Care for Biodiversity: Planting Our Native Trees

Native trees are those that naturally grow in a certain region such as a habitat type, an island, or a country. They grow and adapt well to the conditions of that defined region thereby making them more productive than exotic trees (i.e., imported/introduced trees). Furthermore, certain animal species that are also native to our country (e.g. Philippine Eagle, Philippine Eagle-Owl, etc) prefer native trees as their home.  In this regard, it is encouraged that native trees (e.g. Alibangbang, Kalumpit, Yakal) be planted instead of exotic ones (e.g.Mahogany) to bring back not only our native flora but also the dear homes of our native fauna, thus a more prosperous native biodiversity. ♥

NatSci 5 (Environmental Biology) students on their way to the La Mesa Watershed forest to plant native trees. 

Due to vast deforestation in current times, government agencies & organizations such as DENR & Haribon Foundation, respectively, have shown efforts in reviving Philippine forests. This coincides with the  National Greening Program spearheaded by President Noynoy Aquino which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land from 2011 to 2016.

Know more about native trees and their importance in sustaining biodiversity! Here's a 6-minute video of our group in Environmental Biology class under Prof. Sedricke Lapuz as we ventured the low-altitude forests of La Mesa Watershed and planted 300 native seedlings of Kalumpit tree with the help of DENR-NCR. 


Care For Biodiversity: Planting Our Native Trees from Sandra Ganzo on Vimeo.


  1. So cool that you're so passionate about this! And you're taking up Biology!! I'm taking up Life Sciences (similar to Bio)!!

  2. wow!! great idea helping the nature!! i've been once experience going to the beach and learn about mangroves. it a nightmare not having trees around glad there tons of people still looks after them very carefully! xx

  3. WOW! I have to be honest sobrang rare makahanap ng ganyan, especially in our age. Maganda ding hobby and bonding yung planting, not only do we save mother nature, stress reliever pa sya.

  4. wow! we really need more people to be engaged in this kind of activity. I am a nature lover as well but I have to time to be active anymore but I am proud to say that I was once been so active during college. keep it up S. <3

  5. I'm surprised that you are eco-friendly. I am too actually, but I don't join Plating events. I do it my own way like throwing trash in the river, planting my own plants in the garden, etc. :)

    Btw sis, I linked you up since I did a restart on my blog and all my links are gone. :D Glad to be able to find you in my Lookbook! I'm so thankful you commented. Haha.

  6. I really want to try tree planting. I even signed up in an environmental organization in UST, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to become active due to academic stuff.

    Good thing you have this subject that gave you this opportunity. When we I had our Environmental Science before, we just stayed in the four corners of our room and didn't even go out.

    I hope the new generation will be more aware of our current environment and take care of our nature.