Green Philippine Highways
Dear MFPI Members and Friends,
Yesterday, August 14, 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed between MFPI and DENR for our organizations’ participation in DENR’s Green Philippine Highways Project.
The Green Philippine Highways Project is DENR’s massive tree nurturing project that encompasses the major arteries in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao as well as major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. Initially it aims to cover:
– The 2,176 kilometer Pan-Philippine Highway that stretches from Laoag City through Cagayan to Davao City
– The 439 – kilometer Manila North Road that meanders from Laoag City through La Union to Bulacan,
– The 824 kilometer West Nautical Highway stretching from Batangas City through Mindoro, Aklan, and Negros Oriental to Sibugay and Zamboanga
– Metro Manila thoroughfares covering North Luzon Expressway from Balintawak to Quezon City to Malinta; Commonwealth Avenue from Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview going to La Mesa Dam; C-5 Road, Pasig River to entry of Luzon Expressway; and from Dela Rosa Street to Zobel Street, Makati City.
The Green Philippine Highways Project aims to arrest our deterioarating air quality. We have the second worst in the ASEAN, next only to Indonesia. As signatory to this project, I encouraged all our members and friends and anybody who cares about the quality of the air we breathe, to participate in this project. Initially, a 250 meter stretch in C-5 has been assigned to MFPI as planting site. But any organization is welcome to adopt any other identified areas. DENR will provide the seedlings while the adoptor organizations will take care of nurturing the tree as well as the cost of the signage.
The Project will kick off on August 25, 2006 with a nationwide tree planting activity. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will lead the ceremony in kilometer 0 in Luneta. Church bells from all over the country will ring to signify the start of the activity. Anyone who wants to join MFPI in its assigned area in C-5, please contact me personally.
We will be posting more information at the MFPI Website but any inquiries can be sent privately to my email address.
I look forward to your support to this project.