TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Employees of the local government led by the City Local Government Operations Office joined the nationwide tree planting with the theme, “Buhayin ang pangangalaga ng kalikasan” last Sept. 13.
The group planted 25 balete tree seedlings and 25 fire tree seedlings at the city sanitary landfill site in Barangay Dilag.
The site at the city landfill facility was chosen to help control future pollution problem.
The Environment and Natural Resources Office provided calautit tree, fire tree, fruit tree, and other tree seedlings to barangays for the simultaneous activity.
The event marked the First Nationwide Simultaneous Tree Planting anniversary spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the country’s support to the global action to mitigate climate change effects and a reminder to the public of their roles in the care and protection of mother earth.
It also coincided with the city’s commemoration of the Mt. Data Peace Accord or Sipat between the late President Corazon C. Aquino and Condrado Balweg of Cordillera People’s Liberation Army at Mt. Data Hotel in Bauko, Mountain Province on Sept. 13, 1986 that signaled the cessation of hostilities between the military and the group in the area.
The Sipat led to the creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region in preparation for an autonomous region in the Cordillera. – Larry Lopez