THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Pampanga and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently partnered for a tree-growing activity at the Boy Scout Jamboree Site in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga as part of the “green initiative” campaign and in a bid to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change.
Laudemir Salac, DENR provincial head in Pampanga, said DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Mindanao and Legislative Affairs Joan Lagunda and CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel R. Gaerlan led the planting of 75 Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and Molave (Vitex parviflora) seedlings during the event.
“We carefully chose the two native tree species not just for their beauty, but for their resiliency in the urban setting and against an extreme climatic event like global warming” he said.
Gaerlan said the green initiative program is part of the government’s efforts to accelerate and sustain the dream of Clark of becoming a green and sustainable city that is striving to balance ecological, economic and social needs, to ensure a clean, healthy, and safe environment now and for the generations to come.
Lagunda lauded the CDC and National Defense College of the Philippines's (NDCP's) efforts in making the tree-growing activity a reality, adding that government partners like CDC and NDCP have been valuable in the country’s reforestation efforts.
“Their spirit of volunteerism may be the key to climate change mitigation and could pave the way for achieving our ‘ambisyon’ of a green and sustainable future.” she added.
More than 122,000 hectares of forest plantations have been established by the DENR in Central Luzon under the National Greening Program (NGP) since 2011.
In 2020, over 60 private industries, academic institutions, and non-government organizations partnered with DENR in the maintenance and protection of established NGP forest plantations.
Government officials who also actively participated in the event are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Managing Director Antonio Lambino II, Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary lawyer Omar Alexander Romero, Office of the President Assistant Secretary Erwin Enad, and NDCP Chief Defense Research Officer, Rostum Bautista.