MAASIN NEWS –– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas is set to plant a billion fruit trees in the region.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ricardo Tomol who heads the DENR in Southern Leyte announced that the program aims to reforest the 40-meter no build zone limits along the region’s shorelines.
“The project is part of the country’s Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) program”, Tomol said, adding that planting trees has long been proven to mitigate the effects of erratic climatic conditions. “Trees absorb carbon dioxide in the air and give off oxygen for people and animals to breathe. They provide shade and act as buffer against winds and waves during bad weather”, the DENR executive stated.
“The program seeks to have private landowners along the coastal roads plant fruit trees. The seedlings will be provided by the DENR but the landowners will have to choose which varieties of fruit trees they want to plant”, Tomol clarified.
Tomol revealed that DENR have so far covered more than 4,000 hectares of timberlands in Southern Leyte where close to 2 million trees of various species have been planted with the help of People’s Organizations (POs) under the government’s National Greening Program.
The billion fruit trees for Region 8 is presently being implemented under the office of the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for Yolanda Areas.