BAGUIO CITY – As part of the International Forest Day celebration, the city government here officially launched the Tree Nurturing Program of the city last March 21 during the flag raising ceremony at the City hall grounds.
A symbolic Tree of Resilience that will hold and carry the city officialdom and employees’ personal commitment to contribute to global environmental protection and sustainability was demonstrated last Monday.
As concerned officials and employees in the protection and conservation of trees and forest, it was their commitment to conserve and use the water properly, to visit and take care of their respective trees, to plant more and to be a partner and a model for green advocacy.
Domogan, together with city officials and department heads headed in the signing and hanging of commitment at the Tree of Resilience twigs or branches.
Beatriz Gajete of the City Environment and Parks Management Office stressed that based on research, a tree in a year inhales 26 lbs. of carbon, one tree is equated to ten air conditioners, one full grown tree sends off oxygen enough for four persons and it transpires ten liters of water.
Also, 1.6 billion people globally depend on forests for their livelihood and daily sustenance needs.
Showing environment care, the city government here headed by mayor Mauricio Domogan recently signed the Memorandum of Agreement relative the water harvesting facility at the Le Monet, Camp John Hay, and the Earth Hour activity held last Saturday at the City hall grounds.
A clean-up drive was also conducted by the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) in coordination with the different barangays last week in line with the continuing “Salaknib Ti Waig” program of the city.
Accordingly, the International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. Thus, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of present and future generations./Jho Arranz