AFP troops join tree planting activities in Mindanao

October 19, 2009 11:16 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 20 – Troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) help the government’s tree planting program in Mindanao in an effort to mitigate the effect of global warming and climate change.

The tree planting activity on Monday was spearheaded by Maj. Gen. Reynaldo B. Mapagu, commanding general of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division.

The initial salvo of their participation occurred at the Mindanao’s tallest slope of Mt. Apo in Southern Mindanao.

Soldiers braved the cold weather and the fatigue of climbing the county’s highest peak to plant trees.

Gen. Mapagu led his troops in planting 50 Tinikaran trees on the slope of Mt. Apo to help strengthen the soil and avoid landslide usually occurring on the steep parts of the mountain. Tinikaran is a plant specie endemic in the area.

Soldiers also conducted a clean-up drive dubbed as “Operation Pulot” to remove non-biodegradable materials in the area.

Gen. Mapagu told the contingents and soldiers securing Mt. Apo and the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) Hydro power plant site “This trek to plant trees and clean-up Mt. Apo symbolizes the highest aspiration of our soldiers to genuinely protect the environment. In climbing the peak, we showed that nothing is insurmountable as we truly serve the people by any means possible.” (PNA)

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