June 20, 2021

A tree-planting project was carried out in the Angeles City watershed

As part of the municipal government’s environmental effort, at least 1,000 seedlings of different fruits and non-bearing fruits were planted along the watershed in Barangay Sapangbato on Saturday.

The tree-planting effort, dubbed “Bayanihan sa Tubig-Kanlungan,” is a rehabilitation project for the Angeles City Watershed that is being carried out with collaboration with the Abacan River Angeles Watershed Advocacy Council Inc. (ARAW-ACI).

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said that the municipal administration is still dedicated to promoting environmental protection and preservation initiatives.

“Sa abot ng ating makakaya, gagawin natin ang lahat upang maisaayos at maproteksyunan ang ating watershed,” says the narrator. (We will do all we can to organize and preserve our watershed to the best of our abilities),” Lazatin said.

Volunteers from the city hall and local authorities were among those who took part in the one-day tree-planting event.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark International Airport Corporation, Converge ICT Solutions, De La Salle Alumni, Pampanga Press Club, Kapanalig Angeles Inc., Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Soliman EC, MRDL Enterprises, ROMAC Group, WIDUS Foundation, Holy Angel University, Angeles City Bureau of Jail Management, and WIDUS Foundation are all part of the project.

Lazatin said his office is in constant contact with BCDA via Clark International Airport Corp. vice president Irish Calaguas to entrust the city government with the management of the 560-hectare watershed.

BCDA officials have agreed in principle, according to Lazatin, and the city has committed to preserve the area.

“Sa mga anak natin at sa mga susunod pang henerasyon, para ito. (This is for the benefit of our children and future generations),” he added.

Last January, Lazatin requested that the BCDA transfer the management of his 560-hectare property in Barangay Sapangbato to the city so that it may be converted into a protected forest park and watershed.

The property is part of a military reserve area governed by BCDA and covered under the Bases Conversion Act.

Meanwhile, CENRO officer-in-charge Archimedes Lazatin stated the tree-planting efforts would continue through August of this year, noting the municipal government’s long-term sustainability advocacy.

According to him, continuous monitoring of the planted trees will be carried out since scientists predict a water scarcity in 2030.

“As Mayor Lazatin said, we must invest in long-term solutions to protect future generations,” the CENRO director added.

113 female City Hall workers and volunteers planted 600 trees in the Angeles Watershed on March 19 of this year.

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