BAMBOO PLANTING Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel and volunteers take part in a bamboo-planting activity along the Bamban River in Tarlac. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
BAMBAN, Tarlac: To boost reforestation in the province of Tarlac, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) planted about 230 bamboo seedlings along Bamban River.
A total 3,600-square meter portion of Bamban River was covered in the tree-planting undertaking.
The department noted that several activities were conducted in preparation for the activity.
“The DENR has regularly conducted clean-up activities in collaboration with partner agencies and the 40 estero rangers deployed in the area who collected an average of about 14,500 kilos of waste daily,” Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office head Celia Esteban said.
The clean-up activities conducted in the region this year have yielded 140,000 tons of waste materials.
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DENR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno Jr. said planting bamboo is essential in the improvement of rivers, noting that roots of such grass are a good source of ensuring safer soil stability against erosion.
“Planting bamboos is a crucial component of rehabilitating denuded forest areas, facilitating rapid recovery of river easements and stabilizing river banks, particularly in Manila Bay areas in Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac,” he said.
Since 2019, about 141,000 kilometer-stretch of river systems have been planted with 38,390 bamboo plants.