MORE than 130,000 bamboo culms and native tree seedlings of different species were planted in a simultaneous bamboo and tree planting activity nationwide during the 65th birth anniversary of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (PBBM) last Sept. 13, 2022.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga said that the nationwide activity symbolized the new administration’s direction and national commitment to address climate change, mitigate its effects, and alleviate the risk to vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
During the activity with the theme “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan,” President Marcos Jr. led the kickoff ceremonies in an old sanitary landfill (SLF) being rehabilitated by the DENR at Barangay Pintong Bocaue in San Mateo, Rizal, which is within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. The old SLF was closed in November 1989.
Planted at the site were some 1,613 seedlings, including various species of bamboo and fruit-bearing trees.
Tree planting activities were also simultaneously held in 111 sites in the country, covering an aggregate area of 681.5 hectares planted mostly with bamboo culms and indigenous timber tree seedlings such as agoho, kalumpit, yakal, molave, narra, bignai, and banaba.
The event was also in line with the celebration of “Philippine Bamboo Month” pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1401, series of 2022, and in support of the President’s directive to boost the country’s resilience to natural disasters by expanding forest cover and accelerating efforts towards forest protection.
The DENR, together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) organized the event.