Getting married in Roxas? Plant trees first

By Regi Adosto, ABS-CBN News Iloilo

Posted at May 05 2014 03:59 PM | Updated as of May 05 2014 11:59 PM

ROXAS CITY - Planning to marry in Roxas City? A proposed city ordinance in Roxas City may soon require couples to plant trees before they can get their marriage license.

This is aside from the required pre-marriage seminar and seminars on sex education, responsible parenthood and family planning before marriage.

Under the proposal of City Councilor Powell del Rosario, planting a tree will be part of the requirements for couples who wish to get married.

If the ordinance is passed, a couple planning to marry must plant a tree at the Hortus-Botanicus - a mini botanical garden at the heart of the city before they will be given their marriage license.

The ordinance has passed the first reading and is due for public consultation.

Del Rosario said getting married should be accompanied with environmental responsibility. He said the ordinance will help increase the number of trees in the city.

Thousands of trees in Roxas City and other municipalities were damaged last year during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.

Mayor Angel Celino said the ordinance addresses the issue of climate change. The tree would also serve as a legacy for the married couple.

Three years ago, Roxas City was declared the cleanest and greenest city in Western Visayas.