By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje is expected to grace the blessing and inauguration of the country’s biggest mechanized forest nursery facility in Banban, Ayungon on June 15.
This was announced by DENR-Negros Oriental Information Officer Theresa Quijano in a Kapihan sa PIA forum today.
Quijano disclosed that some 600 guests composed of local government officials in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, DENR undersecretaries and representatives from different people’s organizations are also invited to attend the inauguration of the said facility.
The mechanized forest nursery in Ayungon town covers 9.4 hectares of land in Barangay Banban and is expected to produce 25 million seedlings a year.
Quijano said the facility can also provide seedlings for Regions 6 and 7 if its operations will be put on optimum.
The DENR official cited one reason why Ayungon is chosen to be the site of the mechanized nursery is because it belongs to the key biodiversity area.
Aside from immediate job generation, another benefit of having the mechanized nursery is the long-term impact on the environment.
Construction of a mechanized forest nursery in the province is part of DENR’s National Greening Program which is the massive reforestation program of the government.
The blessing and inauguration of the mechanized forest nursery is the highlight activity of the observance of Environment Month this June in Negros Oriental. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on June 8, 2016)