Envi group calls on public to help fight forest fires

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Monday, March 30, 2015


COTABATO CITY – An environmental protection advocacy group is calling on the public to help fight forest fires and to continue planting trees.

The Balik Kalikasan Advocacy Group (BKAG) raised the call after a dry spell has been noted in Cotabato since January.

“Any destruction to forests puts the environment in serious danger…Climate change has been destroying agricultural products, turning green forest into brown which indicates a dying forest,” the BKAG said.

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The BKAG said the trees planted in the past decade have been helping people displaced by armed conflicts. The group planted Talipao and Antipolo trees along the highways in Maguindanao which are now used by displaced families.

The group said about half of the more than one million trees it planted in Maguindanao in the past 10 years have survived.

In September last year, BKAG took part in the TreeVolution Mindanao, an island-wide one-hour simultaneous tree planting program which broke the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations is 2,294,629, achieved by 122,168 participants in an event organized by TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW (Philippines) at 29 locations across the Philippines on 26 September 2014,” the Guinness World Records said in a statement.

TreeVolution volunteers planted rubber, cacao, timber, mahogany, and a variety of fruit trees across Mindanao. A previous record-holder, India, planted 1,945,525 trees.

In preparation for the rainy season, BKAG is growing Antipolo and Talipao seedlings in its nursery in Minrico compound, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. The seedlings will be available for free to any group that wishes to participate in tree planting activities or greening program. (MindaNews)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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