Various groups and organizations braved the early morning of Saturday, 25 June 2022, to participate in the simultaneous tree planting activity that DENR National Capital Region organized to celebrate the 159th Year of the Philippine Forestry Service and Philippine Arbor Day at the La Mesa Water Reservation area in Barangay Greater Lagro, Quezon City.
Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, together with her Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., and Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Aida E. Esguerra, led the tree planting activity participated by officials of the DENR-Association of Career Executive (DENR ACE); employees of the regional office; members of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO); and Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Quezon City chapter.
A total of 200 Molave (𝘝π˜ͺ𝘡𝘦𝘹 𝘱𝘒𝘳𝘷π˜ͺ𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘒) and Narra (π˜—π˜΅π˜¦π˜³π˜°π˜€π˜’π˜³π˜±π˜Άπ˜΄ π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯π˜ͺ𝘀𝘢𝘴) saplings were planted by the participants that day.
DENR ACE President, Undersecretary Atty. Jonas R. Leones, was represented by Assistant Secretary for Human Resources, Strategic Communication and Sectoral Initiatives Hiro V. Masuda, along with Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) Director Al O. Orolfo, and Legal Affairs Service Director Atty. Norlito A. Eneran.
Director Caancan thanked all of the participants for giving their time and effort to plant and nurture trees at the La Mesa Reservation, the last forested area of the region. She said healthy trees at the La Mesa would help ensure Metro Manila’s supply of potable water, filter pollutants in the air, absorb greenhouse gases, and cool down temperatures.
β€œTrees are an important part of the ecosystem. Without trees, it would be impossible to sustain life on Earth as they serve as the planet’s lungs”, the lady director stressed.
Philippine Arbor Day is observed every 25th of June of every year by virtue of Proclamation No. 643 signed in 2004.