The City government will begin to develop this month a 5-hectare government property in Barangay Tiniguiban as a Balayong Park that aims to attract tourists featuring the province’s endemic cherry blossoms.
Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron said they are set to plant 1,200 Palawan cherry trees on July 20 in an open area beside the City Sports Complex.
“We will have the biggest mass tree planting event of Balayong. We will be planting 1,200 seedlings, and it will begin the establishment of Balayong Park,” Bayron said following his oath-taking Thursday as a member of the administration PDP-Laban.
Envisioned to replicate Japan’s popular cherry blossoms park, Bayron said the Balayong (Cassia nodosa) will attract tourists during the summer months when the trees, resembling the Japanese sakura plant, go in full bloom.
Meanwhile, the City Council is set to deliberate an ordinance that seeks mall owners, building operators, and schools to plant Balayong trees in open or vacant spaces in their properties within Puerto Princesa. Authored by Councilor Modesto Rodriguez Jr. the ordinance also seeks to provide tax incentives to property owners who will comply with the measure.
“To ensure the proper implementation of the directives, all government agencies and institutions, including local government units (LGUs), are mandated to provide full support to the program in terms of developing a greening plan for urban and suburban areas, and mobilizing not only the government sector, but also the private sector, to plant trees,” Rodriguez said.