The “Adopt-a-Mountain” project of Governor Amado I. Espino III continue to flourish as some employees of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and Pangasinan Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) planted a variety of tree seedlings in Cayanga Village Reforestation site.
“Maraming volunteer ang nagtatanim dito dahil ina-appreciate nila ang Adopt-a-Mountain project ni Governor Espino III, na kahit may COVID-19 pandemic tayo, tuloy tuloy pa rin ang programa basta sumusunod sa health protocol,” said PENRO OIC Nathaniel Pulido during the tree planting activity held in Cayanga Bugallon on July 24.
The reforestation site is regularly visited by the employees under the Environment and Natural Resources Office of the province, who assure that the trees planted will grow well.
1,500 seedlings were planted on the site which include: narra, kasoy, acacia, and duhat.
“Gusto ni Governor Espino na hindi lang iyong pagtatanim kundi pati na rin ang pag-aalaga. Lagi niyang sinasabi na tree planting is tree growing. Ang importansya nito ay maipakita sa Pangasinense na ang provincial government ay sincere sa pagtatanim, pag-aalaga, at pag-protekta ng ating kapaligiran kaya naging idea ito ni Governor Espino,” added Pulido.
PDDRMO Head Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro also stressed that the tree planting activity is a big help for the disaster preparedness of the province.
The adoption of the Cayanga reforestation site for the said project of the province in 2017 was endorsed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan via the approval of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the provincial government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
As of now, 85% of the 20 hectares in Cayanga Village Reforestation site is already planted with different fruit bearing trees.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources granted the request of the Provincial Government by giving additional 100 hectares of land in Bugallon, 10 hectares of land in Mabini, and 50 hectares of land in Umingan for reforestation projects. /Diane A. Tinambacan