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DAR, LGU launch greening program in conflict-afflicted ARCs

piaMIDSAYAP, North Cotabato, Mar 24 (PIA)  -    Agrarian  Reform  Communities (ARCs) in  conflict-affected  areas  of Midsayap , North Cotabato   are currently  implementing   activities in  support of the   flagship National  Greening  Program.

Spearheaded  by the  Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)  with  the local government unit of Midsayap,   the  greening  program  took  off   early this  month the planting  of   200  mahogany  seedlings   in  Tumbras  ARC,  followed by  planting  of  more than 1,000 Mahogany seedlings through the collective efforts of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other farmers of Tumbras and Rajah Buayan ARCs.



Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion  Abella said the tree growing program aims to strengthen the cooperation and camaraderie of Muslim and Christian ARBs to attain peace and development in their respective communities.

“We challenge and encourage the ARBs to sustain the program we have for them. Sooner or later, the trees will grow and will help mitigate the effects of climate change which greatly affects their livelihood,” Abella said.

“We are hoping that this initiative will also be radiated to other ARCs in the province in the next months to come.”

ARBs who participated in the tree growing program  were given the privilege to name a tree after their  name, thus,   the  greening  areas  have  trees  called  Francisco Basadre tree, Farida Taha tree, Peng Kulilong tree, Alimudin Mulod tree, Abdul Kadir tree, Ester Lanzarote tree, and the  like.

Meanwhile, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer  Felerma Gimenez  noted, the ARBs were inspired with the concept of naming the trees after them because it gave them the sense of pride and responsibility on the trees they have planted.

“I am optimistic that more trees will be planted in the ARCs and more ARBs will join and support this initiative in preserving mother earth from the menace of climate change,” she said.

Besides  Tumbras  and  Rajah Buayan,  the  greening  program also  involves   other  ARC is the area  such as  Tugal, Nabalawag, Kapinpilan, and Sambulawan.

For this  endeavor, DAR and  Midsayap  LGU are  being assisted  by the  Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with  Roel  Orejudos-DAR North Cotabato)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611395581410

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