Haribon Foundation honored Honda Foundation Inc. (HFI) for helping restore over 28 hectares of Philippine rainforests by planting a total of 40,000 native trees over a period of seven years.
In an event at the Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) Passionfest weekend, representatives from HFI, Julius Alfonso Jurado and Maricel Quilao, received the plaque of appreciation from Haribon Foundation, which was also celebrating its 45th year in environmental advocacy.
HFI joined Haribon Foundation’s ROAD to 2020 or the Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates to 2020 in year 2010, which is a movement to restore rainforests using native trees, recover and conserve biodiversity, optimize forest benefits, reduce risks of natural hazards, and create options for sustainable livelihood.
“Honda’s steadfast commitment for seven consecutive years has planted not only seeds for a healthier future but also provided support for communities in need,” Haribon Foundation said.
Technical and livelihood support have also been provided to community partners to help in nurturing the seedlings until they become full grown trees.
In November 2017 alone, over 5,000 native trees were planted through the movement as part of the HFI’s 25th anniversary celebration. Together with the San Cristobal Farmers’ Association, the tree planting activity by the foundation was the first after two grass fires struck almost 100 hectares of land in the protected area.
To date, HFI has mobilized 1,726 volunteers serving a total of 6,600 hours dedicated to restoring Philippine forests in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon.
“Through Honda’s support, hectares of rainforests now help take in carbon dioxide, bring back the homes of birds and other wildlife and benefit communities,” Haribon Foundation said.
HFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of The Honda Group of Companies in the Philippines.