MIDSAYAP, 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)