Butuan City folk revisit tree planting site at Mount Mayapay
By Richell P. Bongato
BUTUAN CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- About 400 volunteers from the national government agencies and private sector trooped to Mount Mayapay in this city on Wednesday in what the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13) coined as “ Balik Tanaw sa Mayapay” to highlight the celebration of the Arbor Day on 25th of June of each year.
As early as 4:00 am, the volunteers most of whom are state workers have assembled at Libertad Sports Complex to get a ride that will take them to the 675-meter-above sea level planting site amidst a gloomy weather condition. The state workers also brought each with them a tree seedling of narra to either plant them to a new ground or replenish those dead seedlings.
DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said “this year’s Arbor Day celebration revisits the planting sites in the 375-hectare area for rehabilitation at Mount Mayapay since the program started on the year 2008. The purpose of revisit is to determine high survival rate of the 8,888 mahogany seedlings that were planted on the year and left at the care of the CENRO Nasipit personnel."
The Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Marites M. Ocampo was also at hand to oversee the activities.
“I am satisfied with my findings," Tamayo said in his welcome remarks at the program before the start of the planting rites held at a nursery center near the summit of Mt. Mayapay.
The seedlings that were planted 5 years ago have grown to at least an average of 10 to 20-feet high, Tamayo said.
A decade from now, the people in Butuan City can expect to see the fruits of their labors that put life into the once-denuded Mount Mayapay. “Everyone appears excited looking forward on the day the brown color of the mountain turning into green,” Tamayo said.
Arbor Day began in Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA on April 10, 1872. An estimated one million seedlings were planted by the people in that city on that day. Since then, it became a yearly ritual in the United States to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting. In fact, it was declared a holiday in Nebraska to give the people time to think of the value of trees and caring for them as well. (FEA/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)