City Government eyes planting more trees

ILOILO. Executive Assistant for Environment Armand Dayrit explains the plans of the City Government to mitigate climate change on Monday, July 8, 2019, at the Plaza Libertad. (Carolyn Jane Abello)

THE Iloilo City Government is eyeing at planting more trees in the city to mitigate climate change.

Executive Assistant for Environment Armand Dayrit said Monday, July 8, that Mayor Jerry Treñas is interested at seeing a line of narra trees running along each side of the city streets.

“Ang aton sini guro nga maubra nga magtanom sang kahoy. Diyutay lang ni nga aton maubra para nga mahagan-hagan ang epekto sang climate change but we have taken steps (What we can do right now is to plant trees. This is a small step to mitigate the effects of climate change, but we have taken steps),” Treñas said during his speech Monday, July 8.

Dayrit said they will conduct a ceremonial tree planting activity. He said they will plant narra trees in certain areas in the city.

He said he got the idea from the Festive Walk at Megaworld in Mandurriao district.

Iloilo City has about 50 seedlings of narra trees. These will be cloned, said Dayrit.

“If you look at along sa Megaworld, it is a seven-year-old narra, so meaning to say, we have to wait for seven years to have it but it stays,” he said.

At present, there are 7,000 seedlings donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. These include fruit species, dipterocarps, fruit-bearing trees and monocots.

Aside from planting trees, the City Government is also looking at training the villages to have their own nursery. (Carolyn Jane Abello/SunStar Philippines)


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