By Michael A. Bengwayan

Bishop Carlito Cenzon will lead the March 23 rally for trees and against SM on March 23 where thousands of Baguio citizens, parishioners and anti-tree cutting and anti-earth-balling environmentalists will be attending.

This was finalized and announced at a meeting at the Conference Room of Notre Dame where leading church and convent leaders attended including key persons in the protest against SM. I was invited and attended the said exclusive meeting.

I will be reading the adverse impacts of tree cutting and earth-balling including those intended to be carried out by SM.

The Prayer Protest Rally will have three venues, first at Malcolm Square. After a Penitential Rite, Readings, Blessings and a Message from Bishop Cenzon, the crowd will move to Igorot Park to symbolize the Cordillera Peoples struggles against abuse and destruction of the Cordilleran environment.

The last place of gathering will be at Melvin Jones to accommodate the expected thousands of prayers participants and protestors.

All participants will start gathering at 2 pm before the monumental event will start at 3 pm.


Save 1,000 Pine Trees in La Trinidad: FIGHT FOR PINE TREES NOW SPREADING.

Save 1,000 Pine Trees in La Trinidad: FIGHT FOR PINE TREES NOW SPREADING..
By Michael A. Bengwayan

The fight to save pine trees is getting much too closer to where I am working to help save pine forest in Longlong, La Trinidad, Benguet. According to Dr. Ben Ladilad of BSU, some 1,000 pine trees are located where a BSU housing project will be erected. This housing project is being run by an association of BSU employees led by an adviser of Dr. Ladilad. The housing project will be set up in Ampassit, about a kilometer away from where I am. The association has now applied for a building permit. How the mayor and the town council will treat the application is of significant concern. Remember, pine trees have been cut in La Trinidad by a realty company and the municipal government of La Trinidad has not acted upon this.

As early as now, may I call on all ATAD members based in La Trinidad. Let us form the people’s committee to head the opposition of this intended tree cutting by the BSU housing assn.

We will have a site inspection on the proposed housing area and do a tree inventory next week. Contact me if you want to be added to the inspecting committee.

Thank you.

Save the 1,000 Pine Trees of La trinidad, benguet, Philippines

Join :Project 1,000. Help Save 1,000 pine trees in La Trinidad.

Dear Co-Citizen of La Trinidad,

At a time of most pressing urgency that trees in our environment must be planted and those living be preserved because of the aggravating natural hazards like erosion and landslides that have killed so many lives and destroyed so much property, in La Trinidad, (especially at Longlong in 2009), there is a plan by a group of BSU employees who formed an association to put up a housing project at Ampassit and Longlong. According to BSU president Dr. Ben Ladilad, the project may affect some 1,000 trees. The word “affect” may mean kill, harm or destroy those 1,000 pine trees.

At this point, may I invite you to join Project SAVE 1,000. It will be a group of people wanting to save the t1,000 trees, similar to Project Save 182 which I started in Baguio City to save the 182 pine trees at Luneta Hill from being killed by SM.

We will protest, rally, and speak out against the destruction of those trees. We will urge the municipal government not to approve any building permit. We wil educate La Trinidad citizens more on the value and importance of trees. We will do it for the children of tomorrow and leave a safe legacy for the future. Join us. Submit your names now.