RCZC supports “Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 June 2011 11:07

The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City (RCZC) supported the City Government of Zamboanga City in the celebration of Arbor Day last June 25 at the Abong-Abong Mountain, Zamboanga City. Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is an international event which individuals and groups around the world are encouraged to plant and care for trees.


This environmental activity that originated in Nebraska City, NebraskaUnited States in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton has spread in many countries. Though usually observed in the USA during spring time (every last Saturday of April), the date varies depending on the climate and suitable planting season of a country.


In the Philippines, it is held every 25th of June when the wet season starts. This is the best time to plant trees and ornamental trees accompanied with other relevant environmental activities under Presidential Proclamation No. 396. It enjoined the active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity.


Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat dubbed this day as “Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga”. In line with the National Greening Program (GNP) of President Benigno Aquino III, Mayor Lobregat encouraged the participants who planted the trees to water them and nurture it to full grown, and replace those that do not survive. He said this day is not a photo-ops or for a show but a commitment. RCZC Pres. Sixto Kwan Jr. and Incoming Pres. Rikki Lim fully agreed with him.


The day was highlighted with the signings of the GNP MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) by the City Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), RCZC, and other concerned agencies and organizations. It projects to plant 1.5 billion trees in about 1.5 million hectares of land nationwide from 2011 to 2016. This massive national greening program aims to revive deforested areas that can help reduce poverty in the countryside while securing food security, biodiversity conservation and address climate change.


The city’s Arbor Day activities included planting of over 5,000 tree seedlings at the 1.5-hectare forestland in Abong-Abong and at the 0.5-hectare watershed in Manicahan, and about 5,000 mangroves seedlings at the the 1.2-hectare mangrove in Barangay Victoria and at the 1.5-hectare mangrove in Mampang.



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