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Orani reforests Tala watershed.

Orani, Bataan -- To maintain its tag as the remaining watershed in the province, Mayor Benjie Serrano, Jr. revealed yesterday that more tree planting activities along this highest barangay where Mount Natib is located will be undertaken by the municipality.

Serrano also cited the reforestation program undertaken recently by the Orani Water District (OWD) in upland Tala watershed area where they planted thousands of trees around Mt. Natib.

Serrano said that since Barangay Tala is fast becoming a tourist attraction with the sprouting of mountain resorts and hotels such as the Vista and Sinagtala, both funded and operated by private individuals, there is a need to maintain its atmosphere as virgin forest and watershed.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said: "Mt.Natib is the highest summit in the entire Natib Caldera System in the Bataan Natural Park, a dormant volcano with an elevation of 1,253 meters above sea level (masl). It lies between the larger Old Caldera and the smaller Pasukulan Caldera and represents the latest of the volcanic edifice to develop in the area. The slope is characterized by very steep forested slope. Mossy forest characterized by small-stunted trees occurs approaching the peak. The peak is covered by a small patch of grassland. Also found are boulders with inscribed names of American expeditionary forces that climbed the peak way back the 1930s."

Recently, the Orani water district personnel led by its general manager Benni Andres, together with the PNP, students, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire and Protection, religious groups like Knight of Columbus and Mothers of Mary, employees of local companies, municipal officers and employees, barangay officials, environmentalists and common folk planted trees, an environmental commitment by the water supply company which is now on its fourth year stage of planting.

The activity planted 39,000 seedlings in the Tala watershed area over the past four years.

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Title Annotation:Provincial
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Date:Sep 14, 2015
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