By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 19, 2019
PALO, Leyte – Due to the worsening effect of global warming brought by climate change, employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) throughout Eastern Visayas planted simultaneously 800 trees on Saturday as kick-off activity to the said agency’s commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation.
DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso encouraged the employees to lend a hand to help combat climate change and save mother earth by planting trees.
Employees of the DAR Regional and Leyte Provincial Offices joined forces in planting 600 “talisay” trees at the recommended beach forest of Barangay Salvacion in this town by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
Forester Michael Macalalag of CENRO emphasized at the site the proper way of planting the trees to the participants, as well as the proper disposal of plastic materials.
In Northern Samar, DAR employees planted 100 mangroves in Barangay Cawayan in Catarman; while 100 narra and mahogany trees were planted in Barangay Taytagan in Bontoc, Southern Leyte.
Meanwhile, DAR employees in Eastern Samar planted 150 narra trees in Barangay Calicoan situated in the City of Borongan. However, the activity was held one day ahead of the others.
DAR-EV kicked-off its two-week CARP anniversary celebration on June 15, the day Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), took effect 31 years ago, after said law was signed by then President Corazon Aquino on June 10 of the same year.
Further, Enciso also announced other activities lined-up in relation to the CARP anniversary celebration. According to her, a fun run will be held on June 22 to be participated in by line agencies, while on June 26, a three-day mini-trade fair will be opened at the DAR Regional Office compound featuring agricultural products, processed foods and handicrafts manufactured by agrarian reform beneficiary organizations all over the region. (with reports from Aileen Langomes, Clariza Estremera and Febe Marie Bersabal)