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1,500 trees planted in Bagac
Written by Joelyn G. Baluyut   
Sunday, 18 September 2011

A total of 1,500 trees were planted by more than 250 employees of different government agencies in the region as well as those from non-government organizations (NGOs).

Spearheaded by the Central Luzon Association of Regional Officers (CLARO), the planting of trees was conducted at mountainous portions of Sitio Kinainisan in Bagac; planted trees included narra and mahogany variety.

According to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional director Remigio Mercado, who is also CLARO president, “this tree planting activity is CLARO’s contribution to the National Greening Program of the government to address the global warming. Through this effort, we could help bring back the regular climate we used to have.”The worldwide change in climate is catastrophic in many countries; the country is trying to mitigate the effects here by planting millions of trees.

A 248-hectare of land, the planted area, is regularly maintained by CLARO as a result of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the preservation of the area, Mercado added.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) staff Raymond Frias, a participant during the tree planting, said that “a project like this will help not only the preservation of the environment but as well promotes camaraderie among different government agencies who participated in the tree planting.”

Participating agencies came from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Bureau of Fire Protect (BFP), Bureau of Jail and Management Penology (BJMP), Philippine National Police (PNP) of Balanga and Pampanga, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Association of Mountain Farmers of Sitio Kinainisan (AMSKI), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Morong, Dinalupihan, Bagac, Bataan and Regional Office 3, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Audit (COA), Commission on Population (POPCOM), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) of Region 3 and Bataan, Department of Health (DOH), DENR, and PIA.

The program coincides with the celebration of the Philippine Civil Service’s 111th anniversary this month with the theme “Championing RACE: Public Service Excellence at Full Speed,” and in pursuance to Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program. [via PIA]

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