Metro Manila, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) joined the simultaneous tree planting activity at the La Mesa Watershed Reservation, Quezon City on September 13, 2022.

Said activity was a joint undertaking of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Many are hopeful as the 12th year of the National Greening Program (NGP), now the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), is being celebrated along with the birthday of the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who also led the same ceremonial activity at the main site in Old San Mateo Sanitary Landfill in Rizal together with DILG Secretary Benjur Abalos and DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga.

To kick off said event, DOLE-NCR Regional Director Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol showed full support and positivity through her message to all the participants.

“I hope that these seeds that we will plant ay lumago at dumami pa at sana ay hindi pa ito ang huling proyekto,” she said.

“We are always in support of DENR and the other agencies kaya po nandito kami ngayon,” added the DOLE-NCR chief. The regional office has been consistent in joining the tree planting activities to support the continuation of the massive reforestation undertaking in the country; thus, the Department’s hopeful message about the future of the program.

Aside from DOLE-NCR, other government agencies were also present, including the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP); Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); and Market Development and Administration (MDAD)––all of which helped in reaching the target of 3,000 planted seedlings.

“Aalagaan po natin ang natitirang green spaces hindi lamang po rito kundi pati na rin sa buong Metro Manila,” said Ms. Aida Esguerra, Chief of Conservation and Development Division at DENR.

Said endeavor was also in line with the impending possibility of completely losing the forests in our country. Little by little, with everybody working collectively for the same cause, Esguerra believes that the environment will be restored.

After the orientation and messages from the representatives, all participants headed to La Mesa Eco Park for the actual tree planting.

Ultimately, government agencies are not just exerting effort for such causes because of the existing mandate. More than the act of complying, caring for the environment and taking necessary actions are basic responsibilities that everybody should practice in order to truly achieve the kind of future that the Filipinos deserve––one that’s green and clean.

END / Esteban Chua, Jr.