NGCP Funds Mangrove Plantation

19 February 2013

MANILA, Philippines --- In support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) National Greening Program, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) funded a mangrove plantation project near the coastal area of Barangay Bunawan, Davao City.

NGCP and DENR Region 11 entered into an agreement to develop a one-hectare mangrove plantation as part of the tree seedling replacement/planting project of the transmission company for the DENR. Subsequently, DENR's Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) contracted the Association of Fisher folk Davao City, Inc. (AFDCI), a non-stock non-profit organization which implements coastal development projects and manages coastal resources in Davao City, to execute the reforestation.

AFDCI started the project last November 6, 2012 with the preparation of nursery sites and production of nursery beds. About 1,000 pieces each of Bakauan and Api-api seedlings were planted along the coast of Barangay Bunawan as of December 14, 2012.

AFDCI was also tasked to protect and maintain the area until the seedlings are ready for out-planting.

NGCP Spokesperson, lawyer Cynthia Alabanza, said that one of the transmission company's main advocacies is environment protection.

"NGCP gives premium to environment protection especially when constructing new transmission lines. We make it a point to coordinate with DENR to ensure that we are not violating any environmental laws. This is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs aimed to give back to the communities which host our transmission assets," Alabanza said.