LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The municipality of Laoac is set to establish a “Tree Library” on more than two hectares of land owned by the Provincial Government in Barangay Batigue.
The Provincial Board authorized Governor Amadao Espino III during its regular session on December 11 to sign a deed of donation over its 23,000 square meters properties in Barangay Batigue to bring the “Tree Library” project closer to reality.
The area will replace part of a 2.2-hectare property of Laoac in Barangay Batigue reserved for the establishment of the Tree Library project but had given way for the construction of a portion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).
A “Tree Library” is where different species of trees will be planted to form canopy-like covers to a portion of the town and where the people can take shelter on hot summer day to refresh themselves and breathe fresher air.
But 10 years after lending a placid environment to the surrounding communities, some of the initial trees planted in the Municipal Government property were cut down to give way for the construction of TPLEx that cut across the property.
Since a “Tree Library” project requires four to five hectares, Mayor Silveria Alarcio asked Espino for help in the acquisition and purchase of lots adjacent to the property of the municipality.
The Provincial Board resolution stipulated that the Provincial Government will only lend the land to the municipality of Laoac to be used for the reforestation program and the establishment of the town's “Tree Library.”
The Provincial Board endorsed the project, saying this is consistent with the objectives of the Province, which is to ensure that its properties are fully and effectively utilized in accordance with long- term development plans and general welfare. (PNA)