GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government will launch another round of massive coastal cleanup activities and planting of trees and mangroves in line with the celebration of the Environment Month.
Valiente Lastimoso, head of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, said Friday they are targeting to mobilize hundreds of volunteers for the lined up activities scheduled within the month.
Lastimoso said the tree planting on June 17 to June 20 will cover portions of the city's circumferential or diversion road.
"We will be planting mahogany tree seedlings and bougainvillea plants along the roadsides from Barangay Mabuhay to Conel roads," he said in a media forum.
Lastimoso said they will lead a watershed tree growing on June 21 in Purok Balakayo, Barangay Olympog. Other activities include the Buayan riverbank rehabilitation in Barangay Batomelong on June 14 as well as mangrove planting and coastal cleanup in Barangay Bula, Baluan and Buayan on June 29.
The city government will also hold the 1st GenSan Urban Biodiversity and Urban Bird Fair on June 18 to 19 at the Plaza Heneral Santos.
Lastimoso said they have invited private companies, national government agencies, non-government organizations, local government offices, and other sectors to participate in the coastal cleanup and tree planting activities.
Cenro personnel have been planting and growing three seedlings year-round as part of the city's continuing tree growing program, which is aimed at addressing pollution and the impact of climate change, he said.
Since 1997, he said the local government has already facilitated the planting of around 700,000 trees in parts of the city.
"Our goal is to plant a total of one million trees by 2020 and we are optimistic in achieving that," he added. (PNA)