UPLB’s role as the steward of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR-AHP) is easier with the help of its partners from the private sector.
On Feb. 4, the Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), a long-time partner of UPLB in implementing projects at the MMFR, initiated a tree-planting and nurturing activity called “Adopt-A-Forest Project” at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG).
Officials and staff of the IPC and the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) planted 100 dipterocarp species in the 13-hectare forest area at the MBG’s Dipterocarp Arboretum. This area has been taken care of by IPC since 2010 when it celebrated its 13thanniversary. Since then, the company has been conducting yearly tree planting and nurturing activities at the site.
Prior to the tree-planting proper, a short program was held at the MBG Pavilion. IPC officials, namely: Hajime Koso, president, and David Yandoc, Jr., assistant vice president for administration, expressed their commitment to help take care of the environment.
Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan, director of MCME and park manager of the MMFR AHP, gave a new meaning to IPC in his appreciation for the company’s initiative: “Inspiration, Protection, and Commitment.”
For. Roberto P. Cereno, director of the Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, provided a short background of the project, while For. Leilani A. Castillo, head of MCME’s Forest Watershed Division, demonstrated the proper way to handle and transplant tree seedlings.
The activity was part of IPC’s 20th anniversary celebration and corporate social responsibility initiatives. It was concluded by a hearty meal that the tree planting participants shared through a boodle fight. (V.O.Barredo-Parducho, A.A.Limpiada, R.T.Andrada II)