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BARANGAY officials in Cebu City were called on to mobilize their constituents for the One Billion Trees program of the national government scheduled on June 25.

The Cebu City Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) called on all 80 barangay captains to participate in the program which also seeks to establish a Guinness World Record for most trees planted.

All residents and owners of business establishments are encouraged to join in planting trees in their backyard, residential and business frontage in support of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) project.

The DILG tapped 42,025 barangays in the country including Cebu City to join in the synchronized planting of trees on June 25, also known as Philippine Arbor Day.

Cebu City councilor and ABC president Michael Ralota asked the City Agriculture Department to prepare the seedlings to be distributed in different sitios in the city and give technical advice on how to plant and care for them.

The DILG in a memorandum circular issued last February 9 by Secretary Jesse Robredo asked the barangay captains to inform and lead their constituents on the tree-planting aimed at helping resolve global warming.

Ralota proposed a city ordinance granting 10 percent real property tax incentives once every three years to owners of vacant or idle lots who plant trees in their properties. To qualify for the tax incentives, Ralota said the lot owner should file an application to the City Agriculturist’s Office and the City Treasurer’s Office to inform them of their intent to plant trees. The kind, location and the date it was sowed should be declared. The trees should be at least three-feet in height to avail of the incentive.