PTT Returns to Marikina Watershed for “Sibol Year 2”
November 23, 2017
PTT Philippines has returned to the Marikina Watershed in Antipolo to continue on fulfilling its three-year commitment to plant 50,000 trees on 100 hectares portion of the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) in Rizal province.
PTT Philippines President & Chief Executive Officer Sukanya Seriyothin led executives of the Thai oil firm and other volunteers in planting some 16,000 trees Wednesday on 32,000-hectares of UMRBPL in Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City.
“Our commitment is to plant a total of 50,000 trees of various species for three years on 100 hectares portion of this protected area,” Seriyothin said. “This is part of PTT’s philosophy of care, share, and respect for the environment where we do our business,” she added.
Around 300 volunteers joined PTT in this year’s tree planting activity. Among them are contingents from the Philippine Army led by Lt. Col. Melencio Ragudo, Commander of 80th Infantry Battalion; representatives from the Royal Thai Embassy Manila headed by Somjai Taphaopong, Minister Counsellor and Consul; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Education Antipolo City, the provincial government of Rizal, the local government of Antipolo, and Rep. Rogelio Neil Roque (4th District, Bukidnon), vice chairman of the House committee on energy and member of the environment committee.
Since last year, PTT has already planted around 31,000 seedlings on 62,000 hectares of the adopted area. Most of the trees are indigenous and fruit-bearing. Of the trees planted last year, 85% survived as certified by the DENR.
Meanwhile, the city government of Antipolo has passed a resolution commending PTT for its corporate social responsibility project.
Resolution No. 2017-128 passed by the City Council last August was presented to Seriyothin by Councilor Nixon Aranas during the tree planting program.