80,000 students organized for ‘Green Friday’
Butuan City – The Region-13 offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13), and the Department of Education (DepEd-13), together with the city government here launched the “Green Friday” project that aims to mobilize about 80,000 high school students to plant tree seedlings every Friday at designated planting areas.
The participation of the students from the various public schools is a key factor in greening the city’s 86 barangays (villages).
Every student will be required to participate in the tree-planting activities as part of their compliance to the “Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan” subject.
According to City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., “the youth must be convinced to set aside a seed to raise and grow, in line with the vision of transforming this city into a Mecca of forest resources by the year 2020, and the country’s ‘Forest City.’”
“We will do everything possible to restore the glory of Butuan City once dubbed ‘Timber City of the South,” he said.
During the opening of “Green Friday,” Amante encouraged the students, and all Butuanons, to collect any kind of seed, and bring them to the DENR Macrosomatic and Clonal Center in Barangay Buod, or to the city government where these seeds will be germinated using proper technology.