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International year of forests
soft launching held in Bago

A soft launch of the International Year of the Forests 2011 was held in Sitio Jaroy, Barangay Ilijan, Bago City, Negros Occidental Monday, led by the Broad Initiatives for Negros Development Inc., a BIND press release said.

A tree-planting of native tree species coincided with parallel nationwide efforts of the Rainforest Restoration Initiative Network. The national activity will be held in Silago, Southern Leyte. with plans to plant 2,011 native species seedlings together with the Leyteños and other stakeholders.

The RFRI noted that project sites should hold “simultaneous planting of native species all over the Philippines. This will serve as a symbol of defiance to decades of reforestation using the wrong species. We hope to promote forest restoration using native species and showcase our wonderful and diverse Philippine flora,” the press release said.

The Negros launching was three days ahead of the main event at the United Nations in New York tomorrow (Philippine time).

In Bago, participants planted 143 seedlings from household nurseries of endemic species that included 7 acacias, 43 narras, 45 bacans, 46 natos, and 2 lauans, the press release said.

Jaroy is one of the seven model tree-planting communities spread along Murcia, Bago, La Carlota and La Castellana. In the project sites, agrarian reform beneficiaries have planted over 90,000 native and fruit trees since 2008. The planting sites form buffer zones to the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.

The Philippine Tropical Forest Foundation supported BIND on the project “Expanding and Connecting Rainforestation in MKNP” to promote rainforestation and non-timber forest products as forest conservation measures, the press release said.

Agrarian reform beneficiary Demetrio Lapatan provided the planting site for the native tree species in his organic agroforestry farm.

Other stakeholders in the Negrense soft launch included American expatriate Ronald Rathbun and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Student Catholic Action members. The organization has participated in BIND tree planting activities at the MKNP and in Salvador Benedicto, the press release added.*

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Mangrove restoration
in barangay banago

The office of Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez and the Ikaw Ako Japan Negros Partnership for Environment Protection will sponsor a mangrove reforestation project in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, soon.

  Ikaw Ako is a Non Government Organization whose advocacy is to rehabilitate mangrove forests in Negros Island to protect its coastal barangays.           

Lopez, Sanggunian Chairman for the Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries and Trade, Commerce and Industries, met with Mari Kurata, Ikaw Ako coordinator and JICA project manager, for their first cooperation project, a press release from Lopez’s office said.

The plan is to involve the residents in replanting so they sought the help of Brgy. Captain Arnel Benjamin.  The project, has attracted the people who said that this is the best time to restore a natural barrier that will save them from flood and an opportunity for them to restore their livelihood, the press release said.

With constant information dissemination and education, the residents of Brgy. Banago now understand the importance of replanting and restoring mangrove forests, the press release said.

Results on projects of Ikaw Ako, maybe obtained through  www.ikawako.com or email to mayprogresskaylopez@yahoo.com, the press release added.*

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Kapuso Network stars
set BacoLaodiat visit

Actor and Youth Ambassador of the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Dingdong Dantes, will be in Bacolod City with Tanya Lopez, National Committee on Dramatic Arts secretary, to celebrate the BacoLaodiat Festival on Friday, a press release from the Negros Museum said.

February is also celebrated as the National Arts Month, and now on its 20th year, it is dubbed as the Philippine International Arts Festival 2011, on the theme “Ating Anihin, Ani ng Sining ng Taumbayan.”

Aside from celebrating the Chinese New Year with the Bacolod community, Dantes and Lopez will also meet the press. Registration will start 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a Pre-Tanghal Performance at 8 p.m., the press release added.

Meanwhile, GMA Network will bring to Bacolod the stars of its newest programs – I ♥ You Pare and Alakdana, for the BacoLaodiat, a press release from the network said.

Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez, will take part in the BacoLaodiat Festival Kapuso Night, which will be held at the North Capitol Road. She will be joined by Dantes.

Regine has been the reigning queen of the romantic comedy genre, while Dingdong, who was recently nominated as Best Actor at the 15th Asian Television Awards, displays his versatility as he dabbles in comedy for the very first time, the press release said.

Joining them are Louise Delos Reyes, Paulo Avelino and Alden Richards – lead stars of the Alakdana, GMA’s newest afternoon soap that scored a high pilot rating in its January 24 debut.

The Kapuso Night at the North Capitol Road grounds will start at 6 p.m. Friday.*

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