7,000 trees to dot Iloilo C1 road, floodway

THE Circumferential Road (C1) and flood control project in Barangay Buhang, Jaro District, Iloilo will be dotted with trees on both sides, as the Iloilo City Government will conduct a massive tree planting activity on July 13.

Mayor Jerry Treñas, city officials, department heads and members of the media conducted a ceremonial tree planting at Plaza Libertad following Monday's (July 8) flag ceremony.

“Balayong” or golden showers were also planted in pots and will be replanted in district plazas later on. A mature balayong blooms between May to June.

“Tree planting is one of mitigations against climate change and to cushion its impact. We will undertake sustainable tree planting program. I am happy to note that the private sector is ready to help,” Treñas said.

The mayor is in talks with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Agriculture on tree species ideal for propagation.

Executive Assistant for Environment Armand Dayrit said City Hall has already prepared some 7,000 seedlings, including fruit-bearing types donated by DENR regional office.

Dayrit said they have 50 narra trees and they clone these trees to add more stock saplings for reproduction.

He said they are scouting for space for botanical garden. (PR)


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