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DAR personnel plant trees in Shilan forest

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 13 2016LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Employees from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) planted 350 coffee seedlings in the communal forest of Shilan to restore and preserve the water sources in the communities here.

According to Barangay Kagawad Nelson Digman, the forest of Shilan is the water source of the four sitios of the municipality of Tawang. 

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Robert B. Ampaguey said the DAR upholds its commitment to contribute and provide help to the farming communities here, “that’s why we conducted a tree-planting activity to contribute to the cause of the local government here to preserve the water source of Tawang.”

Forest Officer Charlie Lopez of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office and Forest Rangers Emiliano Balbines and Macario Toyan guided the DAR employees in clearing the wild grasses before planting the 350 coffee seedlings.news reg 1 pix 2 oct. 13 2016

“Upon the expert advice of the Natural resources office here, we planted coffee seedlings because they are water intensive and they have a wide root structure for holding mountain soil in place,” explains Ampaguey.

“The coffee beans are the added bonus. The residents and farmers living in Shilan forest can harvest the coffee beans for home consumption,” said Ampaguey.

The tree-planting activity was implemented in line with the National Greening Program of the government that seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016.

The DAR planted the communal forest of Shilan with Arabica coffee seedlings on July 14, 2016. (Vilma Faustino)

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