The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 through the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) initiated a two-day tree growing activity at Barangay Gaas, Balamban, Cebu, and Brgy Kabangkalan, Tuburan, Cebu respectively on February 3 and 4, 2021.
On 3 February, PRO7 Chief PBGEN Ronnie Montejo was joined in the tree planting activity with DENR7 Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. together with the concerned Local Government Units, Amigo Cops, employees from the Central Cebu Protected Landscape, and PENRO Cebu led by Jose Cleo Cary Colis.
The PRO 7 remains steadfast to its core value of Makakalikasan (environment-friendly) centered on respect for private/public properties and protection and conservation of the environment to maintain ecological balance. The tree growing activity showcased the importance of promoting environmental conservation in Central Visayas. And also acknowledges the importance of cooperation in order to achieve the goals of the PNP Chief's initiative and also supports DENR in achieving the objectives of its respective mandates.
RED Melicor in his message expressed his gratitude to PRO7 for making this commendable movement, “DENR is always grateful for the partnership especially in protecting and conserving the environment through this tree planting activity which will be our statement of advocacy.”
A total of 300 fruit-bearing plants were planted in Brgy Gaas and 150 timber species were planted in Brgy Kabangkalan, Tuburan led by PCOL Aladdin Collado was attended and supported by the Chiefs of the Local Government Unit of Tuburan, Cebu Mayor Danilo Diamante, and Vice Mayor Aljun Diamante. The same tree planting activity is done in the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.
In a short message, PRO 7 Gen Ronnie Montejo said, “may this movement through PNP advocacy serve as an instrument of change, along with other citizens with the same vision of making the Philippines a better place to live.”
All tree growing activities were capped off with a Pledge of Commitment on which the heads of offices affix their signatures to show their heartfelt commitment which states that they faithfully commit to their hearts to plant more trees and participate in various activities that help protect, maintain, and give back to the environment on which we all rely on for survival.