At least 40,000 trees have been planted by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at the 73-hectare San Mateo landfill in Barangay Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal.
MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez said the number is almost half of the total 100,000 trees the agency hopes to plant.
Jimenez said the tree-planting is part of the agency’s contribution to the government’s National Greening Program which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land within five years.
The landfill has been idle since 2000, planting trees one is one of the measures to prevent soil erosion.
The facility opened to accept garbage from residents of Metro Manila in 1991.
The MMDA has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for a sustained tree-planting activity in the area.
The MMDA and DENR and their partners from NGOs and civil society organizations aim to plant at least 100,000 saplings until December.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO