DAGUPAN CITY — Close to two weeks after planting 1,000 coconuts at Tondaligan Park on August 3, the Dagupan City government led by Mayor Belen Fernandez planted another 1,000 coconut seedlings in the shoreline of the island barangay of Pugaro on Friday (August 12).
This raised to 2,000 the number of new coconut seedlings planted by the city only this month, adding to the 3,000 already planted last year in the two coastal areas of Dagupan.
Mayor Fernandez said they intend to plant 5,000 coconuts more in these areas over the next next three years in order to complete their target of 10,000.
The coconut seedlings were sourced out by the city of Dagupan from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
Fernandez thanked personnel of various government agencies and non-governmental organizations who again joined forces with the city government in this new coconut planting activity.
These are the Dagupan Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, PNP Maritime Group, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Lions Club, Philippine Health Insurance Corporarion (PhilHealth), Boy Scouts of tne Phililpines, Barangay Council of Pugaro and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).
The mayor said the planting of coconuts in both Pugaro and Tondaligan Park is part of the disaster preparedness program of the city government as the trees will help mitigate the impact of storm surge and tsunami emanating from the Lingayen Gulf.
She also said once the coconuts will bear fruits in a few years, and these will be the source of inexhaustible raw materials for such industries as “pastillas” and “bucayo” (coconut candy) for which Dagupan City is famous for, and therefore a big boon to the livelihood of the people. PNA/northboundasia.com