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In Region 12, BARMM, DENR, and partners plant over 41K tree seedlings.

CITY OF COTABATO – Officials announced Thursday that volunteers planted more than 41,000 trees of diverse types across the Soccsksargen (Region 12) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during simultaneous tree planting events.

During the nationwide simultaneous tree-planting operation on Wednesday, staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12), led by Regional Director Felix Alicer, led volunteers in planting tree seedlings in the Soccsksargen.

Over 1,000 volunteers planted various species of seedlings such as bamboos, fruit, and indigenous trees on 155.3 hectares in identified sites across the region, according to Alicer.

The event coincided with the commemoration of Philippine Environment Month, whose this year’s theme is “Aksyon para Sa Natatanging Mundo.”

“This tree-planting exercise is an example of the collective acts that we need to save and safeguard our Mother Earth, our only planet,” Alicer added.

The BARMM’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy office also coordinated a tree planting event in Lanao del Sur, with roughly 900 seedlings planted.

According to Provincial Environment Officer Asmarie Labao, one of the goals of the tree-planting operation is to green the neighborhoods and raise environmental consciousness.

“Instead of using the terms ‘tree growing’ or ‘tree planting,’ we’re focusing on assuring a better rate of tree survival,” Labao explained. “We don’t just plant tree saplings; we also give them special attention.”

According to him, care for the trees entails frequent monitoring, protection, and support until the seedlings are mature, sturdy, and guaranteed to survive.

Molave (Vitex parviflora), Golden tree (Cassia fistula L.), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Mahogany, and Mortality tree seedlings were planted.

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