Let’s live-up to its name! Make Villaverde Green!
555,555 Fruit Trees by 2012 (55th Founding Anniversary)
Global Warming is the gravest threat to the survival of mankind. The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole, and everywhere in between. Globally, the mercury is already up more than 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) and even more in sensitive polar regions. And the effects of rising temperatures aren’t waiting for some far-flung future. They’re happening right now. Signs are appearing all over and some of them are surprising. Hurricanes and storms are likely to become stronger. Floods (La Ni?a) and drought (El Ni?o) are now common. The heat is not only melting glaciers and sea ice, it’s also shifting precipitation patterns and setting animals on the move.
What will we do now to slow this “warming’ How will we cope up with the changes we’ve already set in motion? While we struggle to figure it all out, the face of the Earth as we know it- coast, forest, farms and snow-capped mountains- hangs in the balance.
We need to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and/or absorb gases already in the atmosphere. We can do this by planting trees.
In line with Memorandum circular No. 2011-21 of the Department of Interior and Local Government encouraging LGU’s to support the Billion Trees-a Philippine Imperative Program, MAYOR RONELIE U. VALTORIBIO, prime advocate of Greening Villaverde and food sustainability, initiated a bold move: Planting of 555,555 Fruit Bearing Trees within the municipality by September 3, 2012 (55th Founding Anniversary of the Municipality).
What is the program?
It is the overall strategy to encourage participation of Municipal Officials and Employees, Barangay Councils, Schools, Private or Non-Government Organizations and residents of Villaverde(555,555 Trees on its 55th Founding Anniversary)
Tree for Life
For every 100.00 aid from the Municipality, recipient is required to plant 1 Fruit Bearing Tree within his backyard. Before one can avail of aid, he must secure a certification from MENRO that he has planted the corresponding FBT. Recipients should take care of the planted FBT so he can avail of another aid in the future. Aids also include subsidized seeds, Tilapia Fingerlings, Vegetable Seeds and Animal dispersals extended by the Municipal Agriculture Office, Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Department of Agrarian Reform, PHILHEALTH Indigency Program Beneficiaries, ambulance users.
Pre-requisite of MTOP, Business Permits, Mayor’s Clearances, Police Clearances, Zoning Certifications and Building Permit is a planted FBT. Certifications and Permits can only be issued upon submission of a Certification from the Barangay Captain and the MENRO.
Tree of Love
Every couple applying for a Marriage License is required to plant 2 FBT before their ML can be issued. ML can only be issued upon submission of a Certification from the Barangay Captain and the MENRO. This also includes Couples on Mass Wedding.
Tree for the Future
Our children hold the future of our municipality. Thus, for every child born in Villaverde, the parents are required to plant a FBT before the child could be registered at the MCR Office. This also includes mobile registration registrants.
Tree of Peace and Understanding
All found violating Municipal/Provincial ordinances, all those who bring grievances for mediation to the DSWD and PNP and Juvenile Delinquents are required to Plant a FBT. This endeavor shall be supervised by the PNP and DSWD.
Tree to Excellence
Before one can enroll in Elementary or High School, an enrollee should plant a FBT within the designated area of the School. Enrollees in Elementary shall be assisted by their parents and help them to care for the planted FBT. This FBT is one of the requisite for graduation. All Graduates for SY 2010-2011 are also required to plant a Fruit Bearing Tree.
School Tree Park Competition
It aims to encourage schools whether public or private in the municipality to attest certain areas within the school premises for development as a tree park. (See separate guidelines)
Households are required to plant a tree within the area designated by the Municipal Government. 4,130 households are enjoined to plant trees on June 25, 2011 Philippines Arbor Day, September 3, 2011 and September 3, 2012 for the MASS TREE PLANTING. Non Government Organizations are also enjoined to participate on this endeavor. The tree shall be named to the Family or organization they represent.
Every Barangay shall maintain or rehabilitate /establish the following in return to the aid they get from the municipality. (25,000 Trees/Barangay)
a. Reforestation- a rehabilitation program that uses mainly native species of trees. For this purpose of this strategy, this may mean or may include nursery operations, plantation establishment and forest enhancements and maintenance in upland areas designated as timberland or forest land.
b. Riverbanks and creek side protection- Purposely established to protect riverbanks and creek side.
Urban Greening- this may include roadside tree plantation, barangay tree parks and barangay tree plantation.
555,555 Fruit Bearing Trees by September 3, 2012 is only the beginning.
Trees will conserve the biodiversity of our ecosystem and in the end, will help save lives and protect food security. Help us create awareness for the environment. Plant now to preserve our future.