Jaro archdiocese to plant 150k trees

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Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.; Msgr. Higinio Velarde; and DENR Regional Director James Sampulna ink a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) requiring Iloilo faithful to plant trees before contracting marriage, among other Catholic rites. (Photo: Iloilo Provincial Government)

MANILA, Oct. 8, 2015— A Catholic archdiocese wants to plant 150,000 trees in the province of Iloilo over the next year.

Early this year, the Archdiocese of Jaro has signed an agreement with the Iloilo provincial government which requires soon-to-wed couples to plant trees before they get married.

In line with the archdiocese’s 350th anniversary on Nov. 17, the church has set another challenge in response to Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si.
Jaro archdiocesan social action director Msgr. Meliton Oso said the initial 5,000 saplings will be planted on Nov. 14 around Mt. Upaw in San Dionisio town.

He said the trees will be planted and nursed by residents in the area.

“All parishes are encouraged to do the same, in collaboration with local government then residents of the nearby barangay would be given the opportunity to harvest the fruit trees,” Oso told Radio Veritas.

Meanwhile, the local church has also joined efforts in urging nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by leading a signature campaign in the province.

“We are pushing also the signature campaign promoted by Global Catholic Climate Change Movement in time for the conference in Paris,” Oso said.

He added they are also facilitating lectures to give the faithful a deeper understanding about the encyclical as well as to create awareness on environmental issues. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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