One Million Trees Movement launched in Tuguegarao City

Published April 26, 2021, 4:34 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Tuguegarao One Million Trees Movement was launched here last April 22 to encourage residents and environmental advocates to restore this city’s natural state and counter the effects of climate change through the planting and growing of one million trees in the next three years.

The movement, a joint project of the Tuguegarao city government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Cagayan State University, the Schools Division of Tuguegarao City, and proponent Northern Natural Resource Conservation Inc., was launched at the first ever Tree Summit in celebration of World Earth Day.

City Mayor Jefferson P. Soriano, in his welcome remarks during the summit, said that the effects of climate change are highly evident here. He added that there is an urgent need to address the problem of climate change.

The movement was institutionalized thru the enactment of City Ordinance No. 26-08-2021 that also localized Proclamation No. 643 declaring June 25 of every year as Philippine Arbor Day which requires all able-bodied citizens to plant one tree every year.

The summit was participated in by regional line agencies, civil society organizations, barangay captains, Sangguniang Kabataan officials, business establishments, and other private individuals.