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WORKINGMOM

FEBRUARY 2014

Create a life that works for you

Volume 1

NGO urges public to collect, propagate seeds to create native tree forests in CV By Vicky F. Jadol

C

EBU CITY, January 31

of

(PIA) -- As part of the

“The

GREENIN Philippines Program, a

flashfloods

and

primary

landslides.

importance

hence,

these

demands

have

of

significantly reduced the number

trees in the ecosystem is to

of trees in the forests, she noted.

Cebu-based NGO, Ramon

One way to address

Aboitiz Foundation, Inc

this is to collect and

(RAFI) calls on the public

propagate seeds, which

to collect and propagate

are considered “the next

seeds to contribute to the

generation of forests,”

creation of native tree

Alensonorin

forests in Central Visayas.

Alensonorin said that

Executive director of the

it is equally important

Integrated Development

for people to know not

Nature at its best...

unit of the Ramon Aboitiz

added.

only the names of the

Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Rowena

reduce carbon dioxide in the

native trees but also how to collect

Alensonorin

atmosphere,

soil

the seeds and germinate them.

pointed

out

the

and

prevent

urgent need to replace trees cut

erosion,”

noted.

The scarcity of this knowledge might

down for construction purposes

For many people, they see trees

have led to the proliferation of exotic

after some parts of the country

as beneficial for building houses,

experienced

furniture, tools, and for firewood;

the

tragic

effects

Alensonorin

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tree species, such as mahogany, public.

collects seeds and wildlings (seeds

gmelina, and ipil-ipil that are now

that germinated underneath or

Producing quality trees starts from

growing in our forests,” she stated. the quality of seeds germinated.

near the mother tree) all over the

If this will continue, Alensonorin

These seeds must only come from

Visayas region.

explained

healthy mother trees or those trees

The nursery is also willing to

we

will

not

only

lose these animals, but also our that bear fruits and produce seeds,

receive seeds and seedlings from

highly valued trees such as narra, she said.

people who would like to donate.

lauan, and mangkono that have Germinated seeds should be nur-

According to RAFI the nursery

been valued here and abroad for

has an exising 150,000 seedlings

their

toughness

and

tured in a well-managed tree nurs-

strength. ery that provides a suitable area for

of 212 native tree species and is

“Our forests should be mainly

these seeds to grow into plantable

located in Barangay Busay, Cebu

composed of indigenous trees to

seedlings for use in reforestation

City.(mbcn/hfg/PIA-7 & RAFI)

provide food and habitat to our

initiatives, Alensonorin shared.

native animals,” she urged the

The RAFI Native Trees Nursery

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ife and nature are similar concepts because nature is the study of how life acts and interacts within the circle of existence. When we take the time to examine the beauty of the world around us, we are able to see parallels within our own lives. One who is attuned with nature is attuned with the practice of living. All of nature moves in a spiral as do our personal lives. It is important to February 2014 WORKINGMOM

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