L-R: Edgardo del Rosario, First Gen assistant vice president; Herson Lacorte, FG Bukidnon plant head; Dr. Rollen Sumuoy, DepEd division supervisor; Jennifer Tabiliran, chairperson of Brgy. Damilag, Manolo Fortich; and Edna Labnotin, principal of Damilag Integrated School, link hands during simple MOA signing ceremonies in support of the BINHI reforestation project FG Bukidnon Power Corporation has partnered with a school in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon in implementing a project to save and propagate rare and threatened premium native trees.
Officials of FG Bukidnon and Damilag Integrated School signed on June 14 in Manolo Fortich a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to formalize their partnership under the BINHI reforestation project.
The MOA with Damilag Integrated School brought to 153 the number of partners and institutions supporting BINHI, the massive and nationwide reforestation program being spearheaded by Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a sister company of FG Bukidnon.
Under the MOA, Damilag Integrated School set aside a portion of the tree park within the campus in Brgy. Damilag as a safe haven for replanting these trees.
EDC, through FG Bukidnon, has committed to provide not only the seedlings for the replanting area but also the technical assistance, including scientific data, needed for the care of the seedlings.
Immediately after the MOA signing, 50 tree seedlings were planted in the designated replanting area of the school. They included seeds from trees locally known asyakal-saplungan,molave,kalingag,malabayabas,katmon,almaciga,kalantas andsupa.
The seeds came from an inventory of 96 threatened and vanishing tree species that EDC has so far identified and rescued under BINHI since the project started in 2008.
FG Bukidnon owns and operates the 1.6-megawatt hydroelectric power plant in Damilag, Manolo Fortich. (Story/Photo by:Joel Gaborni)