24 Zambo trees declared heritage, century trees PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 17:15

Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order declaring 24 trees as “Heritage Trees” and “century trees”, leading to a total of 82 preserved trees since 2009.
Executive No. CL 406-2011 formalized the declaration of 3 trees as Century Trees and 21 trees as Heritage Trees.

The 100-year old trees composed of two narras and an acacia can be found in WMSU main Campus, Barangay Upper Calarian and Malagutay Elementary School  while the 21 heritage trees are located inside the WMSU Campus, City Hall Compound, R.T Lim Boulevard, Plaza Pershing, Vitali Central School Compound, Canelar Elementary
School, Upper Calarian and Sinubong Elementary School.

The Mayor’s order was issued in time for the observance of the Arbor Day na Zamboanga set on June 25 at the Cesar Climaco Freedom Park, where massive campaign for environmental preservation is conducted yearly thru tree planting activities and other related programs.

Since City Ordinance No. 341 otherwise known as the Century and Heritage Tree Ordinance came into law on December 2008, Mayor Lobregat had been leading the preservation campaign in declaring trees as Century Trees and Heritage Trees.

According to the said ordinance, “Century Trees” are those that have lived for more than 100 years while “Heritage Trees” are those which may not have reached 100
years “but are considered ecologically, historically or culturally valuable or belonging to a rare species or are adjacent or near a water source, spring or well and whose cutting or destruction will disrupt or destroy the water source.”

These trees will be tagged with metal plates with inscriptions about its common name, scientific, name, date of registry and the declaration of the City Government signed by the Mayor.

The first declaration of trees as century or heritage entitlement was done in 2009 with 32 trees in the list followed by 26 trees in 2010 and 24 for this year, making up a total of 82 trees to be protected by the ordinance.

Meanwhile, during the program on Saturday, representatives from Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX will also take the opportunity to orient the participants on Executive Order 26 signed by President Benigno Aquino III which aims to plant 1.5 million trees in1.5 million hectares for 6 years (2011-2016) in land of public domain. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO