The government of Cebu City will plant three million seedlings to fight climate change in the next three years.
Moreover, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella would like to witness a ‘green city’ before his first term will end (June 2022).
“We will introduce the ‘Green Cebu City Stewards’ that will consist of forest rangers, river patrol, and coastal patrol. These stewards are tasked to coordinate all efforts of mountain barangays, river barangays, and coastal barangays in the implementation of forest, river, and coastal programs and laws,” Mayor Labella said in the report from Philstar.
During the launching of Kakahuyan Alang Sa Kaugmaon” program, mayor said that the city should not stop in protecting its natural resources.
He emphasized that “the environment must grow alongside the city’s growth and it is high time for the city to already rebuild its lost natural resources”.
The event was spearheaded by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), last Saturday night, September 28.
“Cebu City’s ‘Kakahuyan Alang Sa Kaugmaon’ campaign will start with the planing of a million seedlings on October 5. The activity will especially be focused at the South Road Properties, along the Guadalupe riverbank and in the mountain barangay of Taptap,” Cebu Daily News Inquirer reported.
Further, indigenous seedlings like narra, bamboo and ornamental trees will be planted.
“At least 10,000 volunteers coming from various organizations in the city and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have made to commitment to join the tree planting activity,” Mayor Labella said.
Apart from planting seedlings to fight climate change, Lawyer John Jigo Dacua, CENRO head, emphasized that the program will include the monitoring activity of the plants in order to make sure that the seedlings will grow.
“The mayor will be releasing an executive order forming the Green Cebu City Task Force, where I will be the chairman. We will supervise this project,” Dacua stated.
Respectively, a botanist will also be hired to serve as the consultant of the program.
“I will also be creating a group that will act as stewards of the seedlings that City Hall volunteers planted. The group will consist of forest rangers and river and coastal patrol personnel whose main task is to watch over Cebu City’s forests, rivers, and coastal areas,” Mayor Labella said.