The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has planted more than 1.5 million tree seedlings in 3,035 hectares of land in Negros Occidental, Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer, Valentin Talavero, said.
More than P27 million was spent on the project that was accomplished before December of last year, he said in a press release from the Philippine Information Agency.
The National Greening Program contributed 936,000 seedlings planted in Don Salvador Benedicto, Murcia, EB Magalona and Moises Padilla towns.
The Urban Greening Program planted seedlings on 165 hectares found in the different tree parks and plazas of the cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, while LGUs shared 66,000 seedlings planted though the Community Environment Resources and Management Office in Bacolod with 75 hectares, CENRO Cadiz 40 hectares, CENRO Kabankalan 40 hectares and CENRO Sipalay 10 hectares, the press release also said.
The mangrove Rehabilitation Program produced 66,660 seedlings planted in 15 hectares of shore lands found in the cities of Kabankalan with 5 hectares, Himamaylan - 5 hectares and the municipality of Binalbagan - 5 hectares, the press release said.
Production of indigenous species reached 397,000 seedlings and production of fruit trees 94,500, it added.
Talavero said the DENR enjoined the assistance of 15,404 volunteers for the planting of the seedlings.
Meanwhile, new home for Community Environment and Natural Resources Kabankalan City was inaugurated recently with Talavero and Mayor Isidro Zayco as guests.
The new office building will house the Office of the CENR Officer, the Forest Management Sector, the Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Sector and the Planning Office, a press release from Kabankalan City said.*