FMB Celebrates 155th Anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service

The Forest Management Bureau celebrated the 155th year of the Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day through a tree planting activity entitled, “Intayon Agmula (Tayo’y Magtanim),” held on June 22, 2018 at the Agoo-Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape in Agoo, La Union.

In his welcome message, FMB Director Nonito Tamayo told the colourful history of the Philippine Forestry Service, which began in 1863, when the Inspeccion General de Montes, or literally, Philippine Forestry Service, was established. He mentioned how the past trends of forest utilization in the Spanish period until the 1960s focused on timber production to meet the high demand of timber both locally and abroad. This has shifted since the establishment of the current Forest Management Bureau, which is tasked to recommend policies and programs for the effective development, protection, and management of forestlands and watersheds.

A message from Sangguniang Bayan Member Hon. Antonio Eslao emphasized that in the current times, the need for forest protection is as important as reforestation and restoration activities. Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis, who delivered the keynote speech of Secretary Cimatu during the event, mentioned that this is exactly the thrust of the programs of the DENR, with the enhancement of the National Greening Program until 2028 and the strengthening of the National Forest Protection Program.

The tree planting activity was done amidst the lush flora and fauna of the Agoo – Damortis Protected Landscape and Seascape. As a symbol of the Philippine Forestry Service anniversary, 155 agoho and bitaog seedlings were planted by representatives from national and local government agencies such as the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard, the provincial and municipal government of La Union and Agoo, and officials of the DENR.

To close the event, DENR Regional Director Reynulfo Juan highlighted the gravity of celebrating Arbor Day, that tree planting activities will also happen not only in Region 1, but in the whole country. And if only more Filipinos would plant more trees, we would soon be able to solve our environmental problems and regain our rich forest cover.
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