GEOTHERMAL leader Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has partnered with non-government organization Philippine Permaculture Association (PPA) to protect and propagate 21 rare and threatened native trees species in Nueva Ecija.
Under EDC’s Binhi program, 152 seedlings from these species were planted in the premises of Cabiokid Foundation, Inc., a 13-hectare permaculture development site and integrated farm that serves as PPA’s demo farm. Some of the species planted were Yakal-saplungan, Yakal-malibato, Malabayabas, Betis, Apunan, Pianga, Kamagong, Kamagong ponce, Ipil, Tindalo, and Supa. These species have dwindled in number in the wild and are no longer familiar to the younger generation.
The PPA promotes knowledge on permaculture for sustainable agriculture. Permaculture is the practice of integrating people and the environment to create diverse, stable, and resilient agricultural systems. It comes from the combination of the words “permanent” and “agriculture.”
Binhi is the only corporate-led program to identify and propagate 96 rare and threatened native tree species. Through the program, EDC has reforested over 9,500 hectares with these indigenous species. Binhi now has over 150 partners nationwide that help propagate these tree species.
EDC is one of the world’s largest geothermal producers and the country’s leading renewable energy company with an installed capacity of 1,471.8MW. EDC is a subsidiary of First Gen Corp., the country’s largest clean energy company, with a portfolio that includes natural gas, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydro.