Iloilo City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau VI (MGB VI) joined the Bike. Hike. Plant at Maasin Watershed Forest Reserve, Brgy. Daja, Maasin, Iloilo on June 25, 2022.
MGB VI joined in the Bike. Hike. Plant for Arbor Day at Maasin Watershed Forest Reserve
The DENR Forest Management Bureau has been organizing the Bike. Hike. Plant. (BHP) in different planting sites all over the country every year. DENR-FMB wanted to celebrate Arbor Day and the anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service through action and participation of the local government, bikers, host communities, and the vlogging community to drum-up more support toward initiatives in protecting and preserving forests.
This year, the DENR-Forest Management Bureau chose the province of Iloilo, particularly the Maasin Watershed at Brgy. Daja as planting site for the Bike. Hike. Plant+ activity. It also recognizes Iloilo City as the “Most Bike-friendly City’ in the Philippines” and a fitting venue for the green ride to kick-off.
DENR-Region 6 Director Livino Duran said the bike, hike, plant activity in the province of Iloilo marked the start of the regional celebration of the 159th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service.
The bike, hike and plant activity gathered bikers and volunteers at the Maasin Watershed where the launching of Iloilo’s “Tanum Iloilo sa Hunyo 2022,” a reforestation program of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. also took place.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Forest Management Bureau (FMB) extended gratitude to national and local partners, the Provincial Government of Iloilo and Local Government Units of Iloilo City, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, Cabatuan, and Maasin who supported the activity.
MGB VI Regional Director Raul A. Laput said that he fully supports the Bike. Hike. Plant activity. Planting trees and adopting forests is a vital component of environmental programs required in mining operations. There is the “Adopt-A-Mining-Forest-Program recognizing the best practices of mining companies in caring for forests, he said.