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Antique plans to plant indigenous trees in honor of Earth Month.

On Thursday, at least 400 endemic tree seedlings will be planted in San Remigio town to replace those that died at the last tree-planting event performed during the Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The tree-planting event in Antique province is part of the nationwide commemoration of Environment Month on June 8, with numerous government entities expected to participate.

In an interview on Tuesday, Mirza Samillano, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Antique Development Management Officer V and chief of the Technical Services Division, stated, “We have prepared 400 seedlings of various indigenous species that will be planted.”

At their National Greening Program (NGP) location in Barangay Osorio 2, San Remigio, seedlings of narra (Pterocarpus indicus), kamagong (Diospyros discolor), and Palawan cherry will be planted.

Since 2014, fruit trees, narra, and other trees used for lumber or timber have thrived in the 150-hectare NGP site in San Remigio.

“The trees that will be planted tomorrow, June 8, are designed to replace seedlings that were previously planted but did not survive in the area,” Samillano explained.

Because of stray animals, grassfires, and other factors, some of the seedlings did not survive or grew slowly.

Coral Triangle Initiative Day, with a coastline cleanup exercise at Barangay Funda-Dalipe on June 9, and Family Day, with the launch of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) exhibit of diverse local products on June 20, are also on the agenda for the month-long event.

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