Everything is set for the city-wide celebration of “Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga” on Monday, June 25 a day that has also been set as the start of the planting season based on a local ordinance.
Mayor Celso Lobregat has enjoined all sectors and agencies- both government and private groups to participate in the tree planting activity that will be done in the city’s designated planting site at the Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong Pasonanca.
Mayor Celso Lobregat leads multi-sectoral groups in the mass tree planting in celebration of Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga June 25 last year. at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong, Upper Pasonanca. JOEY BAUTISTA
The celebration of Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga is pursuant to Ordinance 281 and is in observance of Philippine Arbor Day on June 25 every year. The ordinance mandates active public participation in tree planting activities.
It is also during this day when the city government tags identified century and heritage trees as part of the present administration’s thrust to protect and preserve the environment.
Mayor Lobregat stressed that the protection and preservation of the environment is a responsibility and obligation not only of the city government and other government agencies but of each and every individual.
Each and every resident of Zamboanga should do his/her part to protect and preserve the environment to ensure better future for the young generation, he added.
Mayor Celso Lobregat, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Rey Gonzales and officials from WMSU tag an acacia tree declared as heritage tree in celebration of Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga June 25 last year. JOEY BAUTISTA
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office under Engr. Rey Gonzales is organizing the different events for Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga. The program will start at 7am at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong on Monday, June 25, after which the mass tree planting activity will follow. The tagging of tress will be spearheaded by Mayor Lobregat and other agency officials after the tree planting event. (Sheila Covarrubias)