Mayor Lazatin urges Angeleños to plant trees in their homes

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. has encouraged Angeleños to establish their own garden in their household to aid the city government’s mitigation plan to address the extreme heat index being experienced now. 

According to Mayor Lazatin, residents of Angeles City can avail free seedlings of lemon, atis, guyabano, santol, langka, kamansi, papaya, and kalamansi to start up their own urban garden.

“Hinihikayat ko po ang ating mga kababayan na magtanim. Libre po na pinapamigay ang mga seedlings natin sa City Agriculture Office at puwede po silang kumuha roon,” Lazatin said.

55,000 ornamental, herbal, fruit-bearing, vegetable, and forestry plants or trees are available at the City Agriculture Office, Lazatin furthered.

Angeleños can come visit the City Agriculture Office at City Hall, from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to avail the free seedlings.

Lazatin added that the city government also provides free fertilizers to residents.

To recall, the city government, Department of Education, and other non-government organizations are set to plant 50,000 seedlings beginning in May in view of the extensive reforestation efforts at the Angeles City Watershed.

“We will exhaust all our efforts to do the best we can in promoting a greener, cooler, and sustainable environment here in our city,” Lazatin said.

“Napakalaking ambag po nito para sa atin, lalo na sa mga susunod na henerasyon,” Lazatin added. “Lalo na ngayon po sa napakainit na panahon.”

Mayor Lazatin also issued a marching order to plant seedlings in open spaces owned by the city government and public schools in the city.

Among the seedlings to be planted are narra, molave, dau, poay, bamboo, Palawan cherry blossom, balibago, bitaug, tinik, dita, white lawan, kamagong, kiling, malaruat, toog, malalangka, malabulak, dungon, and ipil; and assorted fruit-bearing trees consisting of mulberry, guava, anunas, guyabano, jackfruit, atis, lipote, mandgoes, duhat, kamansi, santol, kasoy, avocado, macopa, chesa, American lemon, and rambutan.

This initiative, Lazatin furthered, will increase our green cover and promote a cooler environment, serving to safeguard the well-being of the public as well as a proactive approach to climate resilience.

As the city-wide tree planting gets underway, Lazatin underscores this commitment, which is in need of a collective community effort to combat these environmental challenges.