BAGUIO CITY – A total of 1,226 couples who applied for a marriage license in the city have each planted a tree seedling as part of their contribution to the protection and conservation of the environment.
The tree planting activity is a requirement under City Ordinance 18-2016 or the City Environment Code, which mandates planting of at least one tree as a pre-requisite before the marriage license issuance.
In a Philippine News Agency report, Forestry division chief of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), Beatriz Gajete, said on Monday that the organization has acknowledged the Pine Trees of the World situated at the Burnham Park reservation area as the plantation site for couples aiming for marriage licenses.
“For the couple to think that the tree is important and for their children also. For them to pass it on to their children,” she said.
“When people marry, the tendency is for them to reproduce offspring, adding to the population who breathe, thus (they) should have the responsibility to produce oxygen for their children,” Gajete added.
The activity has a positive output as 85.6 percent of those planted by the couples have survived and are still alive, Gajete added.
The said policy was implemented way back in October 2016, upon the passage of the city’s Environment Code.
For this year, Gajete stressed that the city would not only plant 10 seedlings per employee, which is a dictate of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP). “(We will also see) to it that these seedlings we have planted will survive,” she said.
Gajete proudly present that the city maintains two nurseries — the Botanical Garden and a part of the Busol Watershed — for tree planting activities of the city government, non-government organizations, schools, and barangays. (Janelle Lorzano)