Church, IPs plant 2K trees in Palawan

Church, IPs plant 2K trees in Palawan

By Katya A. Santos

Nov. 22, 2018

Puerto Princesa City

The Vicariate of Puerto Princesa through the Augustinian Missionaries, with the help of Indigenous Peoples planted some 2,000 trees in two areas in Brookes Point Palawan from Nov. 19 to 20.

Bishop Socrates Mesiona led the two-day planting activity in Sagpake’n and Bayog village with the aim of planting 10,000 trees in the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape.

“This is the response of our local church to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. We are all called to do our part in taking care of our common home,” said the prelate.

10k trees

Mesiona is positive that with the help of the IP communities the target of 10,000 trees is doable.

The planting areas are not less than 700 meters above sea level, requiring more than an hour of jungle trekking.

Launched August this year, the planting will continue year-round until the target is reached.

Plant-a-tree-for-food

Bishop Mesiona explained that the project is more than just an environmental project, it also serves as livelihood.

“We give 10 pesos to the IPs for every endemic tree that they planted,” he said.

IP community leader of Sagpake’n, Joselito Lindaman has thanked the Church for the project.

“This is a big help for us, everyday we can be sure that we have something to buy food,” he said in the vernacular.

On Laudato Si

Prior to the tree-planting activity, the Vicariate’s Social Action Center in partnership with some civil society organizations, conducted an ecology forum.

Some 150 individuals participated in the one-day forum held at Holy Trinity University.

At the said event, Mesiona re-echoed salient points from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.