VIRAC, CATANDUANES, Philippines – More than 100 people in Catanduanes planted 32,294 trees in one day under Project 1.11.11, boosting calls for reforestation in the country amid recurring landslides and flashfloods, said Representative Cesar V. Sarmiento, who conceptualized the project.
Those who planted the trees on Jan. 11 came from public and private schools, local government units, national agencies, provincial offices, environmental groups, nongovernment organizations, barangay councils, said Sarmiento.
He said he hoped the achievement would be done at least once a month until the main event on Nov. 11 when majority of the population are expected to troop to idle and barren lands to plant trees for Project 11.11.11.
The trees planted included mahogany, narra, fruit-bearing trees, berry seeds, rambutan and malunggay.
Most of the tree-planting sites were inside school and office compounds and road sides.
He said that five of the country’s most powerful typhoons have ripped through Catanduanes in the last two decades.
The environment department has said in a statement during a recent meeting at the Catanduanes State Colleges that the canopy forest of Catanduanes now has only about five-percent of the 151,150-hectare land area, or less than 5,000 ha. Fernan Gianan, Inquirer Southern Luzon