The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is giving away free seedlings of fruit-bearing trees and vegetables in celebration of Earth Day.
Inspired by the community pantries for the poor, the DENR launched its own “Community Pan-Tree.”
In a statement, the DENR-National Capital Region said it is the agency’s “humble contribution to efforts addressing the issue of food security in the region.”
“To help Metro Manilans cope with the stress caused by the pandemic through urban gardening and planting, DENR National Capital Region will be establishing a Community Pan-TREE,” it said.
“Magtanim ayon sa kakayahan. Umani ayon sa pangangailangan,” it added.
The “Community Pan-Tree” is open today (Thursday) from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. at the DENR-NCR Technical Services Office on North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
The agency urged the public to “bring your own pots” and suggested reusing old plastic tubs or other r cycled containers for the saplings they will get from the pantry.
“Private individuals and groups who share a passion for urban greening may also donate plants in support of the project,” it said.
Earth Day is an annual global event celebrated every April 22 since 1970.