The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) – Mt. Apo Geothermal Business Unit has launched a program that seeks to support the nationwide reforestation program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The activity, dubbed as the Magbu BINHI Arboretum, was held in Brgy. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato recently.
EDC-External Stakeholders Relations Group (ESRG) Cluster head Maria Nancy P. Ibuna said EDC had already planted 6.3 million indigenous seedlings with the help of 117 partner Peoples Organization in a total area of 9, 196 hectares.
“Our aim of reforestation for business and the environment is now becoming a reality. With the help of the community especially our IP Council of Elders, LGUs (local government units) and the DENR, our common goals for environmental protection and conservation in Mt. Apo will be smoothly realized,” she said.
During the event, over 100 participants planted 200 seedlings of various premium and indigenous trees species.
The BINHI project is part of the EDC’s climate change mitigation program, with the aim of reforesting 10,000 hectares for 10 years using indigenous and rare species for geothermal recharge, carbon storage, local biodiversity restoration and provision of livelihood to its partner communities.