By:  RAJ Pasion |  By: PITO-LU  |  Date: July 06, 2018

BEATING PLASTIC POLLUTION. (R) Employees from The Provincial Governor – Environment and Natural Resources Division, plants a mahogany sapling as part of the tree planting activity in celebration of Arbor Day at Barangay Castro, Sudipen, La Union on June 25, 2018. (L) The Provincial Government of La Union Employees together with Sudipen LGU employees poses for photo-ops after the activity.

The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU), through the Office of the Provincial Governor-Environment and Natural Resources Division (OPG-ENRD), spearheaded a Tree Planting Activity on June 25, 2018 at Barangay Castro, Sudipen, La Union in observance of the Philippine Arbor Day.

It was participated in by around 60 employees and officials from PGLU headed by Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sudipen, La Union led by their Municipal Mayor Alexander O. Buquing.

The said activity, where 1000 trees were planted, aims to give awareness and mitigate climate change and combat pollution that the world is facing today.

In 2012, Ordinance No. 024-2012 declared the first Monday of June every calendar year as the “Arbor Day” in La Union. It recognizes that trees play a vital role in maintaining ecological stability. Due to unseen weather forecast Arbor Day Celebration in La Union would or could be moved on a certain day of the month where the climate and weather is good for planting trees or seedlings.

This activity was done with a goal of promoting a Clean, Green and Safe Province for the people and as one of the strategies that contribute to the success of the Province’s vision to make La Union the Heart of Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon by 2025.

Arbor Day is a holiday in where individuals and group are encouraged to plant trees to promote a healthier ecosystem through the rehabilitation of the environment. In the Philippines, Arbor Day Act of 2012 is a law that revives the observance of Arbor Day by authorizing the LGUs the responsibilities for celebrating the day for tree planting as an annual event every 25th of June. Under the law, all abled-bodied Filipinos of the Philippines who are at least 12 years of age are required to plant one tree every year, but there is no prohibition for planting more.

Arbor Day originated in the United States in 1872. Since then, it has spread across the world and has been adopted by some governments as an official holiday. In the Philippines, Arbor Day was declared through Proclamation No. 30 by former President Manuel Roxas in 1947, to be held every second Saturday of September of each year in schools and communities until it was moved on the 25th of June in 2003.