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Friday, August 30, 2013
WE NEED trees and trees need us. We just don't plant. We have to maintain what we planted.
Tree planting, to be successful must be consistent. It should be done with passion. A seedling will grow only when attended to. It needs water and sunlight. It has to be nurtured in its fledging days.
To grow or not to grow? To wither or not to wither? To prosper or not to prosper? To die or not to die? All these questions are dependent on the amount of care we provide the plant.
City Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago of City of San Fernando, Pampanga has committed to plant ten thousand (10,000) trees in his first one hundred (100) days in office. Every Saturday, both the public and private sectors feverishly dig the soil. The good City Mayor who is a true blue environmentalist is leading the way.
"We can help the next generation by planting. Global warming has to address NOW!" he says with urgency.
To show his sincerity to push tree planting, the good City Mayor appointed Mr. Higino Duldulao to be the Tree Planting Czar of the city.
At 81, Mr. Duldulao credits his good health to tree cultivation. He perspires daily by planting trees. He has made tree planting a daily habit. He shares whatever vegetable or leaf he harvests. It’s no wonder that Mr. Duldulao planted all the malunggay trees that stand proudly at the St. Jude Oval. Here is a man who wants every idle hand to be planted.
"No one should go hungry. We live in a paradise. Every seed you can broadcast, it will germinate," Mr. Duldulao states.
The river bank at the back of City Hall of San Fernando, Pampanga has been planted with atis trees. The Mega Dike in Del Rosario, City of San Fernando, Pampanga side is the recipient of several saplings of various varieties. Tree planting is done every Saturday morning. There is no letting up. This is an epidemic that we want everyone to be contaminated. We want every Fernandino to carry the vinus of tree planting.
We invite the Fernandinos to emulate the initiatives of Essel Park Subdivision. You can immediately discern the residents’ concern for the environment. Vacant lots are planted with organic vegetables. Another place worthy of emulation is St. Jude Village. The oval is planted with mahogany, ilang-ilang, mango, avocado and other trees. The effect is a cool breeze that soothes aching muscles. The greenery is therapeutic to the sight. I am sure we can develop every open space into a Mini Park where every Fernandino can enjoy fresh air.
We are guided by the choice we make. Let us choose to plant to make San Fernando a better place to live.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 31, 2013.