NEGROS ORIENTAL, March 24 (PIA) -- In celebration of International Day of Forests, the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and its stakeholders planted at least 150 seedlings for Mother Earth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
EDC's scholars and other schools have planted seedlings of Katmon (Dillenia philippinensis), Malabayabas (Tristaniopsis decorticate), and Molave (Vitex parviflora), all part of BINHI's 96 flagship Philippine native tree species, in Brgy. Puhagan, Valencia.
BINHI is EDC's over 12-year old greening legacy program that has been bridging forest gaps, apart from bringing back to abundance 96 of the country's threatened native tree species.
Apart from EDC's employees from its Negros geothermal facility, the organizations that were represented were EDC's SIKAT scholars, its BINHI Youth Champions, former seminarians of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects, San Pedro Academy Recoletos Faculty, the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Group, Puhagan barangay officials, and Dumaguete media.
"We can't save the whole planet but we're all here to do our part in response to the International Day of Forests' theme this 2021, which is 'Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Wellbeing.' We are blessed here in Negros because we strive to keep our home a green island," said Norreen Bautista, head of EDC's Corporate Social Responsibility team in Negros Island.
"But there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to keep it this way not only through continuous greening but also by utilizing more of our abundant geothermal resources for the island's main source of electricity," Bautista added.
The 150 BINHI native trees that EDC and its partners have planted will be part of their contributions to the 10 Million Trees in 10 Years for a Greener Negros Island (10M in 10) movement.
For now, 10M in 10 has already planted eight million trees four years after it was founded.
EDC, for its part, has already planted almost three million trees within its geothermal reservation in Negros Island since 2009 under BINHI.
Prior to the implementation of this program, the company has already planted and grown almost 1.5 million trees from 1990-2008.
EDC's over 1,480MW total installed capacity accounts for 20 percent of the country's total installed renewable energy capacity.
Its geothermal facilities in Valencia, Negros Oriental have been providing clean, renewable, reliable power 24/7 to Negros Island and other parts of the Visayas region for almost 38 years. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from France Ariola, corporate communications officer, EDC)