DENR-NIR partners with Bacolod City for urban greening program
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Negros Island Region (DENR-NIR) has partnered with the City of Bacolod for the launching of an urban greening program next month.
DENR-NIR Director Al Orolfo said that through the three-year program, they will create green corridors within the city especially by planting endemic tree species.
As of Monday, the launching date has yet to be finalized.
Orolfo added that Mayor Evelio Leonardia has already been authorized by the Sangguniang Panlungsod to sign a memorandum of agreement with the DENR-NIR.
The aim is to make Bacolod not only a green city, but a biodiversity-friendly city, he said.
Leonardia said Bacolod aims to plant one million trees through the program.
With the cooperation of barangay officials, Leonardia said the city government would initiate the tree-planting program.
He added that the initiative was seen to elevate the level of environmental consciousness and awareness, and love for trees of the people of Bacolod.
The mayor urged the private sector to take part in the program, and also encouraged homeowners who have vacant lots to plant trees.
In June last year, the DENR-NIR offered to provide free seedlings to each barangay in Negros Occidental.
The agency maintains PHP80-million mechanized nursery project in Ayungon, Negros Oriental. It is one of the 11 mechanized nursery projects in the country, and among the first five sites opened.
The nursery, which also provides services to three other Visayas regions, can produce up to 250,000 seedlings a day. (PNA)