MARIVELES, Bataan — An upland village here started on Wednesday the planting of trees as a way of caring for the environment and in line with a program of the provincial government of planting one million trees.
Barangay Alion chair Marcialito “Al” Balan led the tree-planting in a two-hectare flat land adjacent to a forested area. The village head said 1,500 seedlings of mahogany tree species were planted and more will be planted in the coming days.
“Ito’y in line with the program of Gov. Albert Garcia called ‘1M for 1B or One Million Trees for 1Bataan’ na kasamang inilunsad sa ‘Seal of Healthy Barangay’,” Balan said.
Participating in the activity were workers from the barangay, municipal and provincial governments and members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, associations in the village and various organizations like the Lion’s Club of Mariveles and Balanga City and Knights of Columbus.
Also joining were teachers and students from the elementary and high school in Alion, student-cadets from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific and other sectors.
Garcia launched the incentive- based program to encourage village leaders of planting more trees and eradicating drugs, measles, dengue and death from dog bites and maternal death.
A P50,000-cash award monthly awaits any of the 237 barangays in the province that will attain zero cases of dengue and drugs and maternal death and death from dog bites plus the planting of trees.