Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco, joins Energy Development Corporation (EDC) on the 10th anniversary celebration of its corporate greening legacy, the BINHI program. Ibasco graced the culmination of the geothermal leader’s BINHI day, along with EDC’s executives, employees, and partners.

In celebration of the BINHI anniversary, EDC committed to a series of activities geared towards the realization of planting 10 Million trees nationwide. Over 200 EDC employee and partner organization volunteers planted endangered native tree species, including Balite, Tabugay, Taruy, Talo-ot, Pili, and Kube, to help grow back the forests of Negros Island.

Already on its 10th year, more than 2.5 million trees have already been planted on over 3,000 hectares of Negros Island with the help of EDC’s 30 BINHI local partners. On a national scale, EDC has planted about 6.3 million seedlings with the help of its 149 partners from 16 regions throughout the country.

Unlike other corporate reforestation initiatives, EDC has taken its greening legacy to the next level with its strategic approach. In 2016, EDC’s BINHI team already identified, located, and collected samples of its 96 targeted threatened native tree species and have sought out to propagate them. In fact, earlier this year EDC launched two (2) of its state-of-the-art automated nurseries called Vegetative Material Reproduction (VMR) facilities in Antipolo and Valencia, Negros Oriental, which mimic the conditions of a natural forest habitat.

“With BINHI, we celebrate trees and how vital they are to sustaining life on earth. Trees are the reason humans even exist in the world and are critical to our survival – our BINHI Program knows this,” said Ms. Cedie Lopez-Vargas, Director for Lopez Memorial Museum, during the annual BINHI celebration.

“We don’t plant trees just for corporate social responsibility. We plant trees because we need to; their last breath may well be our last too,” added Lopez-Vargas.

Apart from its tree planting initiatives, EDC also conducted a river clean-up for its Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project, which gathered 133 volunteers from the company, the LGU, members of the Alliance of Bacman Farmers Association, Inc. (ALBAFAI), the Philippine Army, senior citizens, and residents. The Rizal River clean-up is part of the Adopt-an-Estero program of the DENR- Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), which aims to improve the quality of the river systems through community mobilization, in partnership with the private sector. The Rizal River was included in the Adopt-an-Estero program through a Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR-EMB, the LGU of Sorsogon City, and EDC.

EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country. The company has over forty years of leadership in generating geothermal energy, the only form of RE that can provide base-load power 24/7.