SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - In fulfillment of its commitment to conserve and protect the environment in this free port and special economic zone, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) looks forward to planting more than 3,000 seedlings of various tree species on June 24, the world-wide commemoration of Arbor Day.
The tree-planting project to be spearheaded by the SBMA Ecology Center, the environment management office here, will be undertaken at the Pastolan Village, home of the indigenous Ayta tribe in Subic.
SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Regulatory Services Ruel John Kabigting, who is concurrent head of the Ecology Center, said the activity will be open to all locator-companies in the free port, as well as organizations, residents or individuals in the surrounding areas who wish to join or support Nature conservation.
Kabigting said that participants in the Arbor Day project will meet in front of the SBMA administration building at 7:30 a.m., then proceed to Pastolan for simultaneous tree planting and seedling potting.
Meanwhile, Forester Patrick Escusa, chief of the Ecology Center-Social Development Division, said the SBMA is hoping to surpass the number of last year’s Arbor Day participants. The 500 delegates last year came from the SBMA, various Freeport companies, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Olongapo City, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary 111th Squadron, DPWH district office, and police offices in Olongapo City and Hermosa. Bataan.
Now celebrated worldwide, Arbor Day was founded in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo where held the first arbor plantation festival in the world was documented in 1594. In 1805, another small Spanish village named Villanueva de la Sierra held the first modern Arbor Day, an initiative launched by the local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population.
Arbor Day in the Philippines was institutionalized in 1947 through Proclamation No. 30, which called for a nationwide observation of the event by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.
In 2012, Republic Act 10176 was passed, which revived tree-planting activities “as yearly event for local government units.” (30)