14 Sep 2019, Siniloan, Laguna – Sierra Madre Mountain Range. AS White’s 50 strong planting team stormed the Sierra Madre mountains at Siniloan, Laguna on an early Saturday morning to restore 200 native philippine forest trees to the longest mountain range in the Philippines, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) advocacy program.
Slideshow – AS White Reforesting Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Laguna
Arriving between 7am to 730am from Manila (yes, some brave souls awoke at 4am to be able to plant), they were very enthusiastic, happy and appreciative of the fresh mountain air and wild nature, simple and pure. Having received a welcome talk from Forester Rey Lorida, Field Manager of the Laguna Quezon Land Grant (part of the over 9,000 ha. protected forest) on the status of Philippine Forests and the role reforestation plays in water security, storm protection and local community livelihood provision, among other benefits such as carbon sequestration and oxygen production.
The ASW team proceeded to warm up and stretch before a 25 minute moderate trek to their planting site, where 200 native Philippine forest trees were planted in less than 40 minutes, as the site had already been prepared by the team of 11 forest guards. Trekking back to base camp through the bamboo forest, leading and upstanding members of the Barangay Magsaysay community had laid out the native Binalot chicken adobo brunch wrapped in banana leaves with bananas for the CSR Patrons and forest guards.
ASW’s eco-warriors were clearly ready to settle down after the post-planting group pictures and return trek, they relaxed around the tilapia filled lake to enjoy their brunch and Certificate awarding for each participant, now eco-warrior.
Thank you also to AS White Eco-Warriors for your partial contribution to the FEED Scholarship Fund, which will enable a deserving Filipino to complete his/her research in agricultural, environmental or sustainability science in the Philippines.
“One cannot escape the ups and downs of life, but one can always find calm in Nature…The path to healing lies inside you. And when you can learn to carry the Forest within you, you are always home. Your healing has begun.”
About AS White Global Philippines
AS White Global (ASW) is an Australian company with headquarters in Sydney and contemporary offices spread across Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. We help organisations build their global teams and capability by providing international talent selected from the large talent pool in South East Asia. We pride ourselves on sourcing the right employees for our partners, no matter what the industry is and have years of experience doing it.
ASW is an agile company, with an independent and forward thinking Board of Directors. Since 2011, the company has grown from 50 to over 750 employees internationally. Our agility and passion have allowed us to effectively service our growing portfolio of clients.
More about ASW here: https://aswhiteglobal.com
In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry.
FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement 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.
Tree-Planting with FEED
Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPC29Rwr6Pg
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