RCCP joins thousand narra tree program

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Monday, July 28, 2014


STA. RITA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) has joined hands with the eleven 11 Rotary Clubs of District 3790 in their "Build a Forest of a Thousand Narra Trees" project as they planted Narra saplings at the Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) Megadike portion in Barangays San Juan and San Isidro here.

RCCP president Lourdes David said that the project is part of the community programs of District 3790. The project aims to create mini-forests of Narra (pterocarpus indicus) along the slopes of the dike area. She added that the area is ideal in growing new trees that can provide natural forest filters that clean polluted air.

"The area is ideal in the sense that the trees can grow in a wide space free from human activity and construction developments," David added. She said that the program is also their group's contribution in the fight against climate change and global warming.

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RCCP, she said, is also helping in the development of the area as an eco-park through the planting of the said trees.

Recently, Mayor Yolanda Pineda has started development works along the FVR Megadike in the hope of turning it into the "Santa Rita Eco-Park".

Currently, the area has been the focus of greening programs and promotional activities by the Municipal Government.

The Santa Rita Eco-Park has hosted the staging of at least four plays staged by local artist group ArtiSta. Rita and Teatro Imaa at Arti. Last March, Kaparian Kapampangan, Arti Sta. Rita and Teatru Ima re-staged the acclaimed Lenten zarzuela "Tilauk ning Manuk" at the would be Santa Rita Eco-Park.

Pineda aims to make the eco-park as a showcase project for an environment friendly program that can benefit the environment and local tourism.

David said that the Narra trees, in a couple of years, could contribute to the whole development packaging of the area as an eco-park.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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