By Francisco C. Cabanatan
Having breached my 60s and salad days, and, “like an island surrounded by death,” I find that my ultimate goal now is to be remembered beyond my lifetime. As the Jewish saying goes, “The only dead are those who have been forgotten.”
Allow me to correct the statement of Neal Cruz in his June 14 column that “We have a National Greening Program (NGP) that aims to plant 1.5 million trees.” The commitment of President Aquino under the NGP (Executive Order No. 26) is to plant 1.5 billion trees within six years (2010 to 2016) of his presidency.
I read Melchor Amado Jr.’s letter in the June 19 issue of the Inquirer. Allow me to add the following suggestions:
As Filipinos hang up their brand-new calendars, they also engage in the yearly tradition of making New Year resolutions. Amid the usual and banal promises, an excellent and helpful one is being proposed: Plant a tree.
Executive Order 26 (National Greening Program) promulgated on Feb. 24, 2011, commits to plant 1.5 billion trees within the six years of the Aquino administration, from June 2010 to May 2016.