Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. is again inviting socio-civic organizations and employees of national government agencies to join the provincial government’s 17th Pyesta sang Kakahuyan tree-planting activity this Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Around 8,000 seedlings of fruit and forest trees will be planted on a 8-hectare forest reserve in Brgy. Sta. Rita, Maasin, Iloilo which is part of the Maasin Watershed Area.
Participants in the tree-planting activity are advised to assemble at the provincial capitol grounds from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. The caravan will take off at 6:30 a.m. from the capitol grounds to the Kakahuyan Park in Brgy. Daja, Maasin where a short program will be held.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) will spearhead the activity as part of the Action for Regreening and Transformation (ART) for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Program of the provincial government.
PENRO officer-in-charge Atty. Arturo Cangrejo advised tree-planters to wear comfortable clothing (preferably long sleeves), caps or visors, and rubber shoes or sandals. They are also advised to bring bottled water for hydration.
ART for CCA program has already planted more than 1.5 million tree seedlings and mangrove propagules since its implementation in 2011. It was formulated to help address the problem on global warming.
Meanwhile, Pyesta sang Kakahuyan was established by Gov. Defensor in 1999 to ensure sustainable reforestation activities in the province.