After the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Resorts World Manila (RWM) delivered big wins for mother earth with activities that aim to promote and protect environmental sustainability.
RWM employees volunteered their free time to take part in the company’s first corporate social responsibility (CSR) day dubbed “LOVE-tanim ay di biro.” Participants went to the La Mesa Nature Reserve in Quezon City to take part in eco-awareness activities in cooperation with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s Bantay Kalikasan Program.
Through this, RWM supports the national government’s campaign for tree-planting activities to address the country’s dwindling urban forest. “Napaka-importanteng La Mesa Watershed sa buhay natin, particular para sa mga taga-Maynila. At ang pagpuntang mga empleyadong Resorts World Manila dito ay napaka-laking tulong para sa amin [The La Mesa Watershed is very important in our lives, particularly those living in Manila. That is why having Resorts World Manila employees here is a big help to us],” said Bantay Kalikasan Program project manager Dave Azurin.
Volunteer employees joined in on green activities including a 6-kilometer trek through the watershed, a lecture on local environmental efforts, and hands-on soil potting and germinant planting. The efforts produced 200 germinant plants of endemic species of trees which will be transferred later within the year during a tree planting activity on a hectare of land the company will adopt and help grow.
“Ang mga naitanim na germinants ay palalakihin at itatanim pagdating ng tag-ulan ditto sa loob ng watershed. Kahit kalahati lang sa mga na itanim na ito ang mabuhay ay malaking bagay na [The germinants planted will be grown and transferred to an area within the watershed once the rainy season comes. Even if only half of those plants get to live, that’s already a significant contribution],” Azurin adds.
The initiative is part of RWM’s League of Volunteer Employees (LOVE) Program designed to create a culture of volunteerism aligned with the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) thrusts of promoting Philippine Tourism and the Arts, Social Development, and Environmental Sustainability.
“It’s our second time doing this activity here at the La Mesa Nature Reserve and we’re thrilled to be part of such as significant initiative,” said Owen Cammayo, director for Corporate Communications, RWM. “Saving the environment is a big challenge but it only takes small steps to make a difference. That’s why we encourage our employees by providing them with avenues to do their part and help preserve the environment through eco-friendly practices.”
RWM continues its green initiatives with its monthly “Live and Love Green” recycling day activity in partnership with Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines.