In their effort to preserve and save the environment, PTT Philippines Corp. achieved its goal of planting 10,000 trees in the span of three months under the company’s social responsibility (CSR) project “Gas Up for a Tree” led by PTT president and chief executive officer Wisarn Chawalitanon and various sectoral leaders, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and the locals of Morong, Bataan.
Aetas from the Magbukun Tribe, led by their chieftain, serve as PTT’s partner in taking care of the trees planted in the forest of Kanawan in Morong. More than 100 Aeta families from Magbukun tribe were given livelihood as managers of a nursery of seedlings and caretaker of the trees that have been planted.
A mobile application was also launched during the festivity, coinciding a tribal games organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee headed by Col. Jeff Tamayo.
The smiling faces of the Aeta children sparks miles of hope for the tribe and the community and this is what Chawalitanon has been aspiring. “We are fortunate enough to get an active support from government and non-governmental organizations as well as those coming from the academe, the church, and other partners from the private sector,” he said.
“We cannot claim credit for this success. It is the cause or ou call to stand for the environment per se that led these people to support this project. it shows as well the level of public awareness on how each one of us should get our acts together to protect Mother Earth,” Chawalitanon added.
Among those who participated in the third leg of tree-planting activity include Environmental Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio; Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova; former BCDA chairman Felicito Payumo; Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN Foundation; Dr. Lourdes Cruz of National Research Council of the Philippines; and Col. Tamayo.
PTT Philippines is the local subsidiary of Thailand’s biggest oil company, the PTT Public Company Limited that was ranked 81st in Top 500 Corporations in Fortune’s Global 500 for 2013.
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