On 25 August 2012, a team from Surface Technology International – Philippines branched out themselves and got involved in a local environmental project teaming up with the “Philippine Business for Social Progress” (PBSP).
The PBSP unites businesses and works with local Filipino communities to enhance the impact of the business sector’s contribution in poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. PBSP aligns its strategies along the National Priority Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. The Foundation operates nationwide with projects on health, education, enterprise development and the environment.
STI joined over 800 employees from 34 Philippine-based companies – the cause – to save the Tabunan forest. The project was spearheaded by the non-profit Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in partnership with the Visayan Electric Company (Veco), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and KEEP Foundation.
The reforestation caravan’s theme, “We don’t just plant trees, we let them grow,” focuses on how well the trees have grown despite the many issues of climate change and illegal logging. The reforestation caravan also ensures biodiversity in its forests by protecting species such as the Cebu black shama, Cebu cinnamon tree, and the Cebu Flower Pecker which is one of the top ten most endangered species in the world.
STI-P team was assigned in a location where 500 seedlings were planted. During tree planting sessions, employee volunteers applied the technology of vermicomposting, strip brushing, ring weeding, and replanting of damaged trees. The planted trees are then regularly maintained by the communities surrounding Cebu Hillylands.
The Cebu Hillylands is a 27,000-hectare lot composed of five watershed and protected areas that span Central Cebu. It is the major source of potable water for Metro Cebu as well as home to various endemic plant and animal species and subspecies.
“This is an amazing project and I am so proud and delighted that so many members of the STI-P team were involved in paving its way to help in reforestation. It’s indeed a start to give back what we owe to Mother Nature.” commented Simon Best, Director, from the UK.