Nayong Pilipino launches tree planting campaign

From left to right, Dr. Jovertlee Pudan, Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) Deputy Executive Director for Operations; Atti. Judy Lardizabal, FPN Board of Directors; Gertie Duran-Batocabe, Executive Director of the FPN; Major Wilfredo Ponceja of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-RJT National Capital Region (NCR); Joyce Ann Caigas, NPF Deputy Executive Director; and the sergeant. Rafael Pagulayan of AFP-RJT NCR. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

TO create an urban green space within Entertainment City in Parañaque City, the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NFP) organized a tree planting activity on Friday, March 25, in observance of National Women’s Month.

In her speech, NPF Executive Director Gertie Duran-Batocabe stressed that creating more green space should be part of the new normal.

“As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked important conversations about the importance of urban green spaces and how these should be designed to benefit people’s health and well-being. “, said Duran-Batocabe.

In 2021, the NPF opened to host the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease Quarantine Facilities and a Mega Immunization Facility to support the national government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While we are more than happy to contribute to the pandemic response, we dream of transforming this 9.5 hectare property into a cultural park and creative hub, nestled in an urban forest, incorporating 30% of space built and 70% green space design scheme,” added Duran-Batocabe.

Under the “Sambayanihan Project”, a series of activation projects for the physical development of the said property would begin throughout the year, including a series of planting activities aimed at planting 446 trees.

During the activity, seedlings of flowering trees, namely Palawan Cherry and Bolong Eta, were planted to honor women.

“Trees provide a foundation for life to flourish. They are [life-givers] and providers. In the same way, we women provide a foundation for our families and communities through our innate ability to nurture and protect,” Duran-Batocabe continued.

Thanks to these efforts, the NPF Executive Director was confident that in no time, thanks to everyone’s hard work, Nayong Pilipino would be open to the public once again.

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