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SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (Dec. 13, 2016) — Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Visayas have sealed a deal to work together to help achieve the goals of Earth Day to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by April 22, 2020.
Both started by planting 5,000 young trees today with the Municipality of San Fernando at the designated buffer zone of the quarry SEDC operates in the hinterland barangay of Magsico.
SEDC and DOLE-7 also forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the same day for both organizations to monitor and ensure the growth of the trees they planted within the 2-hectare land.
DOLE-7 regional director Exequiel R. Sarcauga signed the MOA with Mitzie Almira I. Carin, SEDC deputy division manager for human resources and administration (HRA).
Some 42 town employees joined the 66 DOLE-7 personnel in planting the young trees with 10 SEDC staff, nine employees of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. and 20 personnel of SEDC contractor Triple 8 Resources and Development Corp.
In his message, SEDC director Hiroyuki Sakakibara underscored the objective to “grow, not just plant, trees” as defined in the company’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP).
“We exert extra efforts to ensure the survival of these seedlings as this is one of the sustainable ways to positively affect the environment,” he said.
“(We) will hopefully help in the global efforts to fight climate change,” he added pointing out why the activity adopted the “Trees for the Earth” theme of the Earth Day initiative.
The EPEP thrust, he explained, will help restore and protect the biodiversity of the highlands of San Fernando. “We want to give back to our host community,” he pointed out.