Thursday, October 28, 2010

Group plants 14T seedlings in watershed

Group plants 14T seedlings in watershed
Sun.Star Cebu
October 27, 2010

Some 554 members of the Aboitiz Group planted 14,000 tree seedlings on the slopes of the Mananga Watershed and Forest Reserve.

"I didn't expect to plant in an actual forest. But when I came here in Tabunan for the first time, I felt excited anc challenged because finally I saw one of Cebu's forests and that this place I'm planting trees on helps protect our watersheds. This facts poses more responsibility to me," said Christian Ian Sy.

With muddied hands and a satisfied smile, Sy thanked the company for allowing him top participate in environment projects.

Sy is one of the delegates of the Aboitiz Future Leaders Summit that joined the group-wode reforestation activity of the Aboitiz Group recenty, along with the Visayan Electric Company employees and the "Race to Reduce" runners.

The reforestation initiative was co-organized by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, which has been reforesting the Central Cebu Protected Landscape since 1989.

"Last year, the Aboitiz Group made a commitment to plant a million trees. Since then, we've expanded our ambition to roll our intention into a program that would plant three million trees up to 2010," Aboitiz & Co. president and chief executive officer Erramon Aboitiz said.