Malacañang Park, Manila — April 02, 2022. The Presidential Security Group (PSG) in collaboration with the AFP Officers and Reservists who are undergoing PhD on Peace and Security Administration under Bicol University Post Graduate Program conducts tree growing activity at the Female (WAC) Barracks inside the PSG Compound.
The activity was led by the PSG Group Commander Brigadier General Randolph G Cabangbang together with the AFP Reservists headed by Commodore Roy Vincent T Trinidad.
The Palawan Cherry locally known as Balayong is the Philippine’s very own cherry blossom tree that also
produces light pink flowers similar to the ones in Japan. It is a small to medium size tree that can grow to a height of fifteen (15) meters or taller. Its timber is widely used in the Spanish colonial period as a material for building furnitures because of its flexibility and easy to work with and is similar to narra, acasia and ipil.
On the other hand, Cynometra ramiflora locally known as Balitbitan is a small to medium-sized tree that is also indigenous to the Philippines. It is known by its unique swirls of color in the leaves that starts with white, red, brown, yellow to green. It is cultivated for its attractive, pendant cluster of flowers arranged on a stem covered with large, visible, attractive, silvery bracts which was perfect for road-side planting.
One hundred tree seedlings of Balitbitan, Balayong, Banaba and Kamagong were donated to PSG by DENR-NCR through Commander Amber V Hagada PN who is also an AFP reservist and student of the said schooling program.
The tree growing and planting activity of PSG is its share in battling global warming due to climate change as well as promote the beauty of nature.