DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Aug 16 (PIA)--This year's group of partner-agencies of '10 million trees in 10 years (10M in 10) movement is set to plant 110 assorted endemic species of tree seedlings on September 14 at Silliman University's Center for Tropical Conservation Studies (Centrop) in Barangay Palinpinon, Valencia.
This is in support to the fourth year of the '10 million trees planted in 10 years' for a Greener Negros movement.
Vice President for Development Dr. Jane Belarmino of Silliman University offers the group the planting area at Centrop to support also the center its conservation of the wildlife and forest of Negros Oriental.
The Centrop manages the garden and its volunteers focus research and studies on wildlife conservation, and do awareness campaign among surrounding communities.
In a fourth partner-cluster workshop, the group headed by Sidney Lee of Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders (NORACC) has prepared a tree growing plan under three major programs on knowledge management and capacity building, planting and execution, and monitoring and evaluation.
In the plan dubbed "Kooperasyon!" the group identified its activities, agency's task and responsibilities to ensure that the seedlings planted will grow and be protected to achieve the goal of restoring forests in the province.
NORACC, Silliman University, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), UCCP Bais City, and local government units of Sibulan, San Jose, Ayungon, and Zamboanguita composes the group.
During the planting activity, LGU Ayungon will provide 100 endemic seedlings and the 10 additional seedlings of narra and molave from a game prize which a member won, SU takes care of the transportation of the group, PIA promotes the tree growing activity, others do the monitoring and evaluation aside from the actual planting.
10M in 10 is Negros Island's biggest forest restoration movement that aims to plant, grow, and protect at least 10 million trees in the next 10 years with the help and commitment of individuals, government agencies, people's organizations, and private companies.
On its third year, the 10M in 10 for a greener Negros movement has planted 6,270,354 seedlings in different parts of Negros Island. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)