MORONG, Bataan: PTT Philippines on Saturday completed its mission of planting 30,000 trees in the denuded portion of the Bataan Natural Park in the Aeta village of Kanawan in Morong, Bataan under its “Gas Up for a Tree” reforestation project.
Sukanya Seriyothin, PTT Philippines president and chief executive officer, and Secretary Nereus Acosta, presidential adviser for environmental protection, planted the 30,000th tree.
Felicito Payumo, former chair of the Bases Conversion Development Authority, reigning Miss Earth Jamie Herrel and Miss Earth Philippines Anjella Ong with more than 400 volunteers joined in the final leg of the tree-planting.
“Thank you to the Magbukun Tribe for being part of their life to improve the community,” Seriyothin said.
PTT Philippines partnered with the Aeta Magbukun Tribe, whose members were given livelihood by acting as caretakers of the plantation site, in reforesting 50 hectares of the bald forest.
“This is to fulfill our commitment to plant 30,000 trees in the Bataan mountain to follow the footsteps of PTT Thailand that has planted trees in 160,000 hectares and will be planting in 150,000 hectares more in our country,” Seriyothin said.
Acosta has good words for the project. “This is not only tree-planting but tree-growing. Aside from planting, the trees are cared for until it survive and become viable,” the secretary said in Filipino.
He lauded the good relationship of PTT and Magbukon Tribe. “We encourage more Private-Public_Partnership not only in infrastructure projects but in environment. Once the community is involved, the project is closely watched,” Acosta said.
Payumo, also former Bataan congressman, has joined the tree planting since 2013 when PTT launched the project.
He said the Aeta natives will benefit in the form of livelihood once the thousands of fruit trees bear fruits.
Joseph Abraham, PTT Aeta supervisor, said the fruit trees will bear fruits in five years.