NAVAL, Biliran, May 5 (PIA) — As the nation celebrated Earth Month in April with the theme, “Restore Our Earth,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Biliran Provincial Office encouraged Biliranons to practice seed bombing to bring back vegetation especially in vacant areas.
In one of PIA-Biliran’s Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan over Radyo Natin-Naval, Maria Cristina A. Santos, information officer of DENR-Biliran, urged Biliranons to keep the seeds from the fruits they eat and disperse them in vacant spaces in the community or along highways.
To ensure the seeds will grow and mature, Santos recommended to apply seed bombing, that is covering the seeds with clay or compost to protect the seeds from breaking when launched. Besides, the compost provides nutrients to help the seeds survive and grow.
Santos added, all the 54 employees of DENR-Biliran are each required to produce 300 seedlings of different kinds of trees or fruit-bearing trees for distribution to their clients that someday they may help ensure food security among residents and help in the absorption of greenhouse gasses in our environment.
Meanwhile, Laiza Marie B. Corpin, forest technician and focal person for “Tayo ang Kalikasan” movement, called on each and everyone’s responsibility in taking care of the environment.
Corpin disclosed 14 existing People’s Organizations (POs) in the entire province of Biliran under the Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) agreement assisted by DENR in restoring forest areas under the Enhanced National Greening Program. POs under the CBFM agreements have tenurial security and incentives to develop, utilize and manage specific portions of forest lands.
Once the forests are restored, global warming may lessen to the comfort of the humanity and other living organisms.
DENR-Biliran also noted hatchlings in Tingkasan Island in the municipality of Kawayan, and Sambawan Island in the municipality of Maripipi. Thus, people living or occupying the coastal areas in these islands are advised not to introduce concreting of the shorelines for the return of the marine turtles, Corpin added. (ldl/mlt/PIA8 Biliran)