Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (28 June 2016) – Some 722 planters are planting a total of 16,994 seedlings to 10.21 hectares during the recent Arbor Day simultaneous tree planting activities within four identified planting sites in Surigao del Sur spearheaded by PENRO-SDS and its field offices on June 24, 2016.
PENRO-SDS NGP Coordinator Forester Nannette Quinoñes bared that 5.0 hectares with 8,330 seedlings were planted at Barangay Mabuhay in Tandag City under PENRO-SDS which was participated by 301 registered planters composed of LGU-Tandag City personnel headed by City Mayor Roxanne T. Pimentel, employees from LGU-Surigao del Sur province, LGU-Barangay Mabuhay, DILG, DPWH, King Cooperative, City Water District, Mabuhay Rural Workers Organization, students from St. Theresa College among others.
The CENRO Lianga registered 190 participants who planted 4,998 seedlings to 3.0 hectares at Barangay Rizal in Barobo town during the same activity. In CENRO Bislig, a total of 71 planters joined the simultaneous tree planting at Sitio San Nicolas, Barangay San Jose in Bislig City who planted with 2,000 seedlings to 1.21 hectares while under CENRO Cantilan there were 160 planters are joining the same event who planted 1.0 hectares with 1,666 seedlings at Barangay Bocaue in Lanuza town.
Arbor Day is celebrated as annual observance dedicated for planting and conservation of trees in consonance with RA 10176 or Arbor Day Act of 2012 signed on September 12, 2012. Under the law, all abled-body citizen who are at least twelve (12) years old are required to plant trees at designated areas nationwide.
The Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program (NPG) implementation signed on February 24, 2011, stipulated that all students identified by DepEd and CHED and all government employees are required to plant a minimum of ten (10) tree seedlings every year to areas identified by DENR through Convergence Initiatives. (Johny S. Natad/ PENRO-SDS).