Almost 9,000 trees of various species were planted across the Cordilleras as part of a nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Of these, 1,953 were planted in Abra; 555 in Apayao; 1,955 in Benguet; 1,860 in Ifugao; 1,850 in Kalinga; and 732 in Mountain Province.
Seedlings planted were a variety of Benguet pine, bamboo, narra, mahogany, anchoan, dilaw, auri, ipil ipil, coconut, coffee, calliandra, bignay, guyabano, kamagong, dao, gmelina, Philippine ash, and alnus among others.
“It’s only been a day and we have already planted this much. We have just kicked off the Environment Month. More tree planting activities are slated this month so I am sure we are going to plant more,” DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo said.
“We are looking forward to plant more with our partner stakeholders both in the public and private sector, especially so that we are really slowly going back to normal. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, we can again call for massive tree planting activities while still observing health protocols and guidelines,” he added.
Apart from the national simultaneous tree planting, a regionwide tree planting and watershed cleanup will also be conducted in celebration of the Arbor Day on June 25.