It is the local government’s way of urging newlyweds to be more responsible for the environment and make tree planting more symbolic.
“I would tell them that planting a tree is like taking care of a relationship. You must be responsible and be prepared to take care of the tree regularly. It grows as their relationship grows deeper,” Torres said.
Torres said that he gives away tree saplings like mango, langka and santol so that these could be more useful to the family in the future. At least close to 100 couples have been given fruit trees by the mayor since he started his term.
Aside from this, tree planting activities in several barangays were also conducted in the past months in a bid to introduce trees in areas that experience massive flooding every year.