It’s No trees, No wedding, burial, baptism in Iloilo

Couples who are planning to have a Catholic Church wedding in the Province of Iloilo will need to plant trees. Iloilo provincial government, region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Archdiocese of Jaro have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement on tree planting prior to Catholic rites. The agreement also covers baptisms and burials, Iloilo Provincial Information Office said.

“Prior to the signing of this agreement, some of our priests are already requiring marrying couples to plant trees before their wedding,” Msgr. Higinio C. Velarde said.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the implementing rules and regulation will still be created.

“This MOA is still subject for review and ratification by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Before we finalize everything, we have to make sure that everything is provided by the law,” the governor said.

Once fully implemented a place for ‘Tree Park of Life’ will be designated for each Iloilo municipality.