The Department of Agrarian Reform in South Negros Occidental recently planted almost 8, 000 tree seedlings in agrarian reform communities in selected municipalities and cities in Negros Occidental in support of the government’s Climate Change resiliency and national greening programs.
Under Republic Act 9729, the government initiates ways and means to help farmers adapt to climate change, while under the National Greening Program, the government aims to cover the remaining 7.1 million hectares of unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands nationwide.
“The tree-planting activities of DAR is our way of helping mitigate the effects of climate change, which greatly affects the livelihood of our agrarian reform beneficiaries,” Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Dr. Enrique Paderes said.
Paderes added that DAR Negros Occidental 2 has been a partner of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in achieving the program’s objective which is to provide opportunities for communities to develop social enterprises to produce sustainable livelihood and optimize benefits, and encourage local government units, organize upland communities in the development of forest plantations, including forest parks.
The DAR personnel and officers, and members of agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) took time off from their office and farm chores, respectively, to plant tree seedlings on two occasions.
On March 9, almost 4000 seedlings of trees were planted in Purok Tara, Barangay Carabalan in Himamaylan City and in Barangay Bi-ao, in Binalbagan, while on February 28, almost 4, 000 tree seedlings were also planted by DAR personnel, partner agencies and members of various ARCs in Purok Hunob, Barangay Gomez and in Purok Tamsik, General Malvar, both in the town of Pontevedra.*
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