More than 400 supporters and volunteers from the different sectors on Sunday (June 9) planted at least 2,000 pine tree saplings at the Pine Trees of the World Park inside the Burnham Park along Gov. Pack Road, Forbes Park forest reservation at South Drive, Teachers Camp, and at the Botanical Garden. The saplings were provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera.
“I humbly acknowledge with sincere thanks the participation of citizens from all walks of life who planted tree saplings in the four different sites. Their noble act of volunteerism, no doubt done so selflessly, will always be a source of inspiration for us in our determined effort to make Baguio better,” Magalong said as he thanked his supporters and volunteers.
“It encourages us to remain steadfast in pursuing long-held aspirations to serve our environment through positive deeds undertaken from a shared spirit of responsible citizenship. How we care for our trees from the day we planted all through the time we nurture their growth should augur well in ensuring that they will be protected and preserved for our children and theirs,” he added.
After winning in the city’s mayoralty race on May 13, 2019, Magalong said that he was hesitant of holding a traditional victory party.
“Instead of throwing a traditional party, I was thinking of a way of giving back to the environment. Fortunately, a volunteer, environmentalist and Movement for a Better Baguio coordinator Monin Navarro gave the idea of having a tree planting around the city,” Magalong said.
Upon announcing that there will be a tree planting activity instead of a traditional victory party, more than 3,000 volunteers immediately signified their intentions to join the event. But this was controlled to ensure that the areas would not be disturbed much, and the trees to be planted would live.
Magalong said that tree planting will be a continuing activity of his administration. It will include the tending and making sure that trees planted will live and mature for the benefit of the future generation in the city. He said he would be coordinating with the different offices such as the DENR-Cordillera and the City Environment and Parks Management Office to learn the proper way of taking care of the trees to ensure their growth. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR & UC Interns)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis