VALENCIA, Negros Oriental, Sept. 17 (PIA) -- Representatives of various agencies planted around 500 seedlings of narra, tugas, and white lawaan trees inside Silliman University Center for Tropical Conservation Studies (CENTROP)'s simulated rainforest area in this town.
This is in support to the "10M in 10 for Greener Negros" Movement or 10M in 10 which aims to plant around 10 million endemic trees within 10 across Negros Island.
Multi-agencies comprising the 4th cluster group of 10M in 10 joined the tree planting activity held on Sept. 14.
10M in 10 Cluster 4 Head Sidney Lee, who also represents the Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders (NORACC), thanked all partner agencies for showing their commitment to this initiative and for also helping preserve the environment.
"We are supposed to plant and grow. Dili pwede plant lang (it's not enough that we only plant). We have to monitor this," Lee told the participants of the activity.
Silliman University (SU) offered the tree planting site inside CENTROP while the local government of Ayungon town provided the seedlings.
Part of SU's commitment in this endeavor is to monitor the growth of the seedlings.
To this, personnel from the CENTROP together with the botany students of the university will regularly check the seedlings.
However, organizers also encouraged partner agencies to take part in the monitoring of tree species.
The agencies that belonged to 10M in 10 Cluster 4 are NORACC, SU, Philippine Information Agency, UCCP Bais City, and local government units of Sibulan, San Jose, Ayungon, and Zamboanguita.
Staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Resource Office (DENR-CENRO I) based in Ayungon town also joined the event.
Now on its third year, the 10M in 10 Movement has already planted 6,270,354 seedlings in different parts of Negros Island. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)