LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 14 (PNA) -- Walking five kilometers away from the Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 5 headquarters in Barangay Bogtong to upland Barangay Pawa here, more than 4,000 tree-loving Legazpenos joined the 9th "Lakad Tanim Kahoy para sa Puso" on Valentine’s Day here.
Instead of spending their time with their loved ones with balloons, chocolates and flowers, the participants planted 4,000 seedlings in Pawa, one of the villages within the eight-kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano where lahar flow is being feared.
Salve Corral, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources head, said this area at the foot of Mayon Volcano is considered as the favorite destination of tourists looking for adventure as it is the perfect location for lava dome trekking, motor sports and all-terrain vehicle rides.
The Lakad-Tanim is an annual activity being initiated by the Legazpi City government in line with its reforestation and environmental programs by encouraging people to plant and care for more trees.
Corral said that aside from helping the programs of the government in environmental protection, those who participated also helped themselves to become more fit.
"Aside from planting, we joined the brisk walking activity through the slopes and uphill area of Legazpi and somehow we reminded the participants the importance of physical fitness for a healthy living," she said.
Corral said they consistently prefer to plant in the slopes of Mayon since some of the trees were damaged due to volcanic debris and boulders from the volcano.
"I can't remember how many times we've planted in that area; like this day, we saw some of the small trees have been damaged, especially in the gullies and river channels of Mayon," she said.
The local government also invited different government agencies and civil society organizations. (PNA) RMA/FGS/AMM/CBD/ssc