Celso, ADZU reaffirm advocacy on environmental protection PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 July 2012 14:00

Three acacia trees inside the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) campus have been declared century trees and were tagged with metal plates Friday highlighting the start of the university’s centennial celebration.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, ADZU President Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ and Fr. Willie Samson, SJ spearheaded the tagging ceremony held amid the inclement weather. Aboard the city government-owned boom truck, the 3 officials labelled the over a hundred year old acacia trees as century trees as a show of commitment to environmental protection.

“This is a statement of our commitment to protect the environment”, Fr. Moreno enunciated during a brief program held at the Patio fronting Saura’s Hall prior to tagging. The event, he said, adds color to ADZU’s centennial celebration themed “Living 100 Years of Excellence, Spirituality and Citizenship”.

Mayor Lobregat for his part said the tagging of trees inside the ADZU campus is pursuant to Executive Order 460 he issued on June 25 declaring 16 trees—3 of which are located inside the university campus—either as century trees or heritage trees.

The City Government has enacted Ordinance No. 341, a city regulation that declares trees that are more than 100 years old as “Century Trees” and those that are “considered ecologically, historically or culturally valuable or belonging to a rare specie or are adjacent or near a water source, spring or well and whose cutting or destruction will disrupt or destroy the water source” as “Heritage Trees”.  The said regulation prohibits subjecting such trees to “any cutting or any form of destruction, except for medical, public emergency, public safety and botanical reasons.”

Mayor Lobregat thanked the ADZU for its commitment to environmental protection and for sharing in the City Government’s goal of a better future for Zamboanga through quality education. He likewise hailed the ADZU, a Jesuit-run university, for its commitment to excellence, spirituality and citizenship.
Assisting during the tagging ceremony were personnel from the Office of City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) led by Asst. CENR officer Engr. Ed Bisquera and personnel from the General Services Office.

The ADZU activity was facilitated by the Program on Environment under the Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) office led by Mark Allan Palanca. Also present were Councilor Joana Mas, an ADZU student, Fr. Salvador Wee, SJ and other ADZU faculty and staff and students.

The tagging ceremony was preceded by formal opening of the booths and the Grade School intramurals at the ADZU campus in La Purisima.

The ADZU centennial jubilee year celebration kicked off three years ago and now approaches its final stretch.

Fr. Moreno said the centennial celebration of ADZU is not to glorify the university’s achievements but to express gratitude foremost to God, to renew commitment and to respond to challenges in the future. — Sheila Covarrubias