All set for city-initiated Arbor Day tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 14:03

All is set for tomorrow’s Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga, an activity spearheaded by the city government,  targeting to plant over  6,000 seedlings and 300 mangrove propagules in designated areas in the City.

Mayor Celso Lobregat will spearhead the activities which will kick off with a program at 7am at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Pasonanca.
The program will be followed by a massive tree-planting campaign to be participated by contingents from the Local Government Unit, academe, police and military personnel, environmental volunteers and other participating institutions.

One of the highlights of the event is the orientation on the rationale of the National Greening Program (NGP) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable. The greening program is based 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.

After the orientation, Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles will address the audience with his message of commitment.  Mayor Lobregat will deliver the keynote address and the signing of the NGP commitment by the City Government and other partner agencies will cap the program.

Congresspersons Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar and Erbie A. Fabian will also impart their messages after the opening remarks of City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr.
After the program, all participants will be assigned to the different clusters with designated sites of planting.

After the tree planting event, Mayor Lobregat will lead in the tagging of the 24 declared “Heritage and Century” trees with metal plate which affirms need to be preserve said trees pursuant to City Ordinance 281.

Under the area designated as Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park, 5, 375 seedlings are to be planted in 3 different sites by a combined team of military and police personnel, national government agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, local government unit, non-government agencies and civic groups.

The mangrove planting at Mampang Area will be done by volunteers from barangays Kasanyagan, Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Talon-Talon, Tugbungan, Arena Blanco, Zamboanga State College of Martine Sciences and Technology, Talon-Talon National High School, Arena Blanco National High School, MARINA, Maritime Police and Philippine Coast Guard. Some 200 propagules were allocated.

Mangrove seedlings will also be planted at the Victoria Area with 3,000 propagules.
The Watershed Rehabilitation Area will be covered by Barangay Manicahan and Manicahan National High School with 1,000 seedlings.
Roadside planting or replanting will also be conducted in 18 barangays in the East Coast from Barangay Boalan to Licomo while 14 planting sites in the West Coast will also be revisited from Maasin to Limpapa. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO