Arbor Day set on June 25 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:20

Preparations are underway for the City Government’s annual celebration of Arbor Day in Zamboanga City on Saturday, June 25.

This year, the Arbor Day activity will be held in Talon-Talon where participants from all sectors in Zamboanga City will be planting mangrove propagules in areas identified by the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) as part of its environmental protection, preservation, and conservation efforts.

Assembly time for the activity will be at 7 AM at the Talon-Talon Barangay Hall.

Arbor Day na Zamboanga is pursuant to the provisions of City Ordinance 281. Arbor Day is a nationwide activity pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 396 which “enjoins the active participation of all government agencies, private sector, schools, civil society groups and citizenry in the planting activity,” and declares June 25 of every year as “Philippine Arbor Day.”

Moreover, ten trees are also set to be declared as heritage icons during the Arbor Day celebration.

Pending approval, the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) has identified for recognition 6 century trees and 4 century trees, pursuant to Ordinance 341, otherwise known as the Century and Heritage Trees ordinance of 2008.

Century trees are trees that are 100 years old while heritage trees are those that are not yet 100 years old but are considered ecologically, historically or culturally valuable (or belonging to rare species, adjacent or near water source, spring or well and whose cutting or destruction will disrupt or destroy the water source) that can be effective symbols of taking care of the environment.