In support to the national greening program (Executive Order No. 26) of the president benign S. Aquino III, the School of Applied Economics (SAEc) has initiated the Urban Greening Project in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), – Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) East and Communal Elementary School. This executive order was issued ordering and declaring the implementation of a National Greening Program as a government priority. The program shall plant 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares by 2016.
SAEc was able to adopt two urban areas to implement this national program. Last September 15, 2012 a tree planting activity was held at the Davao International Airport, Cabantian Road, Buhangin. Sixty-five participants composed of students, faculty and DENR officials participated in the said activity.
Two- hundred narra and mahogany trees were planted at the side entrance garden of the airport. During the occasion, a MOA signing was also conducted between DENR and SAEc, this is to formalize the partnership and to ensure the sustainability of the program.