MAASIN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- You may look down the act of planting just one tree, only one, but its long-lasting contribution on mitigating the bad effects of climate change, particularly on tempering raging storms, is already being felt.
This was one of the points stressed by Gov. Damian Mercado in his message during the 60th anniversary celebration of the province.
Mercado cited the consistent tree-planting activities initiated by his brother, Rep. Roger Mercado that was supported by all sectors, over the years as a big factor in keeping away typhoons from entering the province.
A typhoon-forming low pressure area that has its initial position east of Surigao City going in general direction to the province usually changes course as it approaches the province, many observers noted.
Generally, this was because of the cool atmosphere collectively generated by the planted trees, based on scientific explanation, Mercado stated.
"Of course, our prayers to Mama Mary for her divine intervention also helped," the governor added, acknowledging the religious-minded inclination of the people.
Thus, in planting just one tree -- and seeing to it that it grew, survived -- the one who planted perhaps may not feel it, but such act goes a long way in driving away typhoons out of the province, in addition to other good effects on the environment, the governor said, putting in proper perspective the importance of tree planting. (ldl/mmp/PIA 8-Southern Leyte)