August 12, 2017, Filed under Banner News



LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Governor Amado I. Espino, III led some 200 participants comprising of employees from the provincial government, several national government agencies and some members of Guardians Grace Lingayen Chapter in the launching of the Adopt-A-Mountain tree planting activity dubbed “Pangasinan Onward Greening Initiative (POGI)” held at Barangay Cayanga in Bugallon on August 10.


The provincial chief executive and the participants boarded two 6×6 relief and rescue trucks of the PDRRMO and four  dump trucks of the Provincial Engineering Office from the Capitol grounds to Barangay Cayanga and vice versa.


From the drop off point, participants walked on foot, crossed a waist-deep river, and hiked a 30-minute rough mountain trail to reach the 20-hectare lot adopted by the provincial government, in collaboration with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).


Over 2,500 mahogany and narra seedlings from the Provincial Agriculture Office were planted while five kilograms of ipil-ipil seeds, a fast-growing mimosoid tree, donated by the Guardians, were scattered to reforest the area.


In his short talk before the actual planting activity, Governor Espino vowed that the greening initiative will become a fortnightly or monthly tree planting activity and clean-up drive in Barangay Cayanga to ensure that the seedlings will grow.


The Adopt-A-Mountain tree planting activity is a brainchild project of the provincial chief and initiated by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) which targets to plant more than 6,000 more seedlings in Barangay Cayanga by September.


According to ENRO chief Nathaniel Pulido, the initiative has sparked interest from other agencies to follow Gov. Espino’s advocacy and requested from ENRO to schedule tree planting activities this month.


Environment and Natural Resources Office ENRO chief Nathaniel Pulido facilitated the activity while Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro took charge of logistics and safety of the participants.


/Krystle Mae J. Reamon




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