CITY OF MALOLOS – To promote and achieve a healthier ecosystem, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado encourages Bulakenyos to participate in the upcoming tree planting activity in Sitio Suha, San Mateo, Norzagaray on June 25, 2015 at 6:00 in the morning as part of the Arbor Day or Tree Planting Celebration.
Alvarado said that the activity aims to save the trees and plant more of it in the hydrological area in the province through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment especially in Norzagaray where the Ipo and Angat dams are located.
“Malaki ang kapakinabangan ng mga puno sa ating buhay. Ito ang nagbibigay lilim at malinis na hangin upang tayo ay mabuhay. Marapat lamang na pangalagaan natin ang kalikasan na ipinahiram sa atin ng Poong Maykapal sa simpleng pakikiisa sa layuning makapagtanim ng mas maraming puno para sa malinis na hangin na magdudugtong sa ating buhay,” the governor said.
According to Elizabeth Apresto, officer in charge of Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Department of Environment and Natural and Resources donated over 2,200 assorted seedlings for the Arbor Day through the efforts of Congresswoman Marivic R. Sy-Alvarado of the first district.
“Target talaga natin ngayon na mapangalagaan ang mga puno na itinanim noong mga nakaraang taon at magpunla pa ng mga panibagong puno sa kasalukuyan. Environmental groups are also expected to join the activity and plant trees with their own funds,” Apresto said.
Alvarado also declared the 25th day of June every year as an Arbor Day or Tree Planting Day in Bulacan to ensure the engagement of different sectors of society in the said activity.
Also, RA 10176 or Arbor Day Act of 2012 emphasized that every able-bodied citizens, who are at least 12 years of age, shall be required to plant one tree every year.
“Let’s plant trees for the future generations. Huwag nating pabayaan ang kalikasan lalo na sa mga panahon na mayroong banta ng kalamidad at sakuna. Patuloy nating isaalang-alang ang kahalagaan ng mga puno na patuloy na nagbibigay sa atin ng malinis at masarap na hangin na ating nilalanghap,” Alvarado added.
Meanwhile, Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office continues to protect the environment and preserve the province’s rich natural resources by conducting seminars and symposiums on Solid Waste Management and tree planting activities as part of the observance of Environment Month.