- Borongan City has started requiring couples applying for marriage license to plant trees
- The first soon-to-be married couples who participated found the activity worthwhile
- Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda said the initiative was in support of the Department of Budget and Management’s ”Green, Green, Green” program
The local government of Borongan City has now required couples applying for a marriage license to plant 5 ‘barok’ trees first.
Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda has ordered the City Population Office to require all soon-to-be married couples to plant trees in designated areas identified by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.
The initiative was in support of the government’s reforestation efforts and the beautification program of the city.
By planting more trees, it will help create greener public spaces in support of the Department of Budget and Management’s ”Green, Green, Green” program.
Jay-Ar Tavera and his soon-to-be wife, Creightania Coles, were among the first couples to participate in the initiative. They planted their trees at Baybay Boulevard. The groom-to-be shared how glad they were to support the efforts of the local government.
He said, “We were happy when we learned about this project. This initiative is really good. We are believers that we should take care of our environment.”
“We may not see it now because the trees are still small, but I’m pretty sure 5 to 10 years from now, we would see the effect of what the project has done,” he added.
Another couple, Estephine Joy Ecle and her partner Jaime Basilga, Jr. also found the activity worthwhile. “We enjoyed planting trees and it is also a form of bonding before we get married,” said Ecle.
The program was lauded by many netizens for its good intentions.
A netizen wrote, “Love the idea of planting trees. It will help to protect the environment and the coastal area of Samar. But also the newlyweds can share their stories to their children.”