Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya. For the first time and not the usual way, the Local Government Unit of Villaverde celebrated the Advent Season through a “Christmas Tree Planting” last December 23, 2013 (Monday) held at Balaquit SWIP or the Villaverde Diamond Ecopark at Bintawan Norte, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya. The activity was conceptualized in order to give back to nature and to show sympathy to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, Bohol Earthquake, and Zamboanga siege.
The celebration started with the registration of 220 participants from the Municipal officials and employees, PNP, MLGOO, barangay officials, senior citizens, LBL, Amaranth, and guests from partner agencies such as DENR-CENRO Bayombong and PLGU-ENRO. It was followed by the tree planting of 100 coconut, 150 mahogany, 100 coffee, and 100 guayabano seedlings. Each participant brought their own tree guards for the two seedlings planted by them.
After the tree planting, the program proper was held. The welcome remarks was delivered by Hon. Alexander Urban, SB Member and Committee Chairman on Environment and Natural Resources. He welcomed the participants and presented the ordinances and resolutions made by the Sangguniang Bayan relative to environment especially the legitimization of the Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) of the municipality. Hon. Atty. Ronelie U. Valtoribio, the Municipal Mayor and prime advocate of the Re-Greening Villaverde Project (RVP) provided the opening remarks by thanking the participants in joining the activity. The year-end report of the MENRO Section and the MDRRMC were delivered by Mr. Fernando S. Agraan, MENRO Designate and Mr. Cecilio S. Navalta Jr., MDRRMO Designate, respectively.
For.Victoriano Obeña, Forestry Specialist of DENR-CENRO Bayombong and For. Romulo Camat, Division Chief for Watershed Development of PLGU-ENRO gave their inspirational messages to the participants. They extended the support and commitments for the implementation of the newly approved Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) of the municipality. The program ended through a closing message given by Hon. Kruwel JD. Dacumos, Vice-Mayor.
After the program, a sacrificial lunch was held and the Christmas gift giving to the participants by Mayor Valtoribio.