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Another 1M Trees Eyed to be Planted This Year
July 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - July 30, 2021 @ 1:00 am
Elated over the success of growing four million new trees in the past four years, stakeholders of the Annual Million Trees Challenge (AMTC) have pledged to plant another one million trees this year to meet the target of planting five million trees.
This was disclosed by Metropolitan Waterwork Sewerage System (MWSS) chairman and acting administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco in an e-mail to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), as the country observes Philippine Environment Month.
The observance of Philippine Environment Month every June of the year is pursuant to Proclamation No. 237 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino on April 4, 1988. It aims to heighten environmental awareness among Filipinos and generate greater participation in environmental protection. With the month-long observance, it is hoped that the campaign for public awareness on the impact of environmental problems and their impact on everyday lives would be intensified.
AMTC launched the tree planting project in 2017.
Velasco has expressed satisfaction with this noble project, saying the AMTC is on the right track to help improve the environment, particularly on denuded areas of watersheds.
About 9,509.375 hectares of watersheds involving Angat, Ipo, Kaliwa, La Mesa, Laguna Lake, Umiray, and Upper Marikina, including Manila Bay have been reforested based on the audit report by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“One of the remarkable accomplishments of AMTC is increasing the forest cover of Ipo Watershed from 43 percent in 2017 to 81 percent in 2020,” Velasco said, adding that “sustainable nurturing of sapling trees planted take three years to maintain and sustain”.
For this year, the following AMTC partner stakeholders have pledged to plant more than one million trees namely: MWSS (140,000); MWSS-RO (23,000); Manila Water (70,000); Maynilad (20,000); Bulacan Bulk Water (20,000); DENR 3 (43,000); DENR 4A-PENRO Rizal (350,000); LLDA (100,000); Camp Nakar LGU (50,000); ALKFI-BL (40,000); WWF Philippines (60,000); Boy Scout of the Philippines (50,000); Bambuhay- Anak ni Inang Daigdig (60,000); JCI Senate Philippines (2,000); and, Rotary International District 3780 (5,000).