One hundred forty forest and fruit bearing seedlings were planted to the mountain resorts of Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club, Saturday, May 23, partial of the planned additional three hundred forty trees within 2015
Lead by the corporate executives, employees and volunteers of Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc., Highlands Prime, Inc., and Belle Corporation, supported by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), the annual tree planting program “One Tree at a Time” was participated by invited representatives from the German and Singaporean Embassies and guests.
“Mother Earth is our main and most important partner in providing our clients with unparalleled mountain resort living experience, through this project, we show our outmost dedication in preserving our true foundation,” explained Willy Ocier, the founder of Tagaytay Highlands and acting Vice Chairman of Belle Corporation.
Started in 2002 after Ocier’s oath to plant 1M trees by 2050, the recently concluded tree planting activity is part of environmental events under the “Green Project 2015” in celebration of Earth Day and International Biodiversity Day initiated by the aforementioned corporations.
And in just over a decade, 485,000 or almost half a million trees were already planted within the 1,300-hectare terrains of the Highlands.
“This tree planting activity is Highlands’ simple way in creating and maintaining a greener world,” said Claire Kramer, Tagaytay Highlands General Manager. She added, “We are here to make a difference, this is us changing, protecting and helping the world one tree at a time.”
Concurrent with the program, Tagaytay Highland’s agreement with ACB was renewed, marking six years of their partnership.
“We have an ongoing memorandum of understanding with Tagaytay Highlands and we have been doing this to raise public awareness on the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services,” ACB’s Programs Director Clarissa Arida said.
Other than ACB, Tagaytay Highlands is also linked with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Ocier hopes to inspire people to follow what they do in protecting the environment through preserving the Flora and Fauna. He strongly stated, “If you’re doing planting for commercial purpose, don’t do it.”
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