Success of 4th Cordillera Challenge to bear fruit

MORE than a thousand new trees will be planted around the deforested area of the Cordillera a month after telecommunications giant Globe's successful staging of the 4th Globe Cordillera Challenge.

Mountain-biker JP Alipio, the executive director of the Cordillera Conservation Trust Inc., bared they are already preparing to plant a total of 30,000 seedlings from the first nursery before the current year ends.

“The first planting will be on June 12 in Balili, La Trinidad. That’s many more series of tree planting,” said Alipio, while stressing Globe Cordillera Challenge was able to put up 20 other plant nurseries in different schools in the area.

“Each nursery has about two thousand seedlings so I guess we can plant around 30 to 40 thousand this year,” he added.

More than 500 mountain bike enthusiasts answered the challenge last May 4 by participating in a backbreaking 65-kilometer ride around the most rugged yet scenic sites in the Cordillera, traversing around the famed Ambuklao dam.

National team applicant Xy James Dacayanan, 17, topped the event dubbed as cycling’s answer to marathon’s fun run for the second straight year. 

“Masaya nga po kasi nasubukan ko na ang lakas ko sa bike, nailapit pa ako sa paniniwala na kailangan na ring protektahan ang mga kagubatan,” said Dacayanan, a resident of Gibraltar in Baguio city.

Alipio said that since the Globe event was held, several other big companies have approached them at Cordillera Conservation Trust to volunteer in the endeavor of reforestation.

He likewise bared Globe has already pledged to put up this year 30 more plant nurseries to nurture 60,000 more seedlings.

Globe corporate communications director Jocel de Guzman assured of the company’s unwavering support to preserve the environment.

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