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PLDT strengthens support to rehabilitate Marikina Watershed

by Katrina A. Mallari | Sep 24, 2019
20190925news_treeplanting1Employee-volunteers in action during the tree-planting activity at the Marikina Watershed. 

PLDT employee-volunteers, through the Community Relations (ComRel) Division, recently planted some 625 fruit-bearing seedlings, including cacao and coffee, at the Marikina Watershed in Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City, in a continuing effort to help rehabilitate the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape, specifically within the Boso-boso sub-watershed.

Undertaken in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and  the Tulungan sa Kabuhayan ng Calawis (TSKC), the tree-planting activity emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability and reversal of loss of environmental resources. 
PLDT employee-volunteers gather at the Marikina Watershed in Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City. 

“We are continuously finding better ways to contribute to the environmental conservation in our country. Over the years, PLDT has mobilized its employee-volunteers to ensure that we do our part in taking good care of our environment,” said PLDT ComRel Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera Diaz De Rivera.

PLDT ComRel Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera plants a seedling with the help of some employee-volunteers. 

“By rehabilitating the Marikina Watershed, we are taking concrete action to rebuild and reshape the future of our children and the generations to come,” Diaz De Rivera added. 
In the next three years, the rehabilitation project aims to plant 1,250 trees in the Marikina Watershed within the Boso-Boso Sub-Watershed. By providing alternative livelihood opportunities, it also aims to enhance the economic productivity of at least 20 households in the watershed and agroforestry areas.

PLDT employee-volunteers pose for a group photo. 

Meanwhile, the TSKC  takes charge of preparing the two-hectare plantation. This includes strip brushing, digging, holing, staking, and hauling of seedlings. In addition, TSKC also spearheads the maintenance and protection of the two-hectare adopted area for three years. Another hectare will be adopted and planted with native trees in the upper portions of the sub-watershed.

PLDT ComRel staff and employee-volunteer Irene Esquibel poses for a photo while participating in the tree-planting activity.

Since 2012, PLDT, through the PBSP Marikina Watershed Initiative, has implemented and supported various projects to complement its reforestation efforts in the area. The Company brought various groups of farmers to an organic farm to learn alternative ways of farming. PLDT also donated a boat to Inigan Upland Farmers Association for forest monitoring and transport of crops. Moreover, PLDT has annually supported and sponsored the Marikina Watershed Family Fun Run.

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