Five Hundred (500) Lauan tree seedlings were simultaneously planted recenly at different barangays of Malungon in Sarangani Province during the celebration Arbor Day Act in the municipality.
The activity was participated by representatives from DENR Sarangani together with other national government agencies, local government units (LGU), civil society groups, communities, and other stakeholders.
Rolando “Bong” Tuballes, provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Provincial Government, said that from 2015 to 2020, the major forest cover loss is in Malungon-Buayan River basin.
PENRO Tuballes also gave an overview of the flagship program for the environment of the incoming governor Rogelio Pacquiao and how the convergence of DENR, LGUs, barangays, stakeholders and communities can contribute in the achievement of growing one million trees in three years.
Joel Martinez, OIC municipal ENRO, said “Our partners did not wait for an invitation but instead went straight to us which is a manifestation of an active partnership. We are intensifying the collaboration and implementation of this ordinance within barangay levels.”
For two years, the LGU of Malungon has strengthened the implementation of the Arbor Day Ordinance of the municipality pursuant to R.A. 10176 or the “Arbor Day Act of 2012” which declares every third Friday of June as the Arbor Day.
The said ordinance mandates all qualified able-bodied Malungonians aged 12 years and above to plant and grow at least one tree per year.