Volunteer team members of Hedcor in Davao and its host communities united in planting 4700 trees during the Aboitiz group wide tree planting last July 19 in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Hedcor, Inc., Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc. employees reforested the 3km roadside near Tudaya Hydro 2 in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur. Meanwhile, Hedcor team members in north trouped to La Trinidad and Bakun Benguet, Alilem, Ilocos Sur and Bauko, Mt. Province. All in all Hedcor was able to plant 13,000 trees in the simultaneous tree planting.
“We are one in the efforts of Aboitiz group for environmental sustainability across the country. Our tree planting activities all throughout the year reinforces our Watershed Management Plan [WMP],” said Hedcor Vice President for Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao.
Species planted are narra, durian and rambotan. By planting fruit-bearing trees, Hedcor’s host communities will be able to harvest and sell the produce, thereby augmenting their income. Through reforestation, Hedcor supports sustainable development and preserves the environment.
One of the major activities of Hedcor under its WMP is roadside rehabilitation and riverbank stabilization. Each single tree planted will help protect the watershed considering that a tree can hold or absorb water, thus preventing flash floods.
The tree planting activity is one of the many initiatives undertaken through the company’s WMP. In fact, just last year, Hedcor achieved the 1000 hectares reforestation in Mt Apo Natural Park.
Hedcor was awarded with the Philippine Environment Partnership Program Seal of Approval for many years now by DENR for going beyond compliance. Hedcor has 21 run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Davao City and Davao del Sur with a total installed capacity of 170 MWs and looking for an additional capacity from Sabangan Hydro Project in Mt Province and Manolo Fortich Hydro Project in Bukidnon.
Riparian Forest Corridor in the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed is slated to emerge along the pristine Tamugan River, to preserve its sustainability and potability, according to Mary Ann V. Fuentes, executive director of the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS). (Medel V. Hernani/davaotoday.com).
NGO in watershed Protection project
A non-government organization has boosted the Davao City government’s watershed protection campaign with the launching of its reforestation project in the watershed areas.
The Interface Development Interventions , Inc (IDIS) said that the project aims to rehabilitate critical conservation and protection areas.
The project, implemented by the Watershed Management Council (WMC), a private group concerned with water resource conservation, aims to cover eight watershed areas.
The project supports programs of the local government under a watershed ordinance.
The Watershed Protection, Conservation and Management Ordinance was authored by former City Councilor Arnolfo Cabling while the chair of the Davao City Council committee on environment and natural resources.
The ordinance has created a Watershed Management Council (WMC) headed by the City Mayor, which crafts policies and implements programs; the Watershed Multi-Partite Monitoring Council (WMMC). Which monitors violations;and the Barangay Watershed Management Council (BWMC), which also monitors compliance to the ordinance.
The IDIS-WMC reforestation project starts off in the Panigan-Tamugan watershed.
“This initiative gathers stakeholders to plant trees along the banks of streams and rivers in the Panigan – Tamugan Watershed,” IDIS Executive Director Mary Ann Fuertes said.
The project is funded by Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) which will identify appropriate riverbank sites for tree growing in coordination with the riverbank communities and barangays.
Fuertes said that barangay volunteers will be trained as ‘Bantay Bukid’ personnel who will help protect the forest corridors.
The initial areas identified for the project are in the upland barangays of Tambobong, Tamugan, Wine, Gumalang and Tawan-tawan.