“Planting in the Clouds”: 75 Brave EcoWarriors Face Galeforce Winds & Rains to Restore 800 Native Trees

  • 70 PMFTCC, Inc. HR Services Asia EcoWarriors Plant 700 Trees: “2020 by 2020
  • 5 Students & Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) Plant 31
  • Mondo Project Planted 69 native trees from Eco-Shirt Sales in December 2017

27 January 2018, Laguna-Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan. “The surge of the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) will bring moderate to extreme rainfall (30 to more than 100 mm) across Southern Aurora, Quezon Provinces, Eastern Laguna, Eastern Rizal …Today through Sunday afternoon (January 28). The rains will be more frequent along the coastal and mountain slope areas of these affected provinces. Hence, the RED Rain Alerts (Severe Weather Warnings) have been hoisted along these areas. Residents are advised to take precautionary measures against possible flash floods and landslides.” -Source: https://weatherph.org/rain-alert-update-no-02-400-pm-sat-january-27-2018/

iCAUSE@FEED012.jpg20180127_105337.jpgThe PAGASA forecast is one weather alert service that FEED and its LIVING LEGACY partner the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) always monitor 24 hours prior to any tree-planting activity we conduct in the Philippines.  Upon consultation of FEED’s remote technical advisory team and the 13 forest guards permanently situated at the Laguna Quezon Land Grant in Siniloan, Laguna – FEED was advised a full go ahead to proceed with planting, only on the condition that our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Patron PMFTC, Inc. HR Services Asia would agree. Which they did. Despite the very evident heavy rains and winds.

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Thank you EMBRACE!

This project was possible through PMFTC‘s EMBRACE program (the social arm of PMFTC) through the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

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Letter of Thanks from Jeffrey Aure, HR SSC Specialist C&B Services | HR Shared Service Centre Asia (13 February 2018)

Hi Anne,

Happy Green Day!

On behalf of People & Culture Operations Center Asia, I would like to thank you for you utmost support to our recently iCAUSE initiative which is our journey to 2020by2020 (Tree Planting) dated last January 27, 2018.

This will not be a success one without your effort in helping us to organize this first outside event of P&C for 2017 together with other participants from other functions. It was indeed a fruitful experience that we will always remember for this little effort will have a big impact to our environment and for the future generations. We are looking forward again to be working with you again next year as we continue to gear up to a sustainable tomorrow.

I would like to ask your help as well to send our grateful gratitude to the community who helped us along our journey to tree planting, the agro-foresters, forest rangers and manangs who cooked the food for us. Thank you!

May the forest be with you, 

Jeffrey Aure

HR SSC Specialist C&B Services | HR Shared Service Center Asia 

Photo Journal

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GPS Coordinates for Remote Monitoring

These  8 coordinates (and 9 pictures below) illustrate the altitude and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) – accessible locations of the site on which the 800 native trees were restored. Each picture is a half way marker to the corner of each site, therefore 8.

Students & Volunteers and Mondo Project Planters

Today’s planting was also attended by FEED’s merchandise eco-shirt partner Mondo Project, led by Bogs Balangat (its co-founder with his wife Rej) – also both FEED Ambassadors. For each of the 69 eco-shirts purchased by other donors last December 2017.

For this planting, PMFTC, Inc. HR Services Asia also ordered 100 Mondo Project customised “2020 by 2020” Eco-Shirts under the “One Shirt, One Tree” program, which means that an additional 100 trees will be planted by Mondo Project in February 2018 thanks to the order of HR Services Asia – thereby putting their cumulative total at 800 trees restored in the Sierra Madres.

 

 

Thank you Mondo-Project Eco-Shirt Sponsors! A tree was planted in your name too.

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Five of FEED’s Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE)* also showed up to plant an additional 20 trees, with FEED co-sponsoring the other 26 trees for the additional 100 top-up to PMFTC, Inc. HR Services Asias 700 commitment out of their total 2020 trees to be planted by 2020.

20180127_111726.jpg*Ray Carlo Balajadia, Joel Cordero and Jeffrey Rafa of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP); and Alyssa Arias and Sami Salim Farhan from Calamba (not pictured)- the latter two actually took part in the Nursery Establishment session, as this would have been their second planting with FEED. 

To date, this CSR activity was the longest trek (1.5 km) to the planting and one of the most arduous of any other preceding CSR Patron, due to the non-stop rain and heavy winds, making the trek to the site on the heavily landslided path tricky and testy on one’s nerves, not to mention temperature.

“We were planting in the clouds, like, as in the heavens! The clouds came down on us up at about 1,500 feet of the Sierra Madres, we were chilled to the bones”, said Jeff Aure, one of the PMFTC, Inc. HR Services Asia Team Leaders.

Thank you to all participants for making the planting of 800 additional trees to our forest cover possible. Here’s to a greener future for all.

CONTACT FEED TO ORGANISE YOUR TREE-PLANTING

FEED runs a number of SAVE; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Mangrove Planting for coastal protection; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) in Public Elementary Schools; and other environmentally engaging activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.

Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how the SAVE plantings go: https://youtu.be/KROn4rjVqBg

clueless commuter video1.pngContact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own CSR Program: info@feed.org.ph or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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