7K seedlings ready for Iloilo tree planting

TREE PLANTING. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas leads Monday’s ceremonial tree planting at the Plaza Libertad. Treñas said the city government is taking steps to address climate change. (PNA photo by Joselito Villasis)
By: Perla Lena
ILOILO CITY — The city government here has prepared around 7,000 seedlings for the tree planting activity, the date has yet to be determined following the postponement of the July 6 schedule due to inclement weather.  
In an interview on Monday, Armand Dayrit, Executive Assistant for Environment in Iloilo City, said they intend to plant on both sides of the flood control project in Barangay Buhang, Jaro.
The seedlings donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were of various species that include some fruit-bearing trees.
“We cannot plant fruit trees along the highway because children will be climbing them and might cause an accident,” he added.
Meantime, there is a plan to replicate the concept of the Global City where narra trees are lined up along its thoroughfares. Currently, they already have 50 narra trees but they intend to clone more.
Dayrit added they intend to establish a small forest area that will be called a botanical area.
“We cannot really duplicate a forest,” he said.
On Monday, city officials led by Mayor Jerry Treñas, department heads and media practitioners covering the city hall beat, did a ceremonial tree planting at the Plaza Libertad.
The city government prepared “Balayong” or golden shower seedlings for the ceremonial event.  The flowering plant blooms between May and June.
Treñas said the tree planting is “only one of the mitigation (measures) against climate change”.
“We will undertake sustainable tree planting,” he said, noting the city government is talking with the DENR and the Department of Agriculture on what trees to plant.
He was also happy to note that the private sector is willing to help in the initiative. (PNA)

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