May 19, 2024

The City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo) has called on individuals or groups to participate in the city’s regreening program by conducting their own tree planting. Cepmo Head Rhenan Diwas said tree planting activities had been scheduled from June 25 to September for individuals, families, groups, and organizations to participate in as part of the celebration of The Saleng or Tree Festival in Baguio.

“The essence of celebrating the Tree Festival season is for us to participate in the regreening of our city. We call on individuals, families, groups, and organizations to join us in our tree planting activities,” Diwas said.

To schedule their planting dates and sites, those interested may visit the Cepmo or contact the office through their Facebook page or through 0966-433-2023 or 0917-415-8224.

Diwas said while the program was on hiatus because of the pandemic, Cepmo has propagated thousands of tree seedlings to be planted throughout the Tree Festival season.

“We target to plant 10,000 trees this season,” Diwas said.

On Sunday, June 20, the Tree of Life will be unveiled atop Session Road to be followed by the Tree Cart parade.

Tree carts from the offices of Rep. Marquez Go, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the city council led by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, City Veterinary and Agriculture Office, City Engineer’s, General Services, City Environment and Parks Management, and other city offices and agencies will be showcased. The trees will be planted on National Arbor Day, June 25, in various sites.

Other establishments and groups participating in the parade Porta Vaga Mall, Bank of Philippine Islands-Session Road, University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, Vista residences, Suntrust, API-GAT Apiaries, Megapines Development Corporation, Green Cordilleras, Rehabilitation Action for Baguio, SM, and Zaparita gardens. – Aileen P. Refuerzo and Julie G. Fianza