EDC’s ‘10M in 10’ partners to plant trees in Manjuyod town

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A group of partner-institutions of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is set to plant 200 different species of tree seedlings on August 22 at Barangay Lamugong, Manjuyod for its support to the ’10 million trees in 10 years’ for a Greener Negros movement.

Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy has offered the 5,000 square meters of lot for planting with almaciga, antipolo, balayong, and suru shorea seedlings.

In its second partner-cluster workshop, authotities prepared a tree growing plan four each organized groups under three major programs on knowledge management and capacity building, planting and execution, and monitoring and evaluation.

This is to effectively fulfill the functional areas of collaboration for the implementation of the ‘10M in10’ operational plan.

In the plan dubbed “Kooperasyon: Magtanin ay Masaya!” the group of Mayor Sy identified its activities, agency’s task and responsibilities to ensure that the seedlings planted will grow and be protected to achieve the goal of restoring forests in Negros Island.

The group composed of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Dumaguete City Water District (DCWD), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Negros Oriental Chapter, Provincial Tourism Office, and Silliman University led by Mayor Sy will also gather members of Manjuyod Bantay Gubat and Youth for Christ to assist in the planting of the seedlings.

During the planting activity, NORSU will provide the indigenous seedlings, DCWD takes care of the transportation of the group, PIA and KBP promotes the tree growing activity, others do the monitoring and evaluation aside from the actual planting.

The movement was initiated by EDC in 2015 to expand its BINHI greening legacy program in the region.

10M in 10 is Negros Island’s biggest forest restoration movement that aims to plant, grow, and protect at least 10 million trees in the next 10 years with the help and commitment of individuals, government agencies, people’s organizations, and private companies.

The movement has set three goals to achieve this: establish stable and productive watersheds, enhance and protect Negros Island’ unique biodiversity, and develop resilient communities and ecosystems that are able to adapt to climate change impacts.

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City to impose waste segregation at source

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Foreign and local volunteers have taught Dumaguete City residents how to properly and systematically segregate solid wastes to prepare them in managing the Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) to be established in the barangays soon.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo observed the way the volunteers and learners did it in three pilot barangays Piapi, Looc and Bantayan.

Merci Ferrer, Consultant of War on Wastes-Negros Oriental and Sonia Mendoza, Chairperson of Mother Earth Foundation briefed the mayor on the necessity and mechanics of the activity.

This is in line with the objective of the city government to practice segregation of wastes at source in the households or barangays before these are again sorted out at the MRFs.

This way, disposing of residual wastes is facilitated in the soon to be built sanitary landfill.

Along this, the city government is contemplatying on formalizing its appeals to corporations to lessen the use of plastics or shift their preference in packaging and products to more environmentally friendly materials.

200 volunteers plant 3K native trees in NegOr

By Jennifer C. Tilos

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EDC employee Geliah Taboco planted a balete tree with her son, Kian, to teach him the value of caring for the environment. (FA/PIA7-NegOr)

Over 200 volunteers from Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and its partners for a Greener Negros movement (10M in 10) celebrated BINHI and Arbor Day by planting 3,000 native tree seedlings at Brgy. Calabnugan, Sibulan, Negros Oriental.

EDC and its current and potential 10M in 10 partners planted balite, tabugay, taruy, talo-ot, pili, and kube trees in celebration of the two important occasions that are instrumental to the fulfillment of their commitment to grow back forests in Negros Island.

“The passion for environmental preservation of all our BINHI and 10M in 10 partners is truly admirable,” said Norreen Bautista, head of EDC’s Community Partnerships, External Relations, and Watershed Management Group in Negros Island.

Bautista said the huge turnout of volunteers indicate the Negrenses’ increasing awareness on the need to plant more native trees.”

Now on its 10 year, BINHI is EDC’s forest restoration program that aims to bring back to abundance premium endangered native trees and to bridge forest gaps through a holistic, scientific, and multi-pronged approach.

To date, the company has already planted over 6.3 million seedlings with the help of its 149 partners from 16 regions all over the country, said Baustista.

She added that more than 2.5 million of these were planted on over 3,000 hectares in Negros Island with the help of EDC’s over 30 BINHI local partners.

In 2016, EDC’s BINHI team identified, located, and collected 96 targeted threatened native tree species and have sought out ways to propagate them.

To do this, EDC has put up a state-of-the-art automated nursery called a Vegetative Materials Reproduction (VMR) facility in its 222.5MW geothermal project in Valencia, Negros Oriental that makes use of an automated mist irrigation system to give the right amount of mist and mimic the conditions of a natural forest habitat.

This VMR in Valencia will serve not only the need for native seedlings of EDC’s BINHI partners in the Visayas region but even that of its over 140 10M in 10 partners.

“We encourage those who are truly committed to protecting and restoring the forests of Negros Island to partner with us in this green revolution.  All these efforts are crucial in fighting climate change,” Bautista urged.

The geothermal leader, EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country.

The company has been powering Negros Island for over 35 years with geothermal energy, the only form of renewable energy that can provide baseload power 24/7.