COUPLES seeking marriage certificates are now contributing to the government's greening program.
In a most unusual and unique local ordinance, couples in Baguio City who want to get married, are required to plant trees, before they are issued their marriage certificates.
From middle February to March this year, there were 170 couples who applied for marriage certificates and planted seedlings at Burnham Park.
From April to May 10, 171 couples sought marriage, planting an equivalent number of seedlings at the Lion’s park. This unique law is City Ordinance No. 18 series of 2016.
Since its implementation in October 28, 2016, there were 484 pine trees added at City Hall, Burnham and Lion’s club park.
Meanwhile, a separate ordinance requiring tree planting for every building occupancy permit has now reached 445 pine trees, 127 fruit bearing trees and 46 ornamental plants; 25 residential, 2 commercial and 2 institutions, completed for the past months.
Some of the seedlings were planted in owners’ private compounds while others were given to the City Environment and Parks Management Office Forestry and Regreening Division nurseries for use this planting season.
For every matured tree cut with permit, 30 seedlings are either planted or collected and stored at the botanical garden for future planting. To date, there are 5,880 seedlings prepared for planting in various venues around the city.
The move is also in support of the National Greening Program which aims to reforest 100 million hectares for the mitigation of climate change and environmental degradation. (SunStar Philippines/PR)