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Bacolod City taps summer job hires for urban greening program

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The city government will deploy its summer job hires to plant trees for Bacolod’s one-million trees program.

Bacolod, Negros Occidental Map(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Bacolod, Negros Occidental Map(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Anthony Jose Ayco, chief of Public Employment Services Office (PESO), said 2,000 youth hired under the Special Program for Employment of Students would plant 10,000 seedlings before the opening of classes in June.

Earlier this month, the City of Bacolod and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Negros Island Region (DENR-NIR) forged a partnership for the implementation of the five-year Bacolod City Urban Development Greening Program.

Ayco said the DENR would provide the seedlings and these would be delivered to the Bacolod Government Center on Friday.

He added that the youth hires would be assigned to various public schools to plant trees as part of the Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education.

Ayco said the youth would also conduct tree-planting activity at Abada-Escay relocation site in Barangay Vista Alegre.

They will plant the seedlings until June 2, he added.

Since this is a five-year program, the city government aims to plant 200,000 trees a year, Ayco said.

Under the agreement, both the City of Bacolod and the DENR-NIR will formulate a five-year Bacolod City Urban Development Greening Program Plan in support to the National Greening Program to achieve five objectives.

First, to establish a Barangay/City Park in all 61 barangays in Bacolod; second, stabilize all riverbanks through planting of different species of bamboo, fruit and forest trees; three, enhance the beauty of the city through planting/growing of ornamental plants and other fruit-bearing trees along the national highway, provincial and barangay roads;

Fourth, intensify public awareness through information and education campaign vis-à-vis the importance of biodiversity conservation, protection and rehabilitation of denuded areas as strategy in addressing climate change; and fifth, enhance and encourage public and private sectors and other stakeholder participation in the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the environment.(Nanette L. Guadalquiver/PNA)

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