Capitol intensifies ‘Greening’ Program

MALAYBALAY CITY(Bukidnon News Dispatch/ 29 Sept.) — About 400 Benguet Pines and 1,300 Mahogany Seedlings were dispersed to be planted, mobilizing majority of the provincial government employees of Bukidnon for the tree-planting activity last September 23 at the Provincial Tree Park.The activity, spearheaded by the Bukidnon Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO), was in line with the National Greening Program, according to Johnny L. Mancawan (CDA II of Provincial Tree Park).

The National Greening Program, otherwise known as Executive Order (E.O.) 26, was issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III last February 24, 2011.

The program specifically seeks to plant 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of public lands nationwide in six years, from 2011 to 2016—more than twice the government’s accomplishments for the past 25 years of about 730, 000 hectares, according to a post at the Official Gazette online site, www.gov.ph.

At the same time, the activity was also part of the provincial government’s  celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, Mancawan said.

“The Benguet Pine trees were planted at open areas while the Mahogany seedlings were planted in areas with vegetation,” he added.

In line with the civil service anniversary, other activities of the Provincial Government of Bukidnon were a fun-run and opening program on September 1; mass, bloodletting and start of sports fest on September 2; healthy lifestyle orientation, retiree counselling; and on the September 30 Culminating and Awarding Ceremony.

The sports fest, started on September 2, were participated in by provincial government employees, according to Emmanuel C. Paano, Human Resource Management Officer IV. Sports included were basketball, softball, volleyball, kickball, touch ball and obstacle race. (Hazel A. Generalao)

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One Response

  1. Greening of Bukidnon & planting pine tress. Pine trees make the soil acidic and leaches soil minerals required by agricultural crops and other plants. Pine trees should never be planted in Bukidnon being an agricultural zone. Mahogany & other native trees (lawa-an, talisayan, etc) are best.

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