CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The City Government of San Fernando and some groups are aiming to plant one million trees in three years.

The Multi Sectoral Governance Council’s (MSGC) Committee on Environmental Management, El Circulo Fernandino Foundation, Inc., and the City Government led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez are set to launch the urban greening drive on Tuesday, July 13.

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The urban greening drive will start with the “Greening of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA,” the city’s prime gateway dubbed “Ayala Avenue.”

In an exclusive interview with Sun.Star Pampanga on Tuesday, City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said that the master plan for the urban greening project has been finished.

In its first phase, non-deep rooting ornamental plants like Hawaiian, Royal Palms and other flowering plants, would cover the stretch from the Dolores Flyover to the entry and exit tolls of the North Luzon Expressway here.

He also narrated that the trees to be planted will be closely monitored by a special team. A website and a trust fund will also be created to ensure the survival of the trees.

He added that a “Legacy Tree” award will also be given to a planter for every 100 trees to grow and survive. The recognition will be given, he quipped, during the Kaganapan (cityhood) celebrations.

MSGC head Angelo David, for his part, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the urban greening drive is being funded by the El Circulo Fernandino Foundation, Inc. (Jovi T. De Leon)