DAGUPAN CITY: Some 1,000 coconut seedlings were planted by the city government on June 24 in the coastal area of the island village of Pugaro, some four kilometers away by boat from mainland Dagupan City.
Mayor Belen Fernandez spearheaded the coconut planting activity which is part of the city’s Climate Mitigation Program seeking to provide natural protection to the island village from strong gale winds and even storms coming from the Lingayen Gulf.
It also aims to provide source of food and livelihood to the residents especially because there is not enough local,coconuts around anymore that could be tapped to sustain the once thriving “bucayo” (coconut candy) industry of Dagupan.
The activity was joined by officials of Barangay Pugaro led by village chieftain Ador Bancod and members of the community, including senior citizens.
Mayor Fernandez thanked school pupils and students of the Pugaro Integrated School for lending their hands to the coconut planting activity which aims to secure their villages from the vagaries of nature on account of the climate change.
Similar coconut planting activities are slated by the city government at the beachfront of Tondaligan Park in Barangay Bonuan Gueset with the help of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) which vowed to provide the needed seedlings. PNA