The province of Bukidnon is the largest province in Region X and ranked eighth largest province in the entire country which is located upon a landlocked plateau at the center of Northern Mindanao. This province was able to reforest 19,925 hectares from its 1,049,859 hectares land area and 380,332.75 hectares or 36.23% is Alienable and Disposable.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO)-DENR Forester Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. PHD, informed the crowd in his Accomplishement Report during the Provincial Government of Bukidnon’s Monday Convocation held last June 3, 2013 at Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City.
Dr. Mirasol emphasized the importance that this province should maximize in planting and growing of trees to answer the mandate of the National Greening Program (NGP) that 1.5 billion trees should be planted in 1.5 million hectares of lands of the public domain for a period of six (6) years from CY 2011 to CY 2016. Therefore, all government employees shall be individually required to plant a minimum of 10 seedlings/ year in the areas determined by the Convergence Initiative. With the province initiatives, Governor Alex P. Calingasan set his flagship program on environmental concerns which he dubbed as “Re-Greening Bukidnon”.
He said, Bukidnon plays a vital role in its neighboring provinces since its seven river/watersheds (Upper Pulangui, Lower Pulangui, Tagoloan, Cagayan, Maridugao, Davao-Salug, Agusan-Cugman) drains to Butuan Bay, Gingoog Bay, Macajalar Bay, Iligan Bay, Moro Gulf, Liguasan Marsh, Davao Gulf and Agusan Marsh.
It is not only water that this province provides to its adjacent provinces but also food and power generation.
Aside from the 19,925 hectares reforested (CY 2011-2013), PENRO also planted 2,140 hectares for Bamboo Plantation and 1,132 hectares for Agroforestry Plantation.
With this report, Dr. Mirasol reminded everyone of the destruction and damages that Typhoons Sendong (2011) and Pablo (2012) made here in the region.
“It is important to continue what we have started years ago in the resiliency planning and activities to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Mirasol.
Governor Calingasan believed that if there’s no trees, no water and if there’s no water, there will be no food, and the rest will follow. In this regard, the governor encouraged everyone to plant and grow more trees to address our day-to-day needs and to cooperate in protecting our forests.