THE Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) is spearheading a massive tree planting activity in Zamboanga City.

The activity is in observance of the Philippine Arbor Day celebration, held every June 25, as the country’s way to promote a greener environment and healthier ecosystem.

Dr. Eduardo Bisquera, OCENR assistant chief, said the Arbor Day observance will kick-off with a short opening program at 7 a.m. at the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong in the village of Pasonanca.

City Government officials and employees will join the tree planting activity to be led by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.

Bisquera added that approximately 7,000 people will participate in the celebration with government agencies, non-government organizations, students and other stakeholders attending the event.

Among the activities in the event include planting of hardwood tree species and tagging nine century and heritage trees. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)