Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) spearheaded the planting of 14 species of endangered premium native trees inside the Western Philippines University (WPU) campus in Aborlan, Palawan.
The tree-planting activity is part of EDC’s BINHI: A nationwide Greening Legacy project.
BINHI is focused on reforestation and biodiversity preservation to arrest forest degradation, contribute to climate change mitigation, and provide sustainable livelihood for forest communities.
WPU President Elsa Manarpaac thanked EDC for making the university its 98th partner for the BINHI project. “BINHI is very timely and aligned with the WPU mission to have sustainable environment projects not only in the main campus in Aborlan but also in other campuses of WPU and the entire Palawan.
The trees that can only be found in Palawan like Manggis, Palawan Narig, Narig-laot and Palawan Mangkono are ironically unfamiliar to people residing Palawan.
With the help of EDC, we are aware of the value and importance of these tree species.
As a BINHI partner, we are committed to protect and conserve the remaining premium endangered trees of Palawan.”
BINHI is not an ordinary reforestation project. It is focused on bringing back high-value but fast-dwindling native trees.
EDC sources the few remaining seedlings of endangered premium native trees and grow them into mother trees in planting sites where they can be best protected and nurtured.
These sites include, but are not limited to, school grounds, public parks, leisure estates, residential areas and urban spaces as available.
These mother trees will be used to propagate more seedlings for transplant all over the country.
Launched in 2008, using EDC’s three decades of experience in integrated social forestry as platform, BINHI has become a model for corporate-led reforestation programs among Philippine businesses.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a pioneer in generating 100% clean, renewable, and reliable power as an electricity supplier in the Philippines for over 40 years. With power plants all over Visayas and Mindanao, the company is one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in Asia and is expanding its reach in the international market, allowing it to offer customers affordable energy rates. EDC also strives to provide the best customer service it can to all its clients by having helpful salespeople and easy to understand contracts. Because of all of this, it is poised to become the premier supplier of electricity for the Philippines’ Green Energy Option Program. EDC takes its mission as a renewable energy provider seriously and goes beyond sustainability by investing in programs that enhance the environment and empower its partner communities, thereby fostering regenerative development. The company has also been working toward being carbon-neutral by improving its energy efficiency, as well as implementing various greening projects to ensure that its mission to provide future generations with a better life remains intact.