Baguio City council approves SOBER ordinance

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio City Council has approved “Save Our Baguio Environment Resources (SOBER)” ordinance that requires first time enrollees in public or private elementary schools, high schools and colleges to plant a tree before acceptance in the schools they will enroll in.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Edgar Avila, intends to urge the citizenry to join hands with the local government unit (LGU) in a massive reforestation program for and in Baguio City.

In its explanatory clause, Avila stated that the ordinance will eventually bring back Baguio City’s glory and luster as the “City of Pines”.

The ordinance is geared towards attaining to, once again, make Baguio City the “Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines”.

Baguio City was a “Hall of Famer” bagging the crown three years in a row in the 1990s.

As a policy, as provided for under Section 2 of the ordinance, all first time enrollees shall be required to plant one pine tree at a designated area and present a certificate as a requirement for acceptance.

Under Section 3, the required certificate shall be issued upon inspection and verification by the City Environment and Parks Management Officer (CEPMO).

Avila stated that the reforestation program and this ordinance will be a legacy which may be transferred from one generation to another. Jojo Lamaria/