To commemorate World Environment Day under the theme “OnlyOneEarth”, PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp., through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program called “Daloy ng Paglingap”, recently conducted a water planting activity. trees nationwide.
Vice President PrimeWater Ing. Romeo Sabater said the branches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao participated through localized planting of seedlings and saplings in various areas of their service coverage.
“As the song says, ‘ang lahat ng bagay ay magkakaugnay’ (everything is interconnected). If we do not act to preserve our environment, we will have no choice but to face serious consequences that can affect water supply, increase greenhouse gas emissions, and lead to frequent landslides in the future,” Sabater said in a statement.
According to a study conducted by Global Forest Watch, an online platform that provides data and tools to monitor forest land, tree cover loss in the Philippines reached 7.2 percent from 2001 to 2021.
Tree cover loss is defined as the change in natural and planted forests, which may or may not be caused by human intervention.
Sabater said PrimeWater branches nationwide have planted nearly 7,500 trees and seeds with different saplings, narra, acacia, molave, mahogany, pine, talisay, banaba with calamansi, jackfruit, duhat, atis, tsiko, suha, mango, liputi, rambutan and cocoa.
In Bicol, PrimeWater Camarines Norte planted over 2,000 “Bakauan Bato Propagules”, a species of mangrove in Barangay Manguisoc. It is an area adopted by the Camarines Norte Water District and PrimeWater, he said.
“The area is prone to tidal intrusion, so we have planted as many young mangrove trees as needed,” said Mark Muroda 2nd, Branch Manager PrimeWater Camarines Norte.
“Water is our responsibility. No clean water will be produced when our environment has been damaged,” he added.
Sabater said PrimeWater’s national tree-planting activity coincided with Proclamation 237 declaring June as Philippines Environment Month. This aims to inculcate environmental awareness and concern among the various sectors of the country.
“PrimeWater considers it a tremendous privilege to give back to the community and the environment through our CSR program Daloy ng Paglingap. We are committed to providing not only the best water and sanitation services, but also support socio-environmental to our stakeholders through our Lingap efforts,” said Sabater.
Other Lingap projects include the Lingap Bukas-Palad for awareness raising and donation campaigns; Lingap Karunungan for information, education and communication campaigns; and Lingap Kabuhayan covering community livelihood support, Sabater said.