Alaminos Diocese plans to plant 200,000 trees

May 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment


ALAMINOS CITY – The Diocese of Alaminos will launch on Saturday (April 25) the “IPlant Movement” at the St. Joseph Parish hall, a project aimed at planting 200,000 trees in the areas covered by the diocese in western Pangasinan.

In a statement, Msgr. Rey Jose Ragudos, head of the diocese, said the environmental activity will involve 20 parishes and a seminary, and will initially plant acacia mangium in identified locations of more than 20 hectares in the diocese.

Each parish in the diocese is committed to plant at least 2,000 seedlings per month starting July to August this year and end the year with some 200,000 trees planted.

“By planting as many trees possible, we are creating a modern forest as a sustainable resource, ideal for families and communities,” Ragudos said.

The project is coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other national and international stakeholders in Germany and Switzerland

The movement has started capacity building, readying the seedlings to be planted, enjoining members of the parish pastoral councils, and soon, students and professional organizations to join in the reforestation.

”We are all responsible for our environment. We depend on it because it is God-given to provide us the necessary sustenance for living. Global warming and climate change are manifesting their negative effects on our health, environment and balance of nature. Now is the time to act. We have seen enough denuded mountains, rivers running dry, landslides and erosions resulting to dislocation, flooding and calamities, what we can do through the iPlant movement should benefit our generation, the next generation and beyond,” Ragudos added.

The iPlant Movement’s medium-term target of more than one million trees planted in five years has a corresponding budget target of P20 million pesos sourced out from advocates, stakeholders and volunteers.

The basic philosophy of the iPlant Movement is embodied in 3 Es – education, environment and entrepreneurship. Education – to spread the urgent need to reforest; Environment – to immediately act to “save the earth” and “walk the talk,” and Entrepreneurship – for the planters and farmers who will be full-time in raring the trees until they can be of commercial or industrial use.

But aside from reforestation, the iPlant Movement also sees to it that illegal logging, illegal quarrying, illegal fishing and illegal mining are discouraged and reported to authorities.

The Diocese of Alaminos includes the parishes of: Alaminos City, Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Salasa (Bugallon), Labrador, Sual, Alos (Alaminos), Mabini, Burgos, Pogoruac (Burgos), Dasol, Eguia (Dasol), Infanta, Agno, Bani, Bolinao, Santiago Island (Bolinao), Zaragoza (Bolinao), Anda, and the St. Joseph College Seminary (Brgy. Makatiw, Alaminos).

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