THE administration of Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella still has 11 months to complete its project to plant three million trees in various locations in the city.
The City Government started its greening program in September 2019, and it conducted a massive tree planting on Oct. 5, 2019.
Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head Editha Peros said there were already around one million trees planted under her office’s covered areas.
Peros, who also heads the Parks and Playground Commission, also oversees the planting of trees and ornamental plants in parks in the city.
Peros’ estimation does not include yet the trees planted under the City Adriculture Department (CAD).
SunStar Cebu tried to reach CAD head Joelito Baclayon, but to no avail.
Peros said more than 300,000 mangrove trees were planted at the South Road Properties.
Saplings were also planted in the city’s mountain barangays that include Adlaon, Taptap, Tabunan and Lusaran.
Peros said they mostly planted timber and fruit-bearing trees.
During the budget hearing for the 2021 annual budget, Peros told the Cebu City Council that the planting of trees was hampered by the pandemic and they were only able to resume conducting the activity last December.
Peros failed to specify the budget for the program, but he said it is only “less” since most of the saplings they plant were donated by the private sector. (JJL)