Press Release: Trees for Life (July 18, 2007)

Live beyond your lifetime.
Plant a tree.

Tree Adoption ceremonies will be held at the La Mesa Dam Eco Park on July 18, beginning at 8:30 in the morning. During this time, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary Angelo Reyes of the DENR will accept the commitments of various groups and individuals who have signified their desire to plant and nurture tree seedlings in designated areas throughout the country. ‘Adoption Papers’ for the required number of ‘baby trees’ will be given to these adopting ‘tree parents’ by the President. The ‘baby trees’ will be drawn from the nurseries of the DENR and other cooperating organizations.

The Tree Adoption ceremonies on July 18 is the next step in the Trees for Life: 20 million Seedlings for Planting project which was launched on June 5, 2007, World Environment Day, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines by its joint proponents, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Green Army Philippines Foundation. Its object is to initiate a massive reforestation of denuded watersheds, depleted mangrove areas, and logged-over upland forest areas all over the Philippines. Its immediate goal is to plant 20 million tree seedlings between July and November of this year.

The Trees for Life: 20 million Seedlings for Planting project is a follow up to last year’s highly successful Green Philippines Highways project – also a joint project of the DENR and the Green Army – that saw the simultaneous planting of over 800,000 trees along 4,181 kilometers of Philippine highways from Aparri to Jolo, involving some 800,000 volunteers. The Trees for Life project, like the Green Philippines Highways project, was conceived jointly with Secretary Angelo Reyes of the DENR.

As part of the program on July 18, Fr. Satur Neri, Audie Angchangco, and other green martyrs who gave their lives to protect our forests will be remembered and honored.

The Trees for Life: 20 million Seedlings for Planting project will require a massive cooperative effort involving communities, environmentalist groups, civil society groups, religious groups, academic groups, the youth, and the business sector working side-by-side with the DENR’s regional, provincial, and municipal environmental officers.

In this connection, the Green Army and the DENR is now issuing a call to all citizens who would like to participate in this project to help restore our badly damaged environment.  

For the Trees for Life project, the Green Army is now issuing a call for 20 million volunteers to plant 20 million trees.

To participate, volunteers may register by sending the following text message from their cellphones (for both Smart and Globe users) to 5777:

GREEN(space)REG(space)firstname(slash)middleinitial(slash)lastname.

(An example is: green reg Juan/C/De la Cruz.

   They may also log on to the Green Army’s website http://www.greenarmynetwork.net and click on ‘Register’ on the right side of the menu.

The Green Army Philippines Network Foundation Inc. is a multi-sectoral coalition of environmentalist groups, civil society groups, religious groups, youth groups, business groups, and academics. It invites all citizens concerned about the environment and wanting to be involved in helping protect and preserve it to join the organization.