Greening Paoay sand dunes

Greening Paoay sand dunes


LAOAG CITY, Aug. 13— Paoay town officials and employees along with various government and non-government organizations visited the Paoay sand dunes on Saturday as they planted barren areas with agoho trees and other indigenous trees.

Armed with planting tools such shovels, potting soil, and long plastic lines to guide the planters, Mayor Jessie Galano led the tree planting in an effort to enhance the picturesque sand dunes.

Agoho trees naturally grow in some hilly areas of the Paoay sand dunes where tourists enjoy an extreme ride adventure and sand boarding.

Galano said they plan to plant more trees in the area not only to beautify its cinematic landscape but also to preserve its environment.

Participated by the Liga ng mga Barangay, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Guardians Heritage Chapter, Armed Forces of the Philippines reservists, Deltans Tumba riders and Metro Bank employees, the tree-planting activity hopes to inspire more people to care for the environment where they draw livelihood.

The once barren Paoay sand dunes, a unique land form of about 85 square kilometers covering the town of Paoay and extending up north to Laoag, has become one of the major tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte with the birth of 4×4 off-road vehicle riding, sand boarding and sand boarding.