People aren’t the only one who can gain recognition for reaching 100 years old as this Bay-ang tree in So. Maglunod, Brgy. Quezon, San Carlos, Negros Occidental, is being nominated in the DENR Heritage Program.
The said Bay-ang tree is 50 feet high and have been checked by the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) Forestry Division, City Tourism Office, Bantay Bukid Brigade and the Barangay officials of Quezon for its nomination last March 21, 2022.
Interestingly it was 19 arms in circumference as 19 people held hands to surround the enormous tree as to be able to be a part of the program, that tree should be healthy and with a diameter of more than 1 meter or a circumference of more than 3.14 meters.
Along with this is the criteria of establishing the tree’s aesthetic, historical, cultural, social, educational significance and the endorsement of a group as its “adopter”.
Being part of the Heritage Tree Program, the said tree will have the protection of the government agency, it can’t be touched or altered by even a branch without permission from DENR.
Witness claims have also been there in support for the tree even further claiming that it may be more than 100 years old:
- Moreto G. Sagario, 66 years old, CEMO employee and resident of Brgy. Quezon claims to first saw it in 1964 when he was still in 1st grade and that it was already large then.
- Roberto G. Ymbang, 62 years old, said that he saw it when he was still 4 years old further stating that his father told him that the tree was already there when the Japanese arrived during the World War II.
The assessment of the Bay-ang tree was also done during the celebration of ng International Day of Forests and was accompanied by planting 30 seedlings of different kind of forest trees.
Negros Occidental has a lot of forests in their area such as Pinewood Forest, Negros Forest Park, Panaad Eucalyptus Forest Park, Nordson Forest Park and many more to protect and care. This is why the trees are very important to them and are encouraging people and locals to plant and protect those trees surrounding them.