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Bataoil promotes planting of ‘Ilang-Ilang’ to fight climate change

Dec 4, 2015 @ 15:32

Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil is leading a campaign to plant Ilang-Ilang trees in the province, which he said is a “weapon” to battle climate change.

The retired police general-turned-lawmaker said Ilang-Ilang is also a good source of income for the locals because of its oil, which is used in the manufacture of perfumes.

“We are one with the national government in taking care of our environment, including our mountain land. We recognize that we have responsibility to bear for our district but also for our environment,” Bataoil said in a Sunstar report.

Through his efforts, Bataoil pointed out that hundreds of Ilang-Ilang seedlings have been planted in the towns of Bugallon and Mangatarem.

The tree-planting was done in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under the National Greening Program, he added.

In Mangatarem, Ilang-Ilang plantation has been started in the villages of Bantokaling and Muelag.
Bataoil said there are ongoing talks with the Society of Aguilar Environmentalists of Pangasinan, a people’s organization, to plant Ilang-iIang in the initial 300 hectares of land in Laoag village in Aguilar.

“This is to complete our target of 1,000 hectares of Ilang-Ilang plantation in the second district,” he said.

Bataoil stressed the Ilang-Ilang plantation project seeks to provide a sustainable livelihood for the communities involved.

If the project is successful, he said Pangasinan will put up Ilang-Ilang oil for fragrance manufacturing companies.

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