SAN Francisco, Agusan delSur–People who joined the massive tree planting activity in this province and Surigao del Sur organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) over the weekend have made sure the indigenous seedlings were properly planted so that it will survive and grow to become lush forest in the next few years.
Dubbed KBP Oplan Broadcastreeing held simultaneously nationwide, the significant event had drawn more than 2,000 people coming from all walks of life who planted premium dipterocarp species of Narra, Lauan and Yakal provided the Philsaga Mining Corp.
Max Tutor, Chairman of KBP Agusan del Sur-Surigao del Sur Chapter, said the KBP national leadership has urged different chapters in the country to prefer planting indigenous species rather than commercial planted species.
KBP has targeted at least a million seedlings every year during the nationwide activity.
As expected, the tree planting in the hilly middle part of Mt. Magdiwata watershed has achieved a thousand seedlings as each participant that includes secondary and college students, police and Army men, teachers, staff of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and media workersa, planted at least two seedlings each.
In Bayugan City, the activity led by Alfredo Plaza, station manager of DXDA station has also drawn residents from different sectors with 1,500 seedlings planted in the hilly portion of the mountain in Calaitan village.
In Surigao del Sur, some 500 people joined the tree planting activity in Barangay Patong which drew police and Army soldiers.
The participants were taught the proper handling of the new seedlings and a technique how to plant it in the woods so that it can survive up to the time it can stand on its own when it matures in the next few years.
To their big surprise media practitioners witnessed how the seedlings they planted in 2015 had already grown robustly.