House Bill No. 4781, which ensures that hundreds of century-old acacia trees in Binalonan, Pangasinan shall be protected and preserved, has been enacted by Congress upon approval from the House committee on natural resources.
Pangasinan’s 5th District Rep. Ramon Guico III, who filed the bill, said that in the middle of a 4.5-hectare oasis of greens, is a forest of acacia trees.
Guico explained in a proposed law he crafted, that these trees are more than an attraction and majestic canopies, but are also a living witness of the town’s glorious past.
“The trees are a symbol of the indomitable spirit and resolute determination of the Binalonan people to build a strong and brighter future,” Guico said.
The acacia forest is situated at the old town plaza near the municipal hall and other town buildings.
Guico said that these trees were planted during the time of Pangasinan Gov. Daniel Maramba, who was governor from 1916 to 1922 and was credited for planting mango trees along the national road in the town of Sta. Barbara.