One thousand (1000) seedlings of various species of trees were planted on Tuesday during the several tree growing activities and information drive conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partners in line with this year’s celebration of the World Water Day which carries the theme “Groundwater: Making the Invisible, Visible.”

CENR Officer of General Santos City Elmer S. Mercado said that 600 seedlings of Narra and Nabul were planted by their office in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Gensan during the tree growing activity at Purok Balakayo in Barangay Olympog.

In Malapatan, Sarangani Province, 200 seedlings of bamboo and agroforestry were planted along the riverbanks of Puroks Kalaguimit and Bob, Barangay Sapu Masla by the CENRO Glan in partnership with the LGU, women’s association, and various constituents.

Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez, CENR officer of Glan, said that “We need to work together for a common purpose and draw attention to the hidden water resource that has always been critically important but not given much attention locally.”

According to Forester Garex Christian Al-ag, groundwater supplies a large proportion of water that is used for drinking, sanitation, food production, and industrial processes.

“Planting a tree is like planting a life. Trees are important for its roots hold the soil in place as it fights erosion that causes landslide. They also absorb and store rainwater that helps reduce runoff and sediment deposit after a storm and helps recharge groundwater supply prevents flooding,” he said.

Meanwhile, CENRO Matalam in Cotabato Province has planted 200 seedlings of Lauan at Barangay Binoongan in Arakan town.

The field office also conducted an information drive regarding global water crisis with an aim to support the attainment of sustainable water and sanitation for all by year 2030. A total of 20 youths participated in the said activity. | With reports and photos from DENR-12 Designated Information Officers