MANILA, Philippines - The government must seriously pursue its greening program and restore our much-needed forest cover.
This would ensure ecological balance and national survival as against a bleak scenario offered by unchecked massive forest denudation.
Recent disasters point to forest destruction as the main reason for soil erosion and landslides in various parts of the country.
Trees will save us from such troubles, including global warming.
It is heartening to note that the Aquino administration has set aside P7 billion for reforestation.
Let the greening of the country's watersheds go full blast.
President Aquino III says the budgetary allocation and subsequent tree-planting will improve watersheds for sustainable use, including the operation of hydroelectric power plants.
Yes to the revitalization of watersheds for beneficial use.
The sustainable management of watersheds will likewise increase the incomes of local government units and communities, adds Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
Yes to protection from disasters to income generation.
For its part, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) vows to raise some 114 million seedlings to be planted in over 200,000 hectares of land this year.
Yes, make seedlings readily available for distribution and planting.
DENR Secretary Ramon Paje says that native tree species will be used as they are well adapted to local conditions and are readily available for propagation.
Yes to native and productive tree species.
Sen. Loren Legarda also calls for greater government-business sector cooperation in the re-grenning of the countryside.
The country might as well adopt a timely battlecry: Let a million trees bloom!