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PHILIPPINES: Church In Palawan Aims To Plant 10K Trees

In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, the Vicariate of Puerto Princesa is set to plant 10,000 trees in a protected landscape in South Palawan. “Let us take care of our common home.” said Bishop Socrates Mesiona, Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Princesa.

Spearheaded by the Augustinian Missionaries of the Philippines IPs Mission (AMP IM), the greening project in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) kicked off August of this year.

According to Sr. Mae Juanitas of AMP IM, the Church implements the project through the help of the Palawan ethnic group in Brookes Point town, with support from the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), the Palawan NGO Network, Inc., and other civil society organizations.

“During our launching, we planted some 200 endemic trees in the mountain. This planting is continuous until we reach our target in one year,” the missionary sister said.  

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