About 6,000 seedlings of indigenous trees such as kamagong, narra and jackfruit were planted by more than 2,000 volunteers in barangays Bongol and Balanac in Janiuay town last Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
The three planting activity is in celebration of the 18th Pyesta sa Kakahuyan which is a brainchild of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. The seedlings were planted along the river bank of Suage River stretching two kilometers.
The department heads and employees of the Iloilo provincial government were joined by employees from other national government agencies, students and civic organizations in the tree planting activity.
Janiuay Mayor Jose de Paula thanked Gov. Defensor for choosing their town to be the venue of this year’s Pyesta sa Kakahuyan. He said Suage River is their town’s primary source of potable water that is why they have pushed for the protection of the river from excessive quarrying. De Paula promised to support the governor’s thrust towards reforestation by also conducting their own tree planting activities.
Gov. Defensor thanked the participants from the different agencies and organizations for always responding every time he calls for a tree planting activity. “Your participation is very important because it shows your concern for the future generation,” he said.
The governor called for a continuous planting of trees as it could help mitigate the impact of global warming and climate change. To recall, Gov. Defensor has a program called Action for Regreening and Transformation (ART) for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) which promotes reforestation and coastal resource management. More than two million tree seedlings had been planted in the different parts of the province since the program was launched in 2010.
In July this year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu gave Gov. Defensor a plaque of recognition citing him as the most active Environment Champion in Region 6 for his “laudable efforts in mobilizing all stakeholders in environmental conservation through his Action for Regreening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation (ART for CCA) program.”