Some two hundred (200) Kamagong (Diospyros strigose) seedlings and one hundred (100) Kawayan Tinik (Bambusa blumeana) propagules were planted at Mt. Masaraga, Amtic, Ligao City on March 21, 2021 in celebration the 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF).

The planting was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) in collaboration with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Albay led by OIC, PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Guinobatan led by OIC, CENR Officer, Narisol C. Divina and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ligao represented by Ms. Loida Iglesia and Camp Site owner, Mr. Joel Ducante.

PENRO Arena imparted to the participants their crucial role in the protection and preservation of the environment, most importantly in this time of pandemic. He encouraged everyone to plant not just forest trees but also fruit-bearing trees and vegetables to have a sustainable supply of immune-boosting foods. 

Meanwhile, the OIC ARD for Technical Services, Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop also calls for more local volunteers and organizers of environmental activities to be more active in many environmental endeavors in the community.

This year’s theme, “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” emphasizes on how restoration and sustainable management of forests can help address climate change and biodiversity crisis. The DENR Bicol celebrates the IDF to raise awareness on the importance of forest preservation and encourages citizens to undertake local efforts, organize and support Tree Planting activities and other campaigns toward protection and revival of ecosystems in the Region.