Solidar embarks in tree rehab in Yolanda-ravaged towns

ILOILO – Solidar Switzerland, an international humanitarian organization, is set to launch a tree growing project in three Yolanda-ravaged towns here in an effort to restore the environment that monster storm ruined.

Rolánd Hürlimann, Country Representative of Solidar Switzerland, informed Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. that they will plant 15,600 indigenous tree seedlings in 23 villages located in Sara Batad and Estancia.

The project will kick off with a ceremonial tree planting at 10:00 am on September 18, 2014 in Barangay Pasig, Sara. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Chief Solidad Sucaldito has set aside 1,500 seedlings for the said activity.

According to Yleanne Balmonte, training coordinator of Solidar Switzerland-Philippines, the project will directly benefit 277 households in the village.

But once a tree reaches its productive stage, any cost or materials derived from it will be used for public purpose by the whole community which has a total of 703 households, she said.

She added that the trees will not be cut until it reaches the age of 25-30 years for whatever good purpose the community agreed.

To sustain the project, Solidar Switzerland will provide tree guard or fence for each seeding as protection against wild animals.

The select beneficiaries will likewise help in monitoring and maintaining the growth of five to ten trees.

“Through this, the sense responsibility as well as ownership and participation will be promoted among all communities,” Balmonte stressed

Meanwhile, the governor expressed his support to the project for he, too, has the same project implemented all throughout the province.

His Action for Re-greening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation (ART for CCA) has been intensified after Yolanda wreaked havoc in Northern Iloilo.

The rehabilitation project of the governor aims to plant 1.5-million trees and half a million mangroves in affected coastal areas by the end of the year. #2014News



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