Tree nurturing launch in Davao city with PCSO, DENR, and PEP

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DAVAO CITY — On Saturday, July 17, over 300 fully grown trees in a container were distributed throughout the city in an effort to create a green city, thanks to a collaboration between the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and PEP Philippines Inc.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Royina M. Garma in her speech said “The PCSO is not just a game, it plays a pivotal role in regreening the country. We are happy the Filipinos patronize our games in that way we can share more for our local government units and fund for environmental projects.”

The PCSO, according to Garma can help sustain the project all over the country as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility “It can be replicated and can cascade in various areas in the country and we are willing to partner with the local government units and the DENR and PEP.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel Evasco who dubbed the activity as tree nurturing said, growing trees in an urban city can be done through a container since it will not eat up spaces but it will be of great help to the environment .

“Everyone has to play a role to clean the air, nurture trees even if we live in an urban city,” Evasco added.

He said 300 fully grown trees were distributed “will be nurtured by individuals and establishments to ensure that they are properly taken cared of because they are grown up and stable before we released them.”

A container weighs 300 kilos with fertile soil beneath.

The PCSO spent about P900,000 on the project from the container to fertilizer “We are amazed at the initiative of PEP, it is the brainchild of Mr. Andrew and we are supporting it because we want to help their effort to regreen and grow trees inside an urban city.”

As trees grow, they help absorb and sink the carbon that would otherwise contribute to global heating.

A tree captures the carbon dioxide and it will help in absorbing store carbon from the soil.

Planting trees can help fight climate change as they use sunlight energy to do photosynthesis – a process that uses carbon dioxide and water to create energy (glucose) for their cells. In the end, trees end up feeding themselves with the carbon we desperately need to avoid getting to the atmosphere.

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