Kailan ang Arbor Day?

Arbor Day in the United States is celebrated on the last Friday of April. This year it was on April 24, 2009.

In the Philippines, Arbor Day wasn't formally observed until 2004, when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring that June 25th would be celebrated as Philippine Arbor Day every year and that it "shall be observed throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities."

The legal basis is contained in Proclamation No. 643, which amended Proclamation No. 396 issued a year before in 2003. Proclamation No. 396 was for "active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity and declaring June 25, 2003 as Philippines Arbor Day."

Included in Proclamation 643 are the following statements:
  • the necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and regreening of the environment
  • the need to sustain the wide support and success gained from the implementation of Proclamation No. 396 and to institutionalize Philippines Arbor Day
  • planting more trees will not only help reforest denuded areas but also make the entire country a greener and healthier place to live in
  • the necessity to declare a day each year for conducting actual tree planting and foster partnership and environmental stewardship among various sectors of society
Araw ng Puno
Day of Tree

Araw ng Mga Puno
Day of Trees

Araw ng Pagtatanim ng Mga Puno
Day of Planting Trees