Couple goals: Husband plants trees with wife to celebrate her 75th birthday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019   •   612

Jose Jr. surprised his wife Teresa with a tree planting activity for her 75th birthday. Despite the uphill climb, the couple successfully reached the top of the mountain, and proceeded with tree planting and nurturing.  (Courtesy: Masungi Georeserve)

The couple smiled triumphantly to the camera while showing the contribution they made to preserve the forest.

Jose Jr. surprised his wife, Teresa to a tree planting activity in Masungi Georeserve in Rizal to celebrate her 75th birthday last October.

Despite the steep and long travel, they were able to reach the top of the mountain, proving that love can really conquer mountains.

They were able to share their love for each other to the environment by doing their part to save it.

“They celebrated Teresa’s birthday by leaving a lasting legacy. Moments like this show that anyone, no matter what age, can contribute to the movement to restore our forests,” according to the post of Masungi Georeserve.—AAC

DPWH to open Katipunan Avenue bypass road before the end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Katipunan Avenue bypass road will open by the end of 2021.

The Katipunan Avenue bypass road, according to the DPWH, is already 70% complete. Once opened, it will shorten travel time from Quezon City to Rizal province from more than one hour to 40 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said motorists from Rizal can traverse the new bypass road instead of plying through Commonwealth to ease traffic.

“This will benefit Quezon city, Marikina, Rizal it’s an alternative route and its a new alignment in Metro Manila,” he said.

Around 10,000 motorists are estimated to benefit from the bypass road once it is opened to the public. The DPWH also said motorists do not need to pay any toll fees the road becomes operational. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

PNP denies MNLF recruitment in Rizal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 28, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there is a recruitment of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Rizal province.

This was after 35 individuals, allegedly affiliated with the MNLF, were arrested by authorities in Upper Barangay Guinayang in San Mateo, Rizal.

PNP chief PGen. Debold Sinas said they did not receive any new information regarding recruitments in the province.

“Wala po. Wala po. I don’t confirm it until otherwise na may mga bagong development po o bagong ebidensya. Ay wala po kaming natanggap na report doon (No [there are no recruitments]. I don’t confirm it until otherwise, there are new developments or evidence. But we haven’t received any reports),” he said.

In a phone interview, Rizal PNP Provincial Director PCol. Joseph Arguelles said the information they received after the arrest of the said individuals has, so far, prove that they are not regular members of the said group.

“Iyong affiliation with MNLF, we are still validating. Pero base sa mga information na nakukuha namin they are not regular members of the MNLF (We are still validating their affiliation with the MNLF but based on the information we have, they are not regular members of the MNLF),” he said.

Based on their investigation, Arguelles said, the arrested individuals are being used by land grabbers to protect their land.

“Nilalagay sila doon with the promise na bibigyan sila ng P300,000 after the training prior to the deployment to Mindanao. But according sa truce natin wala naman nang pwedeng maidagdag na camp ang MNLF (They are placed there with the promise they will receive P300,000 after the training prior to the deployment to Mindanao.But according to our truce, the MNLF cannot have additional camps),” he said.

The arrested individuals are headed by Lydia Panuelo and Edwin Malubay who are both retired Master Sergeant of the Philippine Air Force (PAF); and Jose Joamirmel Laroya who is an alleged member of the MNLF.

Authorities also seized several ammunitions and firearms, including various military uniforms. -AAC (with reports from lea Ylagan)

House approves bill requiring planting of trees for issuance of building permits

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) on Tuesday evening (November 24) approved another bill mandating the planting of trees, this time as a requisite for the issuance of building permits.

With 238 affirmative votes and no negative vote House Bill 7763 was approved on third and final reading.

House Bill 7763 or ‘An Act Mandating the Submission of a Tree Planting Plan as a Requirement for the Application of Building Permits’ seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve the environment for present and future generations.

It also mandates the planting of trees for any construction of residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings.

The plan should specify a tree-planting site within a property and should contain information on the total area of the project, layout and the number of trees to be planted.

House Bill No. 7763 followed two other measures that require the planting of trees as a requirement in government transactions.

The other two measures were House Bill No. 6930 which mandates parents to plant two trees for every child born and House Bill No. 6931 which seeks to require students in the elementary to college levels of education to plant two trees in order to graduate.

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