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TACLOBAN CITY, Aug. 10 (PNA) — With the success of the last Oplan Broadcastreeing project on September 2013, the partnership of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold another tree planting activity with 3,000 Talisay seedlings to be planted on August 15.

The beach reforestation activity will be held in the town of Tolosa, Leyte, particularly the beach fronts of Tanghas and Telegrafo villages covering four hectares.

The Talisay (scientific name: terminalia catappa) are large tropical trees good in sandy and loamy soil and has high water resistance. It is good for shade and prevents soil erosion.

According to Myles Colasito, DILG regional information officer and focal person of Oplan Broadcastreeing, the last tree planting activity was held at the two-hectare mangrove forest in Malibago village, Babatngon, Leyte which they planted with propagules on September 2013.

Hermie Songalia, KBP chairperson in Eastern Visayas, said Biliran province will hold its tree planting activity on August 18 while Ormoc City will hold it on August 22 to coincide with the city Arbor Day.

The other local government units have yet to finalize their respective schedules.

DENR forester Wilfredo Lacambra said that 2,500-3,000 seedlings are targeted to be planted in Tolosa at five-seedlings for each volunteer.

OPLAN Broadcastreeing participants bringing bolos and their seedings.
OPLAN Broadcastreeing participants bringing bolos and their seedings.

The tree planting activity hopes to draw 500 volunteers to achieve its target trees planted.

The local government units and the villages covering the tree planting activity are tapped to operationalize the maintenance of the planted area.

Tolosa is one of the badly devastated municipalities when super typhoon Yolanda struck the archipelago on November 8, 2013. The Tadjao Beach Resort and the Department of Agrarian Reform office were among the structures flattened during the calamity at Tanghas village, the proposed area of beach reforestation.

The Tacloban Chamber Volunteers under the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Philippine Red Cross Leyte chapter will provide medical teams and ambulance. (PNA)
JBP/SQM/VICKY C. ARNAIZ

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