Tree Care

They say to be immortalized, you can do one of three things — write a book, be in a film, or plant a tree.

It’s going to be the second year run of the government’s National Greening Program, and hopefully, this time around will be better than the first (hopefully two steps up).

It’s a great program, and I know even private corporations have adopted areas where they could plant seedlings. Had the chance to be part of the program, planted trees along Mount Banahaw, although to be really honest about it, I was disappointed because I don’t think the area assigned to us for us to plant on isn’t well-suited for trees to grow. Hopefully, this year, we would be given a better area so our effort (and sweat and tears, hehe), will not be wasted — and of course, the seedlings would eventually grow to be really pretty trees.

Which makes me also remember the time when we planted in the middle of Commonwealth Avenue. Was able to plant maybe about three seedlings there — yes, we planted the “soon-to-be-trees” you see there when you drive along the highway. It’s a very unlikely place to plant trees, but a very noble initiative I feel as it aimed to at least lessen the air pollution from mobile sources. It was part of the campaign for the “longest” tree planting activity that time (sorry forgot what it’s called but it was a program of the late Secretary Reyes of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources).

And so it is always best to care for trees. It gives us life, saves us, and so we should do our best to protect them (and not really cut them and really ensure the full implementation of the total log ban in the country). For trees here in the metro, make sure we care for them.

Let’s do our share in caring for trees…


Iva Maurin
Iva is a Communications Specialist with an over-a-decade experience in environmental community work in the Philippines. As an environment educator, she focuses on events organization and IEC materials development. She’s now based in California and works as a graphics consultant for an Asian environmental NGO. She’s also the Creative Content Editor for the Global Filipino Network.

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