Five hundred (500) seedlings of kupang and fire trees were planted by the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) on August 9, 2018 in Sitio Suha, San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan.
The DENR City Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) of Guiguinto, Bulacan thru CENR Officer Roger V. Encarnacion assisted the ECC, headed by Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis and 61 employees of the Commission.
According to the DENR-CENRO, kupang and fire trees are species of fast-growing trees. The Kupang Tree is a very large medicinal tree growing to a height of 25 to 40 meters and common in forests at low and medium altitudes. Fire tree, on the other hand, is a large deciduous tree growing in open, free-draining, sandy or loamy soil enriched with organic matter. While kupang tree is prominent for medicinal identity, fire tree is known for ornamental value and as a shade tree.
The said tree planting activity is in pursuance of DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2011-11 of the National Greening Program, which requires all government employees to plant a minimum of 10 seedlings per year. Furthermore, the initiative promotes ECC-Green Our DOLE Program (ECC-GODP) as part of the Commission’s environmental responsibility.
More than the memorandum’s mandate, the ECC promotes tree planting campaign as one of the many ways to express love for the country and in saving the future generation considering that the country is prone to different natural disasters.
The ECC continues to abide by the legal and moral responsibilities with the DENR by supporting and participating in its campaigns and programs aimed at protecting and conserving the nature.
Want to know more about the Employees’ Compensation Program? Email ECC at email@example.com or call 899-4251 local 227 for free on-site seminars.
End./Frances Jermaine Gonzales