Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI celebrated Philippine Arbor Day through a tree planting activity at Brgy. Marahan, Marilog District. Foresters from DENR-XI headed by Assistant Regional Executive Director (ARED) for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip joined the activity and planted 200 seedlings of coffee and 800 seedlings of Cacao within the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in Marilog District.
Said participants are also members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI).
In the Philippines, Arbor Day was declared through Proclamation No. 30 by former President Manuel Roxas in 1947, to be held every second Saturday of September of each year in schools and communities. Most recently, it was revived through Republic Act 10176 or the Arbor Day Act of 2012 when President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law a bill reviving tree-planting day as a yearly event.
Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 of each year by planting trees, ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.
Arbor Day, which comes from the Latin word “arbor” meaning tree, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sectors, schools, civil society groups, and the citizenry are enjoined.