Thursday, April 15, 2010

Islands Group employees plant mangroves in Olango

As part of its corporate social responsibility, The Islands Group participated in the mangrove-planting activity organized by VSO Bahagian in Brgy. San Vicente, Olango Island recently.

VSO is an international development organization that promotes volunteering among 45 developing nations in the world, including the Philippines.

The Islands Group management, subsidiaries Islands Souvenirs, Islands Banca Cruises, Islands & More, Islands Pasalubong Center, and non-profit foundation Our Islands and staff believe in the idea that people have to give back to nature. With this in mind, 30 volunteer employees headed to Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) to further enrich the mangrove sanctuary that acts as a resting place for migratory birds from all over the world.

Other partners for the event, namely the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Rotary Club-Mactan, and the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, have joined in to plant a total of 10,000 mangrove propagules of Bakauan bato or Rhizophora stylosa. The Islands Group planted approximately 1,500 propagules in under an hour.

To cap off the event, the Islands Group trekked to the OIWS  center which is host to an extensive 97 species of homeland and migratory birds. There the Islands Group employees learned the importance of caring for the environment and got to know more about the rich and diverse habitat that surrounds them.

(Published in The Freeman Community section dated April 15, 2010.)