PILI, Camarines Sur ---- While trying to beat a slot for the Guinness World Book of World Records by overpowering India for its record of 50 million trees, the local government of Camarines Sur also wants to send a message of hope for a greener province by showcasing the importance of flora and more vegetation to our environment.
This message did not only capture the support of the local constituents of Camarines Sur but other organizations as well who have already pledged their support and commitment to simultaneously plant trees on February 23.
The provincial government of Camarines Sur launched the El Verde Movement specifically to encourage people in curbing the ill effects of climate change and regain the green panoramic site that Bikol once enjoyed. The movement will focus on a continuous undertaking to plant trees, commercial or fruit-bearing in various strategic sites in the province, aiming to hit a total of 12 million trees until 2012.
A total of 768 government agencies already pledged their participation and guaranteed an active participation of their employees during the planting activity. Members of the academe, representatives from socio and civic organizations, not to mention private individuals also showed their willingness to be a part of this historic event.
One of the participating groups is the Sarong Banggui Organization, Intl. (SBOI) a non profit socio-cultural organization composed of thousands of Bikolanos all over the world, committed to respond to the calls and needs of its community and directs its initiative in carrying out programs for the development of its members and the society, particularly promoting themselves as stewards of the environment.
The Philippine Judges Association also gave their word of commitment to look for a lot where they will nurture the seedlings for the next two years after it was planted. The Archdiocese of Caceres, under the headship of His Excellence, Most Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi and the Archdiocese of Libmanan also pledged their support along with other parishes in their district. (PIA CAMARINES SUR)