L-R: EDC HR Management Group SVP Beth Nasol, Corporate Affairs Group VP Ricky Carandang, Ms. Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Lopez Group Foundation Inc. executive director Cedie Lopez Vargas and EDC Corporate Affairs senior manager Atty. Allan Barcena at the 2018 BINHI Day celebration in OrtigasThe country observes Philippine Environment Month in June and Philippine Arbor Day on June 25. Every year, Energy Development Corporation (EDC) marks the holiday dedicated to planting and caring for trees by celebrating BINHI Day.
BINHI is EDC’s comprehensive forest restoration program that aims to reforest degraded lands, rescue vanishing native trees, develop ecotourism areas and provide livelihood to local communities. BINHI also protects and sustains the geothermal recharge as EDC continues to deliver clean and renewable geothermal energy nationwide.
The theme of this year’s BINHI Day celebrations was “#Infinitree: Plant | Protect | Share.”
A short program was prepared for employees at the EDC head office in Ortigas on June 29, with Cedie Lopez Vargas, executive director of Lopez Group Foundation Inc., and Ms. Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco as special guests.
“Trees are critical to our survival. Our BINHI program knows this. We plant trees because we need to. Their last breath may well be our last too,” Vargas said in her inspirational message as she stressed the urgency of planting more trees for the future, especially in the face of climate change.
Ibasco shares EDC’s advocacy for sustainable and renewable energy.
“As Ms. Earth and as a scientist, it is an honor to use both my profession and platform to shed light on my advocacy. …I am happy to see people and corporations like EDC who share this advocacy of upholding environmental causes,” she said.
On June 30, the employees brought their family and friends to the EDC-BINHI vegetative material reproduction nursery in Antipolo for a tree-planting activity. More than a hundred participants from EDC and other Lopez Group companies planted native trees in hedgerows that will provide cuttings to be used for propagating more trees.
EDC’s business units also celebrated Environment Month and Philippine Arbor Day through their respective environmental endeavors.
Tree-planting activities were undertaken by employees from EDC’s Burgos Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte and from the Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit in Valencia, Negros Oriental. Employees from the Bacman Geothermal Business Unit in Bicol held a tree-planting and river cleanup activity in Sorsogon City, while arboreta were inaugurated in the Leyte Geothermal Business Unit in Kananga, Leyte and in the Mount Apo Geothermal Business Unit in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
The BINHI program now has 152 partners across 16 regions, with 9,196 hectares of denuded forests restored in EDC’s geothermal reservations and other watershed areas. (Story/Photos by: Kreeshia Share)