Massive tree planting in San Roque launched

TO minimize the impact of global warming, the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) Watershed Management Department and San Roque Watershed Management Team launched a massive tree planting, forest protection and conservation and preservation of the biodiversity program in the San Roque Watershed Reservation area.

Ofelia Rovillos, Community Relations Officer of Watershed Area Team said, the ultimate goal to the series of symposium with the students of Pangasinan State University (PSU) Sta. Maria and Benguet State University (BSU) is to raise awareness among stakeholders and the youth to protect the San Roque Watershed from irresponsible mining, forest fire and to protect the biodiversity of the endangered species in the conservation of the forest.

She said ignorance and indifference threaten the biodiversity of the watershed reservation area.

The San Roque Watershed Reservation area has a total area of 9,500 hectares, encompassing the provinces of Pangasinan and Benguet.
The San Roque Watershed protects the irrigation component, power generation and flood control of the National Power Corporation.

The watershed area team has formed a volunteer group from the community to join the protection and rehabilitation of the forest through tree planting.

Rovillos said the program is not a one-event activity. “It’s not just tree planting because we encourage them to return and make sure that the trees have grown well and will be asked to plant again,” she added.

The team also encourage stakeholders and students to gather seeds of indigenous species of trees like molave, lawaan, palusipis and submit these for propagation in their nursery for the tree planting project.

Of the 9,500 hectares of watershed area, there are 2,000 hectares open for planting.

During the symposium, Gregorio De Vera, chief meteorologist of PAGASA Dagupan explained the importance of awareness of climate change and the need to protect the watershed in order to protect its biodiversity and lessen the effect of global warming. (Nora Dominguez/PIA-Pangasinan)