AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, simultaneously planted a total of 3,450 tree seedlings in celebration of Arbor Day last June 24, 2023. This included 1,500 in St. Elena, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and an additional 1,950 in Naga, Tiwi, Albay.
Aside from carbon sequestration, Arbor Day also aims to preserve the geothermal reservoir in Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) and Tiwi. Narra, Pili, Amugis, Kamagong, and Dau tree seedlings were planted during the event as recommended by the local community.
MakBan Watershed Area – National Power Corporation (MBWAT-NPC) forester Ranil L. Alvarez emphasized, “Each tree absorbs carbon dioxide. Therefore, they are very important in decreasing air pollutants. Trees also serve as a protection to low-land areas by prohibiting the risks of flooding and landslides.”
Alvarez added that trees help maintain the geothermal energy mechanism beneath the ground.
Mt. Malaraya Environment Protection Council, Inc. (MMEPCI) President Pedro Latore also expressed his gratitude to the volunteers.
“What we do is very important not only for us but for all the communities surrounding this mountain. I am very happy that APRI became a part of this program,” said Latore.
APRI Senior Vice President for Operations Ireneo Itoses emphasized, “The AboitizPower’s purpose of ‘Transforming Energy for a Better World’ is a testament to our support to the global Sustainable Development Goal #13, Climate Action. May this activity remind us of our roles as environmental stewards.”
Almost 200 participants from different organizations such as APRI (including scholars), Aboitiz Construction Inc. (ACI), MBWAT-NPC, MMEPCI, the Philippine National Police (PNP) – Tiwi, Barangay Naga officials, Tiwi Watershed Area Team of National Power Corporation (TWAT-NPC), and Capalonga Mangrove Development Association Inc. (CAMADA) joined efforts in making the event successful.
Arbor Day is a nationwide celebration institutionalized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the observance of planting trees and ornamentals since 2004.