DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to plant one million seedlings of forest and fruit trees on 1,184 hectares of forestland in Pangasinan to replace the trees that burned due to high temperature this year.
Celso Salazar, community environment and natural resources officer in Dagupan City, said the seedlings, set to be planted in forest areas of Labrador, Aguilar, Mangatarem and Bugallon towns, will cover the forest areas in the province affected by fire from the month of January to the first two weeks of May.
Salazar said DENR will plant seedlings of forest trees, fruit-bearing trees and fast growing trees such as narra, mahogany, molave, bakawan, mango, acasia and ilang-ilang.
He encouraged the public to join the DENR in forestry planting from June to August and help replace the trees burned and reduce the effects of climate change.
“I-develop natin sa sarili natin yong pagmamahal natin sa kalikasan, gawin nating seryoso ang pagtatanim dahil ngayon, tayo ay nasa kalagayan ng climate change at isa lang ang solusyon dyan -- plant trees,” Salazar said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan aired on Tuesday.
Likewise, Salazar urged the public and local community to report any sightings of illegal activities and irresponsible acts to help in protecting and preserving the environment.
He cited among others the illegal cutting of forest trees as well as bakawan in riverside, irresponsible garbage disposal and kaingin farming.(VHS/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)