More tree planters, including out-of-town-based groups, are registering with the Urban Forestry Management Division of the City Environment and Parks Management Office.
Eight employees of Advantest Phil. Inc., a Pampanga-based company expressed interest in planting trees in Baguio City last July 7 while on July 16, members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants will plant ornamentals, cypress and bottle brush seedlings at the Melvin Jones field.
Last July 4, the Baguio City Police Office and Police Regional Office (PRO-CAR) training center in partnership with Burnham-Legarda barangay launched the celebration of the Police Community Relations Month by planting 100 bottle brush trees along Burnham Lake.
Other groups expected to schedule tree-planting this month are the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Librarians Association, Inc, Saint Louis University School of Engineering and Architecture Mining Engineering Department, Rotaract Club of Baguio, Sandiganbayan-Dominican, Itogon-Suyoc Resources Inc., Roxas National High School, Environment Management Bureaum Concentrix-Baguio, and Sangguniang Kabataan-Burnham Legarda barangay, and World Mission, Society Church of God.
Tree planters may request for a specific area such as their work place or residence, a vacant area in the community, or a park which can be adopted, re-greened or improved.
Planting sites shall be determined based on area, accessibility, and number of seedlings to be planted.
As of last inventory, more than 16,000 seedlings are available for tree planting and project pan-TREE.
As part of the Saleng Festival, project pan-TREE promotes environmental conservation and sustainability. Free tree saplings of various species from the Cepmo are given to members of the community for planting in available spaces.
For starters, 1,000 pine seedlings were donated to the local government of Kapangan, Benguet, to augment resources for regreening and reforestation.
Those who want to be part of project pan-TREE may get in touch with Cepmo head Rhenan Diwas or foresters Villamor Bacullo and Floro Bastian. – Julie G. Fianza