By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN
SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur––Putting the words they broadcast in the air into real action to show that they really mean what they say in their crusade to save the environment.With this in mind, local broadcast journalists in the neighboring provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur simultaneously led the collaborative massive planting of trees and mangroves yesterday morning in the environmentally disturbed areas.
The activity spearheaded by members of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur Chapter was part of the annual simultaneous nationwide tree planting activity dubbed as KBP Oplan Broadcastreeing 2016.
At least four areas in the neighboring provinces where it is already denuded by or critically endangered were planted by close to a thousand KBP members, students, policemen and Army soldiers. About 4,000 dipterocarp tree species and mangroves were planted in the identified watershed areas and shoreline to resuscitate its natural vegetation.
KBP leaders have committed the tree planting activity would not be just a cosmetic showcase since the students who consist the biggest bulk of participants were briefed thoroughly the proper way of planting a tree and mangrove seedlings with the help of forestry experts.
Max Tutor, KBP Chapter president and station manager of DXSF 96.1 FM in this town, said all local broadcasters have agreed that the activity should be sustained until the trees and mangroves will survive that those who joined are obliged to visit the area after three months and if possible replace the seedlings that died.
In San Francisco, some 300 college students, planted at least two seedlings of mahogany, acacia, lauan and African tulip in the sloppy portion of Mt. Magdiwata Watershed with the help of foresters from the local environment offices and San Francisco Water District.
Each KBP member led some five students in the planting of trees to the area with a guided bamboo stick to ensure the ideal three meter distance for every seedling to survive since there have been sad experiences in the past when students just made fun and some just stumped on the planting materials.
Tutor said there is a 100 percent survival rate of the trees they planted in these areas in the last three years as they commended the San Francisco Water District for their big role in sustaining the environmental activity.
In Bayugan City, some 1,000 students, police , military, civic radio groups joined the massive tree planting activity in the denuded watershed area in the mountain village of Pinagalaan. Alfredo Plaza, KBP chapter vice president and station manager of DXDA AM 927 KHZ, led the activity.
In Tandag City , Judith Suarez, station manager of SURE FM, led in the planting of mangroves in the fishing village of Burgos in neighboring Cortes town. Some 70 participants joined in the tree planting in the shoreline of which mangroves were destroyed by a strong typhoon.
In Bislig City, Rona Oma, station manager of Radyo Natin FM, spearheaded the tree planting activity in the endangered hinterlands of the old and abandoned logging concession area of the defunct Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines, once touted as the biggest paper making company in Asia.
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