The Oct. 7 activity was held in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6.

SM gave an initial budget for the growing of 12,000 fruit-bearing trees in Barangay Cag-an, Anilao, Iloilo. From left to right: SM regional operations manager Girlie Liboon, Cag-an Upland and Lowland Development Association president Ronillo Tabunoc, DENR’s National Greening Program Region 6 coordinator Dan Lorillla, and SM City Iloilo mall manager Gilbert Domingo.

Volunteers from SM groups (like SM Markets, SM Savemore, SM Store, and Jollibee), DENR, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, and the Cag-an Upland and Lowland Development Association were able to plant 12,000 fruit-bearing tree seedlings in the 24-hectare target area.

The tree-planting activity is part of the 60th-year celebration of SM in the country. It aims to support the environmental programs of the government and the “Grow a Million Trees” campaign of SM Foundation and SM Markets.

Tree-planting activities were also held in Luzon, Mindanao and other parts of Visayas.

A total of 60,000 trees were planted nationwide./PN

Source: Panay News