THE Provincial Government of Tarlac recently launched a tree planting project dubbed “Samyo at Yamang Pangkalikasan – Nagkakaisang Mamamayan Para sa isang Luntiang Kapaligiran,” at the Ecotourism Park in Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac.
Governor Susan Yap said the objective of the project is to plant at least one million ylang-ylang, narra, and other native trees annually in open areas of schools, institutions, piggeries, poultries and barangay parks.
She said the tree planting also aimed to enhance the ecological balance, mitigate emission of foul odors from poultries and piggeries, increase awareness and instill environmental responsiveness to pupils and students and to encourage the business sector to participate in environmental activities as part of their civic and social responsibility.
Yap said planting trees is the best way to capture air pollutants and carbon dioxide.
“We have to reforest our land to capture carbon dioxide and other pollutants and we decided to plant ylang-ylang because of its fragrance and sturdiness,” Yap said, adding “we should plant more trees in downtowns where air pollutants are carelessly discharged.”
Melanio Atumpag, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), said that under the project, the Provincial Government and the Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) will provide seedlings while the participating stakeholders shall provide the needed financial and labor requirements for plantation and protection.
“The Provincial Government shall allocate funds for seedling production of native forest trees and the TAU will the technical expertise on the propagation of planting materials,” Atumpag said.
Stakeholders involved in the project are Department of Education of Tarlac, local government units, owners and operators of poultry and piggery farms, Tarlac Agricultural University, religious and civic organizations and the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples. (Ric Sapnu)