All roads lead to the upland barangay of Aningalan in San Remigio town, Antique province for the massive tree-planting activity in line with the annual “Pista ng Kagubatan” on June 28.
In an interview, Antique provincial information officer Galileo Magbanua enjoined people from various sectors, barangay officials, students, and Provincial Capitol employees to participate in the one-day activity.
This year, some eighty thousand seedlings are being readied to reforest more or less 20,000 hectares in Aningalan.
“The Pista ng Kagubatan, as provided for in Provincial Ordinance 2015-109, should be held yearly (during the) last week of June,” Magbanua said.
The tree-planting activity has been going on for five years, aiming to help rehabilitate the province’s major watersheds, and promote environmental awareness, forest protection, and conservation.
“The tree-planting activity is our way of taking care of Mother Nature,” Magbanua said.
He added that environment and natural resources officer Vivian Marfil has informed him that they have prepared seedlings of various endemic species, such as star apple, duhat or java plum, and bignay or currant tree at the ENRO nursery for the activity.
Last year, 2,000 endemic seedlings, such as acacia and narra, were planted in Aningalan.
The barangay has been the venue of the “Pista ng Kagubatan” for the past years because it is a micro-watershed area. It is also where the Padlusan Adventure Park is located. (PNA)
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