by: Mary Lailani Pitao-Tupaz

NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – Dr. Mario Tubania, Officer in Charge of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Biliran Provincial Office opted for “adopt a tree” concept in tree planting to minimize mortality rate of the seedlings planted.

He made the declaration in response to the question of Trisha Caliao, a student leader of Lucsoon National High School ( LNHS), Naval, Biliran, during the open forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Advocacy Campaign, held at the LNHS campus on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Trisha Caliao asked for the tree planting schedule for their school and for the number of seedlings allocated for their school.

Dr. Tubania said, it is the school that schedules their own tree planting activity. DENR is ready to provide the seedlings which at this time is readily available for planting but they do not allocate specific number of seedlings for every school.

He added that he prefers for schools or other agencies to adapt the “adopt a tree” concept to avoid wastage of seedlings. He said that it was already observed that the more trees planted, the higher the mortality rate is. Compared to those who opted to plant less but adopt and nurture the trees until they become full grown, the mortality is less.

The Environment Chief urged the more that 400 students at Lucsoon National High School who attended the students’s forum to start planting especially this rainy season and to adopt trees within their school campus to be able to help in their own little ways mitigate climate change.

For her part, Forester Berlina Corzon from DENR-Biliran who was the lecturer on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Advocacy Campaign also urged the students to share with their respective families and communities what they learned from the forum.

A joint undertaking of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the DENR, the same forum was already held at the Naval School of Fisheries on July 18, 2014, during the launching of the campaign and at the Cathedral School of La Naval in September 9, this year.

Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Students’ Forum on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation was conducted at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Naval National High School in Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran province.

Tentative schedules for the advocacy campaign on climate change in Western Biliran High School for the Arts and Culture (WEBHSAC) and Almeria National High School are on September 16 and 17, respectively. # (PIA 8 Biliran)

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