MAINIT, Surigao del Norte–Migrants and residents of Mainit, Surigao del Norte led by the online facebook group, Mainitnon Gihapon, in collaboration with Barangay Queazon officials joined hands recently in planting more than 600 bangkal trees along the Bitan-ag area of Lake Mainit shore.
Barangay captain and a tree enthusiast Gaudencio Mondano, who has extensive experience on reforestation in Papua New Guinea, pushed the lake shore reforestation as one of the barangay’s top priority development agenda.
The barangay named this as the Panayakpan Ecopark project.
With a convincing proposal, and armed with evidence from the previous tree planting experiments that both bangkal and susot trees are guobesitant which means they can survive in long term flooding, the Philippine Red Cross granted a P300,000 seed fund for the establishment of a barangay nursery and planting of additional trees. By end of 2014, the barangay has planted almost a thousand trees spanning around two kilometers of lake shore from Barangay Quezon to the neighboring Barangay Mabini.
Members of Mainitnon Gihapon have suggested that this project be sustained in the coming years with the hope that fellow Mainitnons will realize the importance of trees in the lake’s ecosystem, and the neighboring lakeshore towns will replicate barangay Quezon’s success. (Zimmbodilion Peter Mosende, MG member/PIA-Caraga)