Philippine Arbor Day

MANILA, Philippines --- To develop greater awareness on the importance of the role of trees in environmental health and human life, June 25 was declared Philippine Arbor Day by Presidential Proclamation 396. As in previous years, the event will be celebrated today with nationwide tree and ornamental plants planting activities led by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, supported by local government units, civil society groups, schools, and other public and private organizations.

Studies have shown that trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people's lives including their health, homes, businesses, communities, drinking water, and air quality. The value of trees continues to increase and more benefits from trees are being discovered. Our streets, parks, playgrounds, and backyards are lined with trees that create a peaceful, pleasing environment. Many neighborhoods have very old trees that serve as historic landmarks and are a source of town pride.

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.

On Philippine Arbor Day let us all do our share in activities that include planting and caring for trees for a healthier ecosystem for the Philippines.

We congratulate the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources led by Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, Undersecretaries Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., Atty. Analiza R. Teh, Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr., and Manuel D. Gerochi, other Officials and Employees on the occasion of Philippine Arbor Day. The Manila Bulletin led by its Chairman Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!

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