The members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) IV-A conducted a tree-planting activity in a two-hectare site in the former San Mateo landfill at Sitio Baytangan, Barangay Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal on 23 September (Friday). The site is part of the former 71-hectare landfill within the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. Around 200 participants from the RDC IV-A members and partner agencies planted 1,000 seedlings of Narra, African tulip and other hardwood trees.
The activity was made successful through the collaborative efforts of 15 agencies, SUCs, LGU and private sector organization as follows: CHED, CSC, DENR, DepEd, DPWH, LLDA, LTO, NCIP, NEDA, NIA, Batanges State University, Cavite State University, University of Rizal System, Antipolo City and Philippine Industrial Estate Association. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officeof Rizal provided the seedlings andprepared the planting site.
DENR suggested that the 71 hectares be adopted by the RDC as area for tree planting activities and be designated as RDC forest park through a Memorandum of Agreement. An estimated 2,500 to 5,000 square meter-planting area can be allocated per agency. The agencies will be responsible for maintaining and protecting their adopted tree planting area. The RDC forest park can serve as a field trip area of students to study environment and ecology. It will also serve as a place for family day activities of the agencies.
The reforestation activity supported the greening initiatives of the DENR and contributed to the enhancement of the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape. It can contribute to disaster prevention on the Marikina River Watershed area.
Elisa I. Pandela, NEDA Region IV-A | Monday, October 10, 2016