TREE PLANTING AT MT. MAKILING

“Giving back to nature.”

These were the words of our HR Head Caloy Salonga when he addressed the 100+ First Balfour employees, family and friends that participated in the company tree planting last August 17. 

This was after we had planted 500 tree samplings of indigenous species like calumpit and narra in  the foothills of Mt. Makiling.  The place was called the  Makiling Forest Reserve located in Sitio Pangaw, Barangay Sta. Elena, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This forest reserve is managed by the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) which provided the forestry personnel that supervised our activity. 

poster

In a way, it is what is so cool about a tree planting activity.  It is the knowledge that we are doing something, albeit at a  small scale, that contributes to helping the environment recover from all the man-made disturbances.  All those who hiked up to plant trees were volunteers who were mobilized by both our Human Resources group and the Employees Union.

It is at this point that I stop using words and rely on pictures taken by my work companions (Manny Yak, Rose Dalawampu and Icar Hombrebueno) in First Balfour, to convey on just how cool and endorphin-rich the tree planting at Mt. Makiling was.

Warm up exercise before the 40-minute hike

Warm up exercise before the 40-minute hike

FB runners joining the tree planting

FB runners joining the tree planting

Enjoying the hike

Enjoying the hike

Makban Geothermal facility at the background

Makban Geothermal facility at the background

Arriving at the tree planting site

Arriving at the tree planting site

Spreading up to plant

Spreading up to plant

A mountaineer, Icar was first up the heights

A mountaineer, Icar was first up the heights

Jane and Juliet teaming up

Jane and Juliet teaming up

Albert ….

Albert ….

… and Caloy leading by example

… and Caloy leading by example

Rose and son busy

Rose and son busy

The BP…

The BP…

… enjoying…

… enjoying…

…the tree planting

…the tree planting

Big turnout

Big turnout

The union president happy at the turnout

Employees having their picture at the FB signage

Taking a break from photographer duty; Manny, doing his part on  planting

Taking a break from photographer duty; Manny, doing his part on planting

Climbing up to plant some more

Climbing up to plant some more

unfurling the banner

unfurling the banner

Unfurling the banner

team spirit

team spirit

eating time

eating time

kamayan ang karamihan

group picture

group picture

Whether or not the tree samplings would grow to their majestic potential would depend on a great deal to our perseverance to nurture them, especially in the first 3 years. Thus, we have coordinated with a care taker, recommended by MCME to handle this.  But it would be a help if we the employees would hike up the hills to provide our own nurturing of the trees from time to time.

Again, all in volunteer time.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s