Rotarians urge NGOs to ‘green’ megadike

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Monday, July 14, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) is now urging fellow non-government groups to take initiatives in greening the sections of the FVR Megadike as a way of battling the effects of climate change.

RCCP president Lourdes David said that the dike's slopes and perimeter are ideal locations for tree planting as these are far from human or construction activities that can lead to the displacement of the trees.

She added that the on-going cutting of trees along the widening projects of roads in this city should be offset by planting more trees along the dike.

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David added that their group is now set on planting trees along the dike. They expect to make the dike a green haven and a buffer for cleaning polluted air from the city. David said that towns with sections of the dike should start adopting these sections as green havens or even turn them as eco-parks.

Early last June, the Municipal Government of Porac has launched a program adopting the Porac portion of the FVR Megadike for greening and cleanliness program.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said that the program was made possible through the effort of the Department of Agriculture-Porac Unit headed by Ma. Melba Malit. The program adopts the Megadike Manibaug Area for continuous tree planting efforts.

The officers and staff of the DA office together with committee on agriculture Chairman Rey Lapid also painted concrete road guards, cleaned up the area and planted trees in the vicinity. They pledged to do monthly maintenance on the area.

David said that the area is a perfect place for greening programs. He added that the FVR Megadike's land slope would cater to tree planting events. He said that trees here would be able to grow without much obstruction given the proper care.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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