In a social media post, the Iloilo City Government expressed that it is eyeing a butterfly garden at La Paz Plaza. This, after the Iloilo City Butterfly Garden Committee started discussing plans and budget approval.
The committee is composed of representatives: 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.
Moreover, 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. 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,” states Ledesma, a representative from the civil society.
The initiative is part of the plan to transform the metro into a green city. It may be recalled that more than 30,000 trees have been planted since the start of the term of current City Mayor Jerry Treñas. Moreover, urban gardens, green spaces, and parks have also been implemented.