Sunday, July 18, 2010

800 Trees Planted by Army Soldiers in Isarog Watershed

Cause-oriented Bicolanos and 9ID soldiers joined hands and participated in tree-planting activity in Mt. Isarog to protect its watershed. (Photos by Major HM Cabunoc (Inf) PA)

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Army soldiers ascended the slopes of Mt Isarog to plant trees in its watershed yesterday, a military official said.

LtCol Erwin De Asis, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of the 9th Infantry Division, said that at least 100 soldiers participated in the tree-planting activity which was also attended by representatives from CENRO-Camarines Sur, villagers and NGOs.

“We planted at least 800 trees as part of the Army’s efforts in environmental protection. This is also done in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month,” De Asis added.

Located about 5kms from Camp Elias Angeles of the Philippine Army, Mt Isarog is the main watershed for Naga City and Pili town.

Several NGOs and government agencies had been exerting efforts to protect this 10,000hectare watershed which has a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Considered by volcanologists as an inactive volcano, it rises in the heart of Camarines Sur. It is also the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon.

The lush forests of Mt Isarog also serves as the site for the Army’s jungle and mountain operations training every year.

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