A GROUP of environmental advocates are eyeing to plant five million fruit trees in the country, including Negros Occidental, this year, their leader said.
Art Alvarez, national program director of Let’s Do It Philippines, said that Negros Occidental is currently spearheading the campaign to plant these fruit-bearing trees all over the country.
Alvarez said they already launched the campaign in Pulupandan before the scheduled simultaneous fruit tree-planting activities nationwide in September.
"Let’s Do It Philippines" launched its environment protection and conservation movement in June last year through a simultaneous nationwide clean-up activity.
The Philippines currently partners with about 150 countries in campaigning for the movement, Alvarez said.
“This is part of addressing climate change as bigger number of trees can absorb more carbon dioxide,” Alvarez said, adding that it can also provide additional livelihood opportunities to the community and contribute to promoting public health as well.
At least 15 local government units in Negros Occidental have already expressed commitment to the program.
Alvarez said their group also coordinated with schools in the provinces where seed banking will be initiated.
Students are asked to bring 10 tropical seeds to be propagated in their school nurseries, he added.
Let’s Do It Philippines is urging residents to actively participate in the program by starting to plant fruit trees in their respective community, Alvarez said.
“Let us not stop planting trees,” Alvarez said as he appealed to the public to take photos of the planting activities and post these on social media sites like Facebook using #LetsDoItPhilippines and #FiveMillion.