Hedcor to complete refo of adopted 1000 hectares-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
PART of the watershed management plan of Hedcor, a wholly owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, is the adaptation of 1,000 hectares within the protected areas of the Mt. Apo Natural Park. By year-end, Hedcor is committed to cover the remaining 170 hectares.
"We started our commitment of helping the preservation and protection of the Mt. Apo Natural Park in 2008. Our promise to cover the 1000 hectares will soon be completed before the end of this year," Hedcor vice president for business development Gregorio "Boy" Jabonillo said.
Hedcor reaffirmed its bid to preserve the watersheds through its notable environmental initiative programs -- reforestation, roadside rehabilitation, riverbank stabilization, and agro-forestry. The remaining 75000 trees are scheduled to be planted next month.
"With the overwhelming cooperation of the company's host communities of barangay Sibulan, this achievement will soon add to Hedcor’s milestone," Jabonillo said. "They are with us from the start until now in achieving this commitment."
Hedcor recognized the importance of a healthy watershed for its business of hydroelectric power generation. The company has been operating run-of-river hydropower plants since 1972, and started building its own since 1990. For more than 35 years, the company has always done its part in the preservation and protection of watersheds.
"But the completion of 1000 hectares coverage does not end there. We, from Hedcor, will still look for more environmental initiatives in the coming years to help protect the watersheds and conserve its surrounding flora and fauna," Jabonillo said.
The company will continue to partner with residents of its host communities in the implementation and sustainability of the environment.
The hydro company also ensures it does not contribute in any way to water pollution. Further, Hedcor team members are encouraged to plant at least 20 trees for each employee per year.
Hedcor's recorded survival rate is 86percent. And, they are striving to maintain it or to increase the rate. To date, the company already planted over 600,000 trees in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao.
Hedcor specializes in developing and operating run-of-river plants. It has 19 generating facilities in the Ilocos Sur, Benguet and Davao with a total capacity of 155 megawatts. The company is ISO- certified for Environment Management Systems and a recipient of Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Seal of Excellence as a direct result of the company’s green practices. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 05, 2013.