The Special Science Elementary School in Dumaguete City planted 1,400 endemic tree seedlings recently in an identified reforestation area in Barangay Janay-janay, San Jose, Negros Oriental.
The area is part of the protected area of the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes.
Grade 4 adviser Vennie Vic Concepcion asked the assistance of the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Farmers Association Inc. in identifying the area suited for tree-planting, and the exact tree species that should be planted.
Concepcion said they are thankful that the children experienced the actual thrill and excitement during the activity.
Majority of the children had a first time experience of climbing the mountain and actual planting of trees in a reforestation area.
Most of the children said they had so much fun since it was their first time to dig and plant a tree. They also understand the value of trees and the importance of protecting the environment from irresponsible cutting of trees.
The children were accompanied by their parents and guardians during the actual planting activity. It is a requirement in order also encourage parents to support their children.
Rico Mier, president of the BTLFAI, said they will ensure that the planted seedlings will survive and grow considering that the supply of endemic tree is very limited. They have prepared at least 200 seedlings as replacement for the unsuccessful planted trees.
The activity is part of the requirement of the Department of Education (DepEd) for every elementary school children to plant a tree every month. It is in line with the National Greening Program of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, to achieve one million trees before the year ends.*MA
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