The City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Pablo C. Ortega and in partnership with Tanim Kalikasan, an NGO advocating for the revival and re-greening of the environment, spearheaded more than 600 participants from various Association of Regional Executives (AREX) member agencies, Lion’s Club, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Barangay Cadaclan, the Philippine Red Cross, Public Attorney’s Office, and the Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
Upon registration at the Secretariat, all participants proceeded to the designated area where seedlings like narra, bittaog, white lawan, sagat, akle, and dau were placed, as defined by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, then went their way to the forested area for planting.
During the short program, Mayor Ortega thanked all the participants for their invaluable effort in supporting the national greening program of the government.
With this very noble endeavor that involves various sectors, most especially the Tanim Kalikasan which provided all the seedlings for the event, more and more areas in the city and in the province are now being revived and reforested, Mayor Ortega said.
He also thanked Angel Clark, one of the Canadian representatives from an international organization called the Sustainable Cities International that is providing full support to the various environmental programs of the City of San Fernando, including the greening program.
According to the City Environment Office, aside from the tree-planting activity of the city this Arbor Day, they are also partnering with different agencies by providing seedlings through their adopt-a-hectare program.
This year’s Arbor Day theme is: Green Economy: Does it include you? (ANL/MPA-PIA 1, La Union)