A brainchild of EDC chair Oscar M. Lopez, Binhi: A Greening Legacy is one of the projects committed by the Lopez Group to the Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong. The P405-million project was launched in December 2008 and will be implemented for a period of 10 years.
Binhi is the Filipino word for embryo or seed. The project’s icon is the seed of the tindalo, which represents the prime, endangered Philippine trees that Binhi aims to proliferate and protect.
One of Binhi’s primary targets is to educate the public about the importance of planting trees, especially those that are precious to sustainable development.
Binhi’s flagship program, “tree for the future,” aims to establish a tree park in each of the 81 provinces and in selected cities and schools using prime endangered species.
The “tree for life” component aims to address ecological problems by establishing protection forests, while the “tree for food” component aims to hasten revegetation of denuded forestlands and provide a source of livelihood for the farmers living inside EDC’s geothermal reservation areas.
Lastly, the “tree for leisure” component is intended to provide recreation and study sites for local communities, while preserving the natural beauty and ambiance of the forest’s protection zone.
Three generations of Lopezes at Binhi launch: EDC and Lopez Group chairman Oscar M. Lopez, First Gas president Federico R. Lopez and son Robert, and First Holdings VP Benjamin R. Lopez and son Joaquin