The members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) IV-A conducted a tree-planting activity at the Lobo Watershed in Sitio Ulupong, Barangay Sawang, Lobo, Batangas on June 24. The tree-planting activity coincided with the Arbor Day celebration in Lobo.
The tree planting activity was part of the RDC’s contribution to the environmental conservation and carbon sequestration efforts of the government. Around 400 participants from the RDC IV-A member and partner agencies planted 6,000 seedlings of narra and molave in Lobo Watershed area.
The activity was made possible through the collaborative efforts of 24 regional agencies, state universities and colleges, LGUs and private sector organizations.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Batangas provided the seedlings while the Lobo Water District conducted the site preparation. The DPWH IV-A conducted the trail clearing and provided the scrap materials for planting tools. The Batangas State University or BatSU, on other hand, will manage the planted area while the RDC members will maintain the plantation by re-planting and weeding for the next three years.
The reforestation activity will contribute to the improvement of the Lobo Watershed which serves as home to one of the Philippine endemic tree and classified as critically-endangered species listed in the Union for Conservation of Nature known as the Philippine Teak (Tectona philippinensis). It will also assist in the conservation of the Verde Island Passage – the Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity.
Revy Z. Jolongbayan, NEDA Region IV-A | Tuesday, July 5, 2016