A beautiful Iloilo City Butterfly Garden will be blooming soon at La Paz plaza. This after the Iloilo City Butterfly Garden Committee has started discussing plans and budgets presented for approval to implement the initiative.
“In order to improve, and maintain the habitat of our butterfly species, the Butterfly Garden Committee headed by my wife, Rosalie, presented the design and project location, requirements needed, plans, trainings, tools and essentials,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said.
Members of the committee come from the City Government, academe, and private sector.
They include: City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head Engr. Noel Hechanova; Executive Assistant for Environment Armando Dayrit; Bella Marie H. Roga of CENRO; Central Philippine University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Stella G. Fernandez; Department of Education representative and La Paz National High School Principal Teresita Militar; Special Assistant to the Mayor Ma. Mathilde Treñas Octavio; Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Mary Grace Centino; Hazel Franco of PESO; Arch. Regina Gregorio and Arch. Jun Balinas of City Engineer’s Office.
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Representatives from civil society are led by First Lady Rosalie Treñas; Mrs. Gloria Biado; Mr. Jose Biado; Francis Chu; and Ms. Leny Ledesma.
“The insights from our biologists, our butterfly collector and nature and eco experts were very helpful indeed,” Ms. Leny Ledesma, committee member said.
“There were exchanged of ideas on how to make the Butterfly Garden more educational, interactive, and exciting for children who can be introduced to biodiversity through this endeavor,” she added.
It will also be part of the idea to make the metropolis a green city with ornamental plants like along main highway with sunflowers and other colorful blooms.
Greening efforts have been given a boost with more than 30,000 trees planted since Treñas’ term. Vegetables on urban gardens are sprouting, and green spaces and parks have been integrated into public infrastructures.
“We always aim for sustainable development for the city. We understand the importance of our environment, and we want to make sure that our projects and programs shall not compromise, but rather help improve our way of life,” said Treñas. (Iloilo City PIO)