MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On Tuesday, September 13, President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. led the way in conducting the simultaneous national bamboo and tree planting event in San Mateo, Rizal, in celebration of his 65th birthday.
See the tree planting campaign led by President Marcos Jr. below:
The president referred to the tree-planting initiative as a “simple yet significant endeavor” in his speech to promote environmental protection.
“The challenges we fought recently highlighted that we have one Earth. Therefore, we must spare no effort to ensure that it survives in the coming years,” Marcos said.
The president said that the environment “desperately needs attention” and that the national tree-planting campaign will assist. He also noted that because environmental protection has positive economic implications, it is one of his administration’s top goals.
“During my address in the State of the Nation, I made it clear: ‘Preserving the environment is nothing less than preserving life.’ And therefore, it can only be one of our important priorities if we wish to ensure that our plans for the country’s economy will succeed,” he added.
As part of the tree-planting initiatives led by the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG), the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other local authorities planted their bamboo shoots.
The landfill was chosen for Indonesian bamboo, also known as “Kawayang Tinik,” because of its capacity to “absorb heavy metals” and its vast range of everyday uses.
The president will also likely take charge of a birthday celebration program that involves gift-giving at the White Cross Orphanage in San Juan City.
In Calabarzon, the tree-planting campaign seeks to plant more than 8,000 seedlings and bamboo planting stocks.
On Monday, September 12, before President Marcos Jr.’s birthday, he signed Executive Order No. (EO) 3, which allows citizens to use facemasks outdoors voluntarily. –WhatALife!/Brix
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