September 26, 2023

Caring for the environment, especially the planting of trees, seems to be a top priority for the city’s youth judging from the measures approved during the Scout Officials for-a-day (Sofad) special session Monday as part of the city’s Scouting Month celebration.
Among the 15 of the 26 proposed ordinances and resolutions passed by the scout city council are four measures relating to the conduct of cleaning and tree-planting activities that are in support of one of the local government’s collective core agenda of revitalizing Baguio’s environment.
These include an ordinance authored by scout councilor Kana Mae Bosongan requiring the city’s public and private schools to conduct cleanup drives in the barangays where they are located every last Friday of the month; and a resolution by scout councilor Nathaniel Jose Revilla urging the city government to include mandatory pine tree planting as pre-requisite before an individual can buy or own a vehicle.
Another is a resolution authored by scout councilor Dennise Maguen requesting the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. to include tree planting as one of the activities of the annual Panagbenga festival; and a resolution penned by scout vice mayor Kleine Bren Enriquez urging local schools to include in their curriculum the requirement for students to conduct tree planting activities every school year. – Gaby Keith