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PBBM leads nationwide bamboo, tree planting on 65th birthday

SAN MATEO, Rizal (PIA)-- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. began his special day today, his 65th birthday, with the kick-off ceremony of the nationwide bamboo and tree planting activity in Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo, Rizal.
In his message, President Marcos said he decided to celebrate his birthday in a meaningful manner through the tree planting ceremony under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of the Interior and Local Government's “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan” tree planting initiative.
The President said he considers the activity to be symbolic because the Old San Mateo Sanitary Landfill which used to be an eyesore and environmental disaster area will now be utilized for the government's National Greening Program.
"The National Greening Program will generate jobs, will generate opportunities, and will generate livelihood for our countrymen," the President said.
The DENR’s greening program seeks to develop 46,265 hectares of reforestation sites in 2022, to be included in more than two million hectares of reforestation sites established from 2011 to 2021.
“More than the economic benefit of this activity, we are essentially and primarily investing in ensuring that our planet remains a safe space,” the President added.
He was gifted with a cake after leading the ceremonial tree planting where he planted ‘Kawayang Tinik’ (Bambusa blumeana) commonly used as culms for construction, basketry, furniture, parquets, chopsticks, fences and as vegetable for its young shoots.
President Marcos also thanked government agencies, local government units and civil society organizations for their valuable contributions in protecting the environment through the tree planting activity.
More than 8,000 seedlings and bamboo planting stocks will be planted in the CALABARZON region.
According to the DENR - CALABARZON, around 2,000 bamboo plants and 100 fruit-bearing trees will be planted in San Mateo alone.
DENR utilized 'kawayang tinik' bamboo variants for the activity which are capable of absorbing heavy metals and methane found in landfills.
President Marcos was joined by DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, Rizal Governor Nina Ricci Ynares, Rizal 3rd District Representative Jose Arturo "Jojo" Garcia and San Mateo Mayor Bartolome Rivera Jr., and other local officials at the nationwide kickoff. (GG/PIA-Rizal with reports from DENR CALABARZON)

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