Globe, Hineleban Foundation lead advocacy to replenish remaining 1.5% primary rainforests in Philippines
The conversion of forest cover in recent years had been going on in an alarming rate due to the burgeoning growth of agricultural plantations. Then again, poaching of trees in the remaining forests still prevail despite efforts from the government to arrest it. The monumental loss of our prized natural resource could be attributed to numerous reasons, but the causes have not changed since we first read about it in elementary textbooks. Years of Kaingin fires due to slash and burn farming had its debilitating impact to our forest lands which according to the Philippine Forestry Statistics from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau number 15,805,325 hectares.
Add to that, the rising number of human settlements in forest areas brought about by increasing population have converted lands which are naturally rainforest before. Rainforests have since then been converted into agricultural lands.
Globe and Hineleban Foundation’s rainforestation efforts went underway in December 2016 and have vamped up this year which now covers 34 hectares of Brazilian, Caribbean Pine trees, along with Almon, Bagtikan, Mayapis, Apitong, Red lauan, Palosapis, White lauan, Nato, and other indigenous tree species. As former Regional Executive Director of DENR Regions 6 and 10, Raoul T. Geollegue explains the choice of tree species in his article The Hineleban Restoration Approach, "Calliandra, Brazilian and Caribbean pine trees introduced here are simply interim in nature, but they serve the twin purpose of providing economic returns and ecological services which hastened forest restoration. When the interim tree species are harvested, what remains is an assemblage of trees with the floristic composition and canopy structure of a tropical rainforest, hence the term rainforestation."
In 2015, Globe also launched its paperless billing campaign to contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of Life on Land–centered on protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Today, its customers now have an option to simply receive their monthly billings via email.
In this collective effort, customers can help plant one tree at a time, one tree back into our rainforests. For every P100 donation, you will be able to name your own tree, know its location via GPS and monitor its growth online! To donate, visit http://hineleban.org/donate/.
To know more about Globe and its sustainability efforts visit newsroom.globe.com.ph/sustainability or follow Globe Bridging Communities on Facebook. To Learn more about the Hineleban Foundation and its projects visit http://hineleban.org/.