BAGUIO CITY – (19 June 2021) – The tree of Life atop Session Road shall be unveiled on Sunday morning, June 20, and at least 20 tree carts parade along the city’s main thoroughfares down to Malcolm Square, in celebration of Environment Month and Saleng Festival.

Tree carts from the offices of Congressman Marquez Go, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and councilors, City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO), City Engineer’s (CEO), General Services (GSO), City Environment and Parks Management (CEPMO) and other city offices and agencies are paraded and displayed to be planted on National Arbor Day, June 25 in various sites.

Other participating establishments and groups are: Porta Vaga, Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) Session road, University of the Cordilleras (UC), University of Baguio (UB), Vista residences, Suntrust, API-GAT apiaries, Megapines Development Corporation, Green Cordilleras, Rehabilitation Action for Baguio (RAB), SM, Zaparita gardens.

Simultaneous tree planting shall be done at the Busol watershed, Mt. Sto. Tomas, Teachers’ Camp, Kennon road, Irisan Eco-park, Pine Trees of the World, Botanical Garden and Forbes Park, Parcel 1, 2 and 3.

At least 10,000 bamboo propagules, Pine, fruit-bearing and other tree species shall be planted on said venues. Other areas such as barangays with water sheds, the arboretum and portions of Balili river shall also be reforested with bamboo propagules and elder berry trees.

Said activities are done in compliance to the environment code where June to September is tree-planting season. Support from the local government units for the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of forests is urged, an investment for breathable air, potable water and a clean environment, Mayor Magalong said during the launching ceremonies.      

Display and sale of upcycled/recycled materials, potted plants and ornamentals, cut flowers and floral arrangement takes place along Session Road on June 20, and 27. The road closure is through an Executive Order issued by the mayor last month.  

Tree planting, anti-smoke belching, clean-up drive, and other environmental-friendly activities go on through the month. – Julie G. Fianza with reports from the CEPMO