The Philippines is one of many countries that celebrate Arbor Day, a holiday dedicated to tree planting. Arbor Day in the Philippines is celebrated on June 25, it was established in 2003 to promote a healthier ecosystem through the rehabilitation of the environment. Coincidentally, June is also celebrated as Philippine Environment Month, with this year’s theme: “Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo.”
In celebration of Philippine Arbor Day, ZABIDA, VERDE ZAMBOANGA INC, and the BLGU OF Barangay La Paz conducted a Tree Planting as one of their Environmental Action. Together with about 100 participants and volunteers, 400 Seedlings of which 300 Narra Seedlings and 100 Giant Bamboo were planted at La Paz “ BARANGAY TREE PARK” at km. 10 Camp Susana Barangay La Paz.
Among the participants who dedicated their time planting the seedlings were the La Paz Barangay Council and SK Council, Ayala Barangay Council and SK Council, Malagutay Barangay Council, Labuan Barangay Council, Limpapa Barangay Council, San Jose Gusu Barangay Council, San Roque Barangay Council, Sinubung Barangay Council, Talisayan Barangay Council, Tugbungan Barangay Council, Youth Solidarity for Peace, Tau Gamma Phi, Las Mujeres de Limpapa, and MBLT-11.
Also in attendance were Line agency representatives from the City Planning Office, and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO).
We extend our gratitude to the Barangay Council of La Paz Headed by Hon. Ancelita Dalingay Punong Barangay for the snacks and Environment Volunteer of La Paz for the preparation of the area and transportation, to the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) for providing the 300 Narra Seedlings, Verde Zamboanga Inc. (VZI) for the 100 Giant Bamboo seedlings, Marine Batallion Landing Team (MBLT-11) headed by 2nd Lt. Christian Jason S. Manuel (PN) and Barangay Council of San Roque for the Transportation of Participants.
This activity was implemented through the support of AECID and Manos Unidas, under the Convenio Environment program led by Mr. Khamar Amsain- Environment Officer, and Emmanuel Manuel, Environment Staff.