With ardor and pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2011-21, the City Government of Parañaque, headed by Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. adopted the “Billion Trees” Program and started its local implementation in Brgy. Don Bosco, this city during the annual celebration of Philippines Arbor Day on June 25, 2011.
“Billion Trees” is a program of the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) Love Foundation chaired by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno. It aims to plant billion trees following the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere that cause global warming.
Tasked to coordinate program implementation in the city, Parañaque Agriculture Officer Fe Ferolino and Special Services Officer Dean Calleja distributed 960 forest and fruit tree seedlings to the four participating barangays, namely Don Bosco, San Antonio, San Isidro and Sto. Niño.
Prior to “Billion Trees”, young Ilang-ilangs and Eucalyptus were planted in elevated traffic center islands along Dr. A. Santos Avenue under the Cleanliness and Beautification Program chaired by Mdm. Ma. Fe Bernabe. Apart from purifying the air, these trees, along with mainstay Bougainvilleas, Acacias and Prosperity Trees are a welcome sight to motorists and pedestrians and serve safety purposes by deterring jaywalkers.