The city government forester has urged city authorities to undertake close monitoring and maintenance of the trees that will be planted in its identified an area in Barangay Montible as its planting site for this Saturday’s Pista Y Ang Kagueban.
City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) forester Elgino de Guzman raised concerns that the area where the annual tree planting event will be done is facing threats of encroachment of settlers, hence the need for them to monitor the site once the trees have been planted.
The City has identified a 5-hectare planting site between Kms. 31 and 32 in Brgy. Montible and has readied some 10,000 tree seedling for planting by volunteers.
“Kailangan hindi nawawalan ng tao dito, kailangan po ang tauhan ng City ENRO in charge po sa Pista Y Ang Kagueban ay dapat nandito sila, kung pwede nga 24/7 kasi ang area na ito ay subject for encroachment. It is actually encroached already,” De Guzman said.
De Guzman said that the planting site is the same site identified in the government’s National Greening Program, undertaken by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and that previous efforts of tree planting have failed due to lack of monitoring.
“Medyo nabibitin tayo. Pagkatapos nito kasi sa dami nating plano halos wala namang natutupad kung baga, nagagawa. I take this opportunity na marinig sana nila, marinig ng taga-City hall na kailangan po nito hindi lang Pista Y Ang Kagueban na pagtatanim ang gagawin natin kung hindi Pista Y Ang Kagueban na merong maintenance and protection para makaka-assure tayo na ang ating pinagkagastusan at pinagpaguran ay may makikita naman tayong return.”