Palawan diocese marks Season of Creation with tree planting

Palawan diocese marks Season of Creation with tree planting

Bishop Socrates Mesiona with some of the priests of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa lead in planting hardwood trees to celebrate the “Season of Creation” in Puerto Princesa City on Sept. 28. PHOTO FROM AVPP

By Katya A. Santos

September 30, 2019

Puerto Princesa City

Catholics in the Palawan province marked this year’s Season of Creation by planting more than thousand hardwood trees over the weekend.

Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa diocese led the initiative of planting at least 1,500 Narra, Ipil, Nato and Kamagong trees in a two-hectare forested area in the city on Sept. 28.

“This is just one of our efforts as mitigating measures to combat global warming,” Bishop Mesiona said.

The activity, according to him, was also meant to show that the Church cares for the “home” of the future generations.

Earlier, the vicariate also organized an “ecology forum” and tree planting activity in the town of Narra.

Different parishes also conducted their tree planting activities for the month-long celebration and in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.

In a pastoral statement issued in July, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called on dioceses to make ecology among their special concerns.

The bishops then committed concrete ecological actions such as implementing programs that will allow growth and recovery of forests, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

The church leaders also vowed to resist environmentally destructive projects such as mining, dirty energy and those that cut into forested and protected areas.