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Sta. Marcela, Apayao launches Forest Library at Bacut Lake

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Sta. Marcela, Apayao – Locals and tourists visiting Bacut Lake Tourism Complex and Nature Park in Santa Marcela can now instantly tell what species of trees are planted in the area.

In a statement, Mayor Evelyn Martinez said this is one way to raise awareness among locals and visitors on the importance of trees, their species, and their scientific names.

“Maganda na nai-push ang pagkakaroon ng forest library para maging aware ang mga tao sa mga klase ng puno dito sa Bacut Lake at kung gaano sila kaimportante," related Martinez further explaining that more information will be added to the forest library as having knowledge of the trees and what they are used for and what they contribute to the environment shall add appreciation in conserving them and in planting more trees.

“Kahit saan nakikita natin ang epekto ng Climate change at ang epekto ng deforestation at illegal logging. Dito sa Sta. Marcela tuloy-tuloy ang environmental awareness at conservation para may maipamana naman kami sa susunod na henerasyon,” said the Mayor.

The launching of the Forest Library on June 19, 2023, is part of the town’s 56th Founding Anniversary and 19th Balangkoy Festival celebration

Through the project, trees in the park were given a tag bearing their details so people can easily know their age, specie, family, and scientific name with just a glance.

Supervising Administrative Officer Oscar T. Ramos elaborated that the Forest Library was pushed through by the Sta. Marcela local government for educational purposes.

Adding to the current trees at the lake, 120 saplings – ornamental bamboo, agoho, molave, and tibbeg were planted on the same day by the LGU headed by Mayor Evelyn Martinez, Vice Mayor Rolly Guiang, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Cordillera led by Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo.


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