Tree planting, tagging of trees to highlight Arbor Day in Zamboanga City

June 24, 2015 10:03 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 24 — The local government through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) will spearhead a massive tree planting activity on Thursday in line with the nationwide observance of Arbor Day.

Dr. Eduardo Bisquera, OCENR assistant chief, said the Arbor Day observance will kick-off with a short opening program at 7 a.m. at the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong, Barangay Pasonanca, this city.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will lead the opening program as well as the city government officials and employees in the tree planting activity.

Bisquera said they expect that more or less 7,000 people will join the tree planting since the event will also be participated in by the different government agencies, non-government organizations, students and other stakeholders.

Bisquera said they will plant hardwood tree species such as narra and mahogany in Mount Abong-Abong.

The observance of the Arbor Day is held every year pursuant to City Ordinance 281, which declares June 25 as Arbor Day na Ciudad del Zamboanga (Zamboanga City Arbor Day).

Meanwhile, Bisquera said Salazar will also lead the tagging of nine century and heritage trees in Barangays Upper Calarian and San Roque during the observance of the Arbor Day.

Century trees are trees identified to have lived for more than 100 years.

Heritage trees are important trees which have not yet reach 100 years old but are ecologically, historically, and culturally valuable, or belonging to rare species or near a water source.

The tagging is pursuant to City Ordinance 431, otherwise known as the Century and Heritage Tree Ordinance.

Bisquera said that a total of 130 trees were tagged as century trees while 54 as heritage trees from 2009 to 2014.

He said the tagged trees included teak, acacia, narra, agoho and siar. (PNA)

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