All roads lead to Maasin watershed in Brgy. Daja, Maasin, Iloilo on Saturday, June 25, for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ BIKE.HIKE.PLANT+ 2022 and the ceremonial launching of the Iloilo Provincial Government’s Tanum Iloilo sa Hunyo 2022: Tree Growing for Food Security and Public Safety.
Around 1,000 bikers will be joining the BIKE.HIKE.PLANT while simultaneous tree planting activities will be conducted by the provincial government’s convergence partners in the different municipalities.
The activity is in line with the celebration of the 159th Philippine Forestry Service Anniversary and Arbor Day.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. issued Executive Order No. 305 declaring Tanum Iloilo sa Hunyo 2022 under Tanum Iloilo, the Province’s program for tree growing and forest development towards a Forest Province.
The program taps the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations , socio civic organizations, schools and academic institutions, religious organizations, media and the social media netizens, and business and other sectors, in a harmonized and collaborative implementation of all national laws, administrative issuances, LGU ordinances and resolutions in the pursuit of tree growing and forest development for food security and public safety.
It shall also launch the Province’s focused and intensified implementation of the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) or contour farming particularly in upland areas to prevent landslides and flooding.
Under E.O. 305, the following are the designated planting areas during the province wide tree growing activity: a.) Upland areas suitable for SALT; b.) Forest land; c.) Coastal areas and abandoned fishponds for mangrove planting; d.) Riverbanks; e.) Open public land; f.) Municipal/Barangay plazas and lots, and ecology parks; g.) Roadside along national highways, provincial, municipal and barangay roads; h.) School premises; i.) Premises of private establishments; j.) Premises of office buildings and facilities of NGOs, NGAs, POs and SCOs; k.) Household backyards and private lots; and l.) Other suitable areas.
It is expected that the Municipality and Barangay could plant 1,000 seedlings/LGU; Convergence Partners - 100 seedlings/agency/ organization /sector or as required by the application of SALT; and Household/Social Media/Netizens - 5 seedlings/household.