Thousands join Arbor Day Print
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 17:39

More or less 4,000 seedlings of indigenous variety including narra were planted in Sitio Muruk in Pasonanca yesterday morning in celebration of Arbor Day na Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco led the mass tree planting in the 1.7 hectare protected area and source of potable water for Zamboanga City.

Dr. Eduardo Bisquera, Assistant City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, said unlike in previous years, Muruk is the planting site this year to ensure water retention ability of the area “and the only way for the water to retain is through the root system of the trees.”

The DENR, according to Bisquera has turned over to the City Government at least 10 hectares of the protected area in Muruk for enrichment planting. The 1.7 hectares area planted with trees forms part of the 10 hectares turned over.

Gerry Pollisca, chief of OCENR’s Natural Resources Division said the Arbor Day tree planting is considered as “enrichment planting to return back natural vegetation as well as to replace fast growing species like gemelina and mahogany.

The area is maintained jointly by the City Government’s OCENR, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

Arbor Day na Zamboanga is based on City Ordinance 281 approved pursuant to Proclamation 396 as amended. The ordinance calls for the active participation of all sectors in the city in the Arbor Day celebration aimed to instill the culture of planting trees and caring for the environment.

Based on OCENR’s record, some 1,400 people representing the different local and national government agencies, non-government organizations, police and military and other law enforcement units, academe, private organizations and other sectors, participated in the tree planting activity.

Also present during the activity were Councilors Jimmy Villaflores, Josephine Pareja, Cesar Jimenez Sr., Bong Atilano, Litlit Macrohon, Kim Elago, DENR officials and numerous others.  (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)