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Over 900 bikers, hikers join BHP in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY (PIA) - -A total of 932 bikers and hikers joined in the first-ever Bike.Hike.Plant (BHP)+ 2022 here in Iloilo on June 25, 2022 in observance of the 159th Year of the Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day 2022.

On the other hand, some 1,338 seedlings of Narra, Tapuyay, Bagalunga, Iloilo Tree, Kansulog, Bagalunga, Ipil, Kamagong, and Balayong species were planted during the activity as recorded by the National Greening Program (NGP) team led by Forester Fred P. Canto.

The tree seedlings were sourced out from the Iloilo Provincial Nursery, CENRO Guimbal Nursery and Maasin Watershed Nursery.

B.H.P.+ 2022 was initiated by the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the NGP team of the DENR Region 6.  

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr., Maasin mayor Francis Amboy, DENR Assistant Secretary for Indigenous Peoples Affairs Jose B. Ong, FMB Director Tirso P. Parian, DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran and other DENR 6 key officials attended the event.

Bikers pedaled the total length of 31.9 kilometers from Esplanade 3 in Iloilo City 

down to the municipalities of Pavia, Sta. Barbara, Cabatuan and Maasin, Iloilo. A 15-minute hike was then made by all who went to the planting site inside the Reserve.

DENR 6’s field offices such as PENRO Antique and PENRO Iloilo also participated in the Bike.Hike.Plant+ 2022 which was one of the most memorable BHP events ever conducted by far with the strong support of seasoned bikers, newbies and enthusiasts who were either registered online or just waited on the road then bike-in with the group. 

After the group’s ride out from Esplanade 3, a short stop at a hydration station was made in the public plaza of every municipality where a Medic station staffed with a team from the Department of Health (DOH) was also available in case of emergencies.

The event was made more successful with the solid support from the local government units of Iloilo City, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, Cabatuan and Maasin. 

Pavia town’s best "baye-baye" delicacy was provided to all during the brief stop at their municipality, while Mayor Amboy generously provided lunch for all officials and others. The bikers and hikers were provided with packed lunch as well.

“Si Honorable Arthur Governor, Sr. ang unang nagbigay ng hudyat and we wanted to plant trees for the province. The greening of Iloilo– it started in Maasin Watershed. The issue [on deforestation] has evolved into a concrete intervention and what you see here now are the impacts of those activities and interventions,” said Duran in his message.(JBG/DENR 6/laf-PIA6-Iloilo)

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