CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A 10-hectare tree park for “indigenous tree species” would be cultivated in the outskirts southeast of this trading capital to showcase the native trees in the country.
Edgardo Callanta, head of the Provincial Environment Resources Office (PENRO) in Misamis Oriental, said the planned tree park would be located in the Mapawa Nature Park in outskirt village in Cugman, southeast of the city.
In an interview Tuesday, Callanta said environmental officials and stakeholders in Misamis Oriental province and Cagayan De Oro City intend to plant thousands of “indigenous tree species” on the park on October 3.
He said that the seedlings are now available at the PENRO office in the outskirt village of Malasag in Cugman. Among these seedlings are lawaan, tanguili, bagtikan, red wawaan, kalingaw, kalumpit, and talisay gubat, all dipterocarp (a family of genera and species of mainly tropical lowland rainforest trees).
These dipterocarps are very hard to reproduce since it would bear flowers only at the age of 17 to 18 years, he said.
Callanta said the seedlings came from the forest of the mountain villages in Minalwang, Urika, and Hindangon, all of the city of Gingoog, east of Misamis Oriental.
The other seedlings also came from the central town of Claveria in Misamis Oriental and the coastal town of Initao in Misamis Oriental’s west coast, he said.
Callanta said cultivating an “indigenous tree park” would provide a glimpse of native trees that grow in the rainforest in the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The park would also serve as an educational site for students and the common people to remind them that there still exist thousands of “native trees” that grow in the forest in our country, Callanta said.
He said that the proposed “indigenous park” hopes would inculcate in the minds of the people, especially the younger generation, the awareness to protect and preserve the forest for the future generation.