Sinagasa ang ulan: Albay residents plant trees on V-Day

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Residents of Legazpi City in Albay province showed their love for the environment on Valentine’s Day by planting some 4,000 trees.

Not even the rainy weather last Feb. 14 discouraged the 1,000 residents from planting the seedlings at the annual “Lakad Tanim Para sa Puso.”

Participants at the event organized by the city government included local government employees, members of the Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Information Agency and media groups (

They planted gemilina, acacia, balgang, auri, bokan and various other seedlings in a three-hectare lot owned by the city in Barangay Banquerohan.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said the planting materials were provided by the City Environment and Natural Resources and the City Agriculture Office.

He said that since 2007, the city administration has planted some 90,000 seedlings in various areas near the slopes of Mayon Volcano as well as in Lignon Hill, Legazpi golf course in Padang and other portions of the city’s southern section.

Rosal and other officials have been leading the Valentine’s Day march and tree-planting activity to promote the city’s reforestation campaign, so it could also be maintained as a “landslide-free zone.”

It was the 12th year of tree-planting that began after tropical cyclones Milenyo and Reming devastated Bicol and killed more than 1,000.

The city council made this official in 2013, when it passed a resolution declaring every Feb. 14 as Arbor Day.

Meanwhile, the mayor noted most of the seedlings planted during the initial years of the reforestation project have grown, particularly those at the top of the view deck of Lignon Hill.

“All these planted trees are gifts to our mother nature that will benefit the future generation,” he said.