by Richard Gappi
Employees from various offices of the Municipality of Angono planted 150 trees this morning, June 25, in Sitio Labahan, Barangay San Isidro, where the town’s Materials Recovery Facility is located.
The activity serves as the town’s response to President Noynoy Aquino’s call and greening program contained in Presidential Proclamation 396 declaring June 25 annually as “Philippine Arbor Day”.
The proclamation aims to develop greater awareness on the importance of the role of trees in environmental health and human life.
A Manila Bulletin editorial on June 24 noted that there have been “studies showing that trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people’s lives including their health, homes, businesses, communities, drinking water, and air quality.”
“Trees are essential to the eco-systems in which they grow. Far-reaching roots hold soil in place and fight erosion. We get food, medicine, wood, and shelter from trees. They absorb and store rainwater, replenishing the ground water supply and preventing flooding. Fallen trees make compost that enriches the soil. Trees help keep things cool during summer, and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by producing oxygen and keeping down carbon levels,” the editorial noted.
Mayor Gerry Calderon said planting trees around the MRF will prevent soil erosion at the MRF area, which is located in a plateau and sandwiched by Angono’s mountainous areas.
The MRF is also beside the Angono River.
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