To address current issues affecting urbanization, industrialization, climate change and global warming, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro initiates to implement strategies in consonance with the Policy of Sustainable Development in partnership with PUEBLO DE ORO Corporation, the Provincial Government of Bukidnon, and the Protected Area Management Board of the Mt. Kitanglad Range (PAMB) and also with the following participating organizations: City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), Agricultural Productivity Office, Liceo de Cagayan University, HARIBON Foundation and the Rotary Club in developing a property within the Pueblo de Oro Township into an URBAN RAINFOREST.
There is a network of natural habitats inside the Pueblo de Oro Township- the ridges, and creeks and knoll area. These places teem with different plants and animals, from those as small as the insects to those as large as the grass owl and the causal birds.
Sadly, these plants and animals are disappearing too quickly because of the encroachment of their homes due to rapid growth and urbanization of the city. The only way to attract more of the local plant and animal species to return is to-create their habitat, i.e. homes. The best way to do this is to plant endemic tree species or wildlings that come from the rainforest of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon province and nearby mountains.
It is envisioned to create a rainforest in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City, a Nature Park open to urban dwellers where indigenous organisms can thrive in their natural habitat- a haven for plants and animals.
Specifically, within the next five years, together with our project partners, we shall systematically plant more trees on the unbuildable portion of the Pueblo de Oro Township in order to preserve and enhance its existing forested area, a 40-hectare property for this purpose, and have the commitment to the preservation and enhancement of this urban rainforest and shall work for the Program's future expansion in other areas with the following components:
Rainforest Farming, Reforestation, Education & Training, Resource Building, Network Building