The Manila Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) conducted a tree-planting activity at Barangay 736, Zone 80 dubbed “Plant a Tree, Save Humanity” on November 7, 2013.
The rehabilitation of the Estero de Paco in the corner of Quirino Avenue was made possible through the efforts of Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig.  Once considered as one of the dirtiest esteros in Metro Manila, now the Estero de Paco is making its way towards a clean state.  Beyond helping in the implementation of the government’s labor and employment programs, the DOLE-NCR is also active in the efforts of saving the environment.
The Manila Field Office Director Leonides Castilon, Jr. spearheaded the activity. Planted along the estero were fruit-bearing trees that will not only green the area but will also provide fruits that the community may partake. In addition to this there is a cool shade that will also be enjoyed by the people of the barangay.
Assistant Regional Director Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez also graced the activity.  He thanked the barangay officials for this initiative.  In the same manner, he also expressed his appreciation for the support shown by the members of the Manila TIPC, as well as the residents of the barangay.  He encouraged everybody to not just plant the trees, but cultivate it and ensure its growth to the fullest, in order for the trees to serve their purpose.  He also stressed that this is always a team effort in order for this activity to be successful.
Representatives from companies namely, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., LBC Express, Isetann Department Store, Philippine Columbian Association, Negros Navigations, Yakult Philippines, Manila Hotel, Century Park Hotel, Philippine Match Corp., Chinese General Hospital, Suy Sing Commercial, and Toyota Otis, Inc. joined said tree-planting.
Indeed, more than just generating and facilitating employment, it is also important that we work together in making our planet a better place not just for us, but for the generations to come.  After all, the earth is the only planet that grows trees.

END/ DIANA JOYZ G. ESGUERRA

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