Tree Growing Festival in the Philippines

The city government here is hoping to make history anew with its upcoming massive tree growing festivity that is presently considered as among the biggest in the country.

City Mayor Peter Miguel said Friday the city is presently on track to break established records for the 2nd Tree Growing Festival slated on June 29 due to the swelling of support from various sectors in the area for the activity.

“We’re really overwhelmed with the support shown by our constituents so far and we’re expecting that more volunteers will sign up in the coming days since June 29 has been declared by the President as a special holiday here,” he said.

Miguel said President Benigno S. Aquino III, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, issued last June 18 Proclamation 409, declaring June 29 as a special non-working holiday in the entire city.

Proclamation 409 cited that the June 29 “marks the culmination program of the Environment Month and the 2nd Tree Growing Festival in the City of Koronadal.”

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Koronadal be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” it said.

The city government earlier launched a massive sign-up drive for the activity, which is targeting the planting of a record-breaking 250,000 trees in various sites in the city.

At least 1,000 hectares of idle lands along the Quezon Mountain Range here are being prepared by the local government as primary sites for the activity.

The targeted planting sites will cover barangays Esperanza, San Jose, Cacub, Topland and Mabini.

During’s launching last year, around 25,000 local volunteers planted a total of 131,028 tree seedlings in 522.78 hectares of idle lands along the Roxas Mountain Range, which extends to six of the city’s 27 barangays.

The city government originally targeted to plant 120,000 trees in 500 hectares of land in the area.

The city government decided to launch the tree-growing festival last year to highlight the area’s celebration of the International Environment Month held every June and support for the national government’s National Greening Program.

It noted that the festivities aimed to promoting environmental volunteerism among residents and the rehabilitation of the city’s declining forest reserve.

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