Some 2000 assorted seedlings of cacao, kape and acasia aure were planted at Barangay Basak, Compostela as the Cebu Provincial Government celebrated the Provincial Tree Planting Day last September 12, 2015.
Around 250 volunteers composed of Capitol employees, local government unit of Compostela, barangay council of Basak and the local police took part in planting.
Barangay Capt. Jane Quino, who owns the lot, committed to take care and nurture the plants.
The land is an alienable and disposable suitable for agroforestry. And since it is good for that purpose, the province provided kape and cacao (cash crops) and the acacia auricoliformis to provide shading.
The latter can also be used for fuel wood, a good substitute for mangrove and other endemic species that are usually used as fuel.
According to Cagang, the seedlings, once these become fully grown trees, would help them protect their rolling terrain from erosion.
PDRRMO Head, Baltazar S. Tribunalo, encouraged the locality to take care of the planted seedlings. He emphasized that trees would not just lessen soil erosion but keep the oxygen cycle going, a must for breathing.
“Wa mi nagduha duha sa pag apil aning pananum karon adlawa kay daku ning tabang sa amo-a puhon.”, one of the residents said.
The Provincial Tree Planting Day is also the Province’s mitigating measure to conserve and safeguard natural land forest and other resources. PENRO Correspondent: Timi-Lou Q. Manalili