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Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro visits Masungi Georeserve, holds tree planting activity

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Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro paid a visit to Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal to check out the Upper Marikina Watershed.

But Teodoro did not quite see what he expected.

Teodoro found young trees and grass in the area, when he was expecting a lush forest.

He said the lack of mature trees was why Marikina experiences flooding.

“Isa ito sa mga dahilan kung bakit binabaha ang ating lungsod. Wala na pala ang gubat, wala nang malalaking puno,” he said.

Since Marikina City is in the lower part of the watershed, it bears the brunt of the effects of deforestation, according to the Marikina public information office.

It said the lack of enough trees causes water from the mountain to flow down quicker, along with sand and silt.

Teodoro said that to remedy this, deforestation must be addressed and long-term plans put in place.

Before leaving Masungi, he and Marikina officials held a tree-planting activity.

He has been calling for or the protection and preservation of trees and natural resources near the Marikina River and the city.