By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and its partners in the 10M in 10 for a Greener Negros movement (10M in 10) celebrated Arbor Day through simultaneous tree planting activities across Negros Island.
According to EDC’s Corporate Communication officer Frances Ariola, the Riverside College in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City Water District, EDC, and the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, Inc. started planting 500 endemic tree species in Brgy. Canlandog, Municipality of Murcia.
Ariola said the 10M in 10 partners joined forces to plant native trees for healthy riverbanks as they launched their riverbank planting model along Bantayan Park at the Bago River in Bago City, Negros Occidental.
EDC and its partners, Bago City ENRO, and the local government of Bago City, and Bago City Department of Education planted 200 native trees on Monday.
“Riverside plantations are beneficial to man and the environment because it captures carbon dioxide; improves water quality; absorbs and filters pollution from our soil and air; slows down rainwater runoff; and provides important habitat for all kinds of animals,” said Mendoza.
Arbor Day is celebrated every June 25 under RA 10176 that requires local government units to plant trees every year.
The law obliges all Filipinos aged 12 and above to plant at least one tree every year.
EDC’s Community Partnerships, External Relations and Watershed Management (CREW) Head for Negros Island Norreen Bautista, invited other individuals and organizations to join the ‘10M in 10’ to not only plant a tree each year but to bring back Negros Island’s lost forest cover.
To date, EDC already has 65 committed partners all over Negros Island Region with more than 400,000 trees planted since October 2015.
“We should stand together for our forests by uniting and collaborating through these two 10M in 10 forest restoration projects as well as the other models that the movement will implement in the coming months. We encourage those who are truly committed to protecting and restoring the forests of Negros Island to partner with us in this green revolution,” said Baustista.
She added that restoring these lush forests will recharge the geothermal reservoir and sustain the steamfields that have been providing clean, renewable power to Negros for over 30 years. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 29, 2016)