DepEd initiative to plant native tree species in campuses lauded



Environment Secretary Ramon Paje

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Saturday lauded a project of the Department of Education to plant at least five native tree species on school campuses, saying it will boost the government’s urban greening program.

In a statement, Paje said the tree-planting initiative would not only strengthen efforts to inculcate environmental awareness among the youth, but would also teach them the importance of preserving native trees.

“The project will boost the propagation of native trees, especially those which are slowly disappearing, and which Filipinos use for food, medicine and other uses,” Paje said.

“More importantly, the project will educate millions of students and other Filipinos on the richness of our biodiversity as a natural heritage, and they do not need to go to the mountains to see these trees,” he added.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro instructed all teachers and students in 763 public schools in Metro Manila to take part in the National Greening Program of the Aquino administration by growing trees endemic to the Philippines.

There are about 3,600 species of trees found in the country, the most famous of which is narra, touted as the national tree. Its wood is said to be one of the toughest in the world.

Other Philippine native trees are guijo, kamagong, red and white lauan, tindalo, yakal, and molave.

Paje said the DepEd project would complement the urban greening component of the government’s National Greening Program.

Established in February 2011 under Executive Order No. 26, the National Greening Program seeks to plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares by 2016.

So far, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has planted 142.6 million seedlings spread out over 232,000 hectares of land nationwide. The program also generated more than 364,000 jobs, the department said.

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  • surigao_miners

    Epal kana naman PAJE! hanggat ikaw ang Sec. ng DENR mauubos at mauubos ang mga kahoy at dadami ng husto an mga illegal miners! lalong dadami pa ang mamatay sa flashfloods! Mag RESIGN ka na!

  • UPLB-2008-3****

    hay nako, nung high school ako, sina-suggest ko lagi yan sa mga Sipsip sa Guro este, Supreme Student Government officers – kahit man lang lagundi (madaling tumubo, shady pa) – ayaw nila, I dunno why really – kalaki-laki naman ng space sa school. Tsk.

  • boybakal

    MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Saturday lauded a project of the Department of Education to plant at least five native tree species on SCHOOL CAMPUSES.

    Akala ko pa naman sa bundok ng Compostela at Davao Oriental magtatanim dahil inubos na daw ng Illegal loggers… school campuses pala….babaliin lang yan ng mga studianteng bulakbol at pag recess.
    To Plant…akala ko planted na.

  • disqusted0fu

    instead of just lauding, Paje should come up with a similar project in a bigger scale, say Compostela valley and all those other areas where landslides and flash floods are possible which are partly caused by the inaction of the government on illegal logging.

  • Mark

    This dont make sense.  The NGP has a target of 100M trees in 2011 and 200M trees in 2012.  So by end of 2012 there should have been around 300M seedings planted.  And now its December 2012 and DENR is saying they only planted 142M, not even half of the target?  where is the bigger portion of their budget the congress allocated this department going to????? For this matter, the why is the NGP website of DENR not updated? Its still showing 2011 information. What happened to the so-called straight path transparent advocady?????? where are people’s taxes going to?????

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