On 2005, SM City Baguio planted more than 8,000 varied tree saplings and as of this year, more than 23,000 were planted in different places like Mt. Sto. Tomas, Buyog Watershed, Burnham Park, Busol Watershed, and within SM City Baguio premises.
Spearheaded by SM Prime Holdings, Inc., through SM Committee on Environment, the tree planting project is made possible through the cooperation of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO COR) and with the help of the army, air-force, 911 emergency and rescue unit, local baranggay unit, and SM City Baguio administration together with SM Department Store and Supermarket employees.
“We decided to hold Let’s Plant 50,000 Trees activity this October 24 because this day of the month has the perfect weather condition for tree planting and will help the saplings to grow better,” says Janssen Pe, SM City Mall Manager and the lead supervisor of the project.
“We will continue this commitment as long as there is a need for environmental awareness and for the purpose of sustainable development. The next tree planting will happen by next year.”
SM City Baguio is heading up for expansion and at the same time taking steps to initiate enviironmental awareness. SM City Baguio hosts their own Pine Tree Nursery where seedlings are cared and nurtured until the saplings are ready for planting.
Recently, SM City Baguio has been the subject of controversy when they announced transferring of 182 Pine Trees. Crusaders of environment held protests and rallied against this issue. SM City Baguio assured the public that what they are going to do is to transfer the trees by ‘earth-balling’ and not ‘cutting-down’ nature’s gift to Baguio, also known as the City of Pines.
The legal issue is now being heard on the regional court and the mall is presently waiting for the court’s decision regarding the fate of the 182 trees. Meanwhile, protesters continue their fight against this project and encourages more people to join there cause. One of their biggest accomplishment to date is when international rock-icon Sting, himself a warrior for the environment, cancelled his November 17 concert at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and instead change the venue to SMART Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.
According to Mall of Asia Arena, Sting was just misinformed by the reports opposing the SM City Baguio tree project. However, they (SM Management) respect the artists decision of transferring to another music and concert venue.
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Whatever happens after these issues, we are still looking forward that our environment and natural resources won’t be on the losing end. It’s not only SM City Baguio and crusaders of environment has the say for natural resource preservation. Each one of us must also be committed to advocate for environmental awareness.
As long as these issues are addressed properly in the open, it will help reach public awareness of the pros and cons of the issue. Whatever decision that the ruling court will announce, it’s for both parties to accept and respect.
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