Tacloban City – In cleaning and greening the resilient City of Tacloban, after it has been devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, huge greeneries and its eco environment were destroyed, Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez has pushed the Tree Planting and Growing Program which piloted Barangay Tagpuro initially last August 9, 2016 at its suburb shrub part of the barangay with the full support of the City SangguniangPanglungsod officials, department head and entire city work force.
Armed physically fit with shovel, aside from the City Hall work force, various sector of Tacloban, INGOs, and Barangay Tagpuro folks & officials, the inter-agency program has planted 500 trees of different species from Talisay, Mahogany, Bituon and Tuog to mention some.
Pag-asa, DENR, OCD, DPWH, USAID, Sangyaw Foundation, Dept. of Health, CSC, JCI, students and many more came to support Tacloban’s rehabilitation program in greening its environment.
In an interview, Mayor Cristina disclosed that the City intends to plant more trees in other barangays and fruit bearing ones which can provide food for marginalized Taclobanon.
Planting trees will spare us from flood and provide us a clean and healthy air and environment, she said.
She likewise encouraged Taclobanon to plant more trees “Kaya magtulungan tayo mag tanum hin mga kahoy para aton kaupayan” (we should help each other by planting more trees for the betterment of everybody).
The Sangguniang Panglungsod officials headed by Vice Mayor SamboYaokasin together with its council members Councilors: Vangie Esperas, Elvie Galapon, Aimee Grafil, Eden Pineda, Rachelle Pineda, RaisaVillasin and Jom Bagulaya all came to support Mayor Cristina having a shovel and a tree to plant to.
Mayor Cristina and her legislative colleague recited a poem by Jyce Kilmer entitled “TREES”. I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a TREE; a TREE whose hungry mouth is prest against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; a TREE that looks at GOD all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray; a TREE that may in summer wear a nest of robbins in her hair; upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, but only GOD can make a TREE”.
Barangay Tagpuro, the farthest last barangay north of Tacloban has increased its population brought by the resettlement of hundreds of Typhoon Yolanda survivors for permanent residency. (Gay B. Gaspay-TISAT/Kanhuraw Media Team)