Eva tree, star apple, star fruit or balimbing, macopa, atis, dwarf coconut, santol and several others.

Housing project members are also encouraged and directed to plant different kinds of vegetables that are essential for food supplements like, green leafy onion, tomato, lemon grass or tanglad, spinach, ampalaya, alugbati, saluyot, malunggay, okra, bambawing, oregano, green chili pepper, red hot  chili pepper, ginger and many others.

Barte said the pilot project started  last Sunday in Koronadal City in South Cotabato. Site project of ZAMPEN Urban Poor Housing are in Zamboanga City, Barangay Baluan in Gen. Santos City, municipality of Banga, South Cotabato and Surallah. — Allen Abastillas