City Hall is set for Arbor Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 June 2015 09:08

The city government of Zamboanga is all set for this year’s observance of Philippine Arbor Day on June 25.

The city-wide celebration dubbed “Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga,” will be highlighted with massive tree planting by all stakeholders at CCC Freedom Park, Sitio Abong-Abong, Pasonanca.

The activity will be proceeded with a commemorative program at 7 a.m. of said date.

The tree planting on Arbor Day is provided for under Ordinance 281, which calls for active public participation in the said annual event.

Arbor Day is dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. It was conceived in the 1870s by Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska newspaper editor.

Like many pioneers who settled the treeless plains of Nebraska, Morton believed that planting trees would help beautify the state, provide shade, and prevent soil erosion by creating windbreaks. In 1872, he proposed a tree-planting day at a meeting of Nebraska’s board of agriculture. The first Arbor Day celebration was held on April 10 of that year, with prizes awarded to the individual or group who planted the most trees.— Vic Larato