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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Palm City of the Philippines... and of the world?

In the beginning of 2009, a distance of almost 60 kilometers was planted of palm trees in Tagum City that visibly beautified the entire city. The City Government of Tagum headed by Mayor Rey T. Uy is the one who overlook the management of all these palms thru the City Environment and Natural Resources Office or otherwise known as CENRO.

Tagum City was declared the Palm City of the Philippines by virtue of City Ordinance No. 280 series of 2008 during the incumbency of the 4th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Allan L. Rellon, MPA last May 12, 2008.

There are many
varieties of Palm Trees and some of that can already be seen in our city like the Royal Palm, Red Palm, Bunga Palm , Lequala Palm, Seifrizii Palm, Phoenix Palm, Madagascar Palm, King Palm, Mc Arthur Palm, Velvet Palm, Bismarck Palm, Queensland Palm, Spindle Palm, Cocotrinax Palm, Pacifica Palm, Fish Tail Palm, Phoenix Loureiri Palm and other palm species.

As of this year almost 12,000 palm were already planted all over the city to include the national highways, provincial and barangay roads, parks and plazas, residential subdivisions, schools and other key places were planted with different species of palm trees.

The City Government of Tagum approved the protection of the palm trees and other plants as embodied in Section 5 of City Ordinance No. 222 series of 2006 which state that, no cutting, destroying or injuring of planted trees, shrubs, palms and ornamental plants along public roads, in plazas, parks or in any other public ground shall be permitted except when the cutting, destroying or injuring of the same is necessary for public safety, infrastructure development or such pruning or same is necessary to enhance its beauty, or and only upon the recommendation of the committee. The cutting, destroying or pruning shall be under the supervision of the committee subject to the provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines on property relation. And Section 6 of the said ordinance states that There shall be a penalty of Two Thousand (Php2,000.00) Pesos for any violation committed of this Ordinance.

More than its impact on environment and aesthetic greenery, palm roots do not destruct infrastructures especially the roadsides and parks of the City.
Palms are almost maintenance free because it doesn’t need to be pruned unlike other trees which falling branches becomes hazardous and risky to lives of the people and could contribute to the power interruptions due to branches reaching the power lines.

According to our Bishop
Wilfredo Manlapaz of the Archdiocese of Tagum, he has toured different cities around the world but nowhere he can find palm trees as many as Tagum City. In that case, maybe in the future we can claim our city to be the Palm Capital of the World.
(Photo Courtesy: Bryan Jimenez, CIO, IT Office)

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