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San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora partnered with the University of the Philippines Phi Delta Alpha Sorority Alumnae Association (UPDAAA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to open a Living Museum of Philippine Native Trees at the Pinaglabanan grounds.

San Juan is the first city in Metro Manila to work with the said groups to establish a living museum for its citizens at the grounds of the Pinaglabanan Shrine. The project complements the mayor’s aim for a greener San Juan.

“This project will not only give the citizens of San Juan a living and breathing reference to the native trees of the Philippines. It also advances our desire to see a greener San Juan despite our limited land area,” Zamora said yesterday.

The UPDAAA has been partnering with different organizations since 2013 for its greening advocacy. It tapped Green Convergence for the said native tree library project.

“The UP Phi Delta Alpha Sorority is a sisterhood that defies time. When the sorority’s alumnae association began its advocacy for planting Philippine native trees, we not only endeavored to promote the beauty and diversity of our country’s own but also take pride in the legacy we leave behind for future generations through these living monuments of Philippine native trees,” Connie de Jesus, lady chancellor of the UPDAAA, explained.

A total of 100 endemic and indigenous trees will make up the living museum including kamagong, malak-malak, molave, kalios, tindalo, binaloan and kalingag.

“Projects like these are always welcome in our city, a promotion of the country’s rich biodiversity and a positive push for our environment against climate change,” Zamora said.

“I hope the Native Tree Library will further encourage San Juaneños to be more environmentally conscious for a greener Makabagong San Juan,” he added.

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