THE number of centuries- and decades-old trees in Dumaguete City, especially at the landmark Rizal Boulevard and the ageless Quezon Park is dwindling, based on the assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The DENR assessment, which started September 2016, showed the need to rehabilitate these trees, mostly pine and acacia.
City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio, said a project that would target to preserve and protect the remaining trees in these areas had been hatched.
From Wednesday to Friday, city hall employees involved in the pruning and care of these trees attended a “Training on Modern Techniques of Tree Health Management in An Urban Environment”.
City Public Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo said representatives from the Environment and Natural Resources Office, the City Agriculture Office and Liga Ng Mga Barangay, Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative, Foundation University and Silliman University were also invited to the training-workshop.
The DENR conducted the training, Demecillo said.
Joselito T. Sumabat of the DENR Region VII Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center, said training participants are taught techniques in natural target pruning, improved tree surgery, tree injection and basal application of tree fertilizer, as well as promote awareness and understanding on the importance of urban tree health management.
During the training-workshop, recommendations were made for the planting of trees to replace the ones that were previously uprooted by typhoons and those cut down for public safety, said Demecillo.
Also, the City Tourism Office will install proper steel poles for the spotlights and electrical planks attached to the trees that will be removed soon, he added.
Demecillo said City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo wants further development and beautification of the Rizal Boulevard and Quezon Park in the coming months with the help of the barangays and the community. (PNA)