The Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX inks partnership with the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc for the establishment of a wood gallery in the DENR IX Regional Office in Pagadian City during a virtual signing ceremony held on September 2, 2021.
SFFI President Tom Valdez said that he is looking forward to this initiative with the DENR IX, especially since that this will be the first wood gallery that will be established in DENR regional field offices nationwide. This will feature various wood samples of tree species especially those that are endemic to the region and/or threatened species.
On the other hand, DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, who conceptualized the initiative, said that the establishment of the wood gallery will pursue the goal of raising awareness on our endemic and threatened species here in Zamboanga. "Not only will we increase public appreciation, we can also leverage this initiative in encouraging the passing of policies and legislation -- both national and local -- that would provide for the protection and conservation of our forests and tree species."