Sun.Star joins drive to protect Gulf-A A +A
By Alger Dura
Saturday, October 12, 2013
SUN.STAR Davao, led by its general manager Tessie A. Paña, participated Saturday in the planting of 3,000 seedlings of mangrove at Purok Pisces in Barangay Lasang, Davao City as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The mangrove rehabilitation and protection activity was organized by Save Davao Gulf Foundation (SDGF) Inc. and supported by Globe Telecom.
Sun.Star Davao, being one of the participating institutions in the activity, is now on its fourth year of implementing CSR program since the launch of its Adopt-A-Site project in 2010.
The company has allocated funds for the planting and maintenance of fruit-bearing trees planted within Talomo-Lipadas watershed area at sitio Saro, Barangay Manuel Guianga, Tugbok District, in Davao City.
When asked if the company's CSR project will continue, Paña said their support to government's Greening Program is a continuing process since Sun.Star Davao is "sincere in its mission to nurture our Mother Earth."
Paña was assisted by Human Resource supervisor Vic Purgatorio, Newsroom supervisor Donna Cuyos, Credit and Collection supervisor Leo Ocot, Circulation supervisor John Darwin Kapaw-an, Production supervisor Raymundo Dumagunot, Sun.Star Superbalit managing editor Alger Dura, and photographer King Rodriguez.
In a short program at the site, Save Davao Gulf Foundation president and Davao City Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III said the foundation tapped the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to allow them and its partner institutions to conduct mangrove tree planting activity in Lasang.
He said he is thankful to Globe Telecom and Sun.Star Davao for supporting their campaign to protect Davao Gulf.
"Last year, if you (Globe) could recall we were in Marilog and now we are here in Barangay Lasang. This is part of our campaign dubbed as 'Saving the Gulf by Saving the Upland," Avila said in vernacular.
Avila told the fishermen present during the activity that in order to protect Davao Gulf, they have to protect first the upland by planting fruit-bearing trees.
He also informed the fishermen in the area that their organization is now working along with 18 municipal and city mayors within Davao gulf area to come up with a better program that protects marine resources.
"If we don't protect our gulf, we don't also have access to livelihood, so let's work hand in hand," he added.
Barangay Lasang kagawad Nestor Gabronino, who represented Barangay Captain Jeanette Rodas, said the barangay council was very grateful because their barangay was chosen as one of the recipients of the project.
"We thank Save Davao Gulf Foundation, Globe Telecom, Sun.Star Davao, City Agriculture Office, and members and officers of Nagkahiusang Gagmay nga Mananagat sa Barangay Lasang (Nagmabala) for helping us protect our mangrove area," Gabronino said.
Globe's Safety, Health and Environment Program expert Bernadeth Jimenez said that they were happy because the mangove seedlings they planted last year were properly maintained by their partner association.
"Masaya kami dahil nakikita namin na inaalagan talaga ninyo," Jimenez said.
"This activity is one of the many efforts of Globe in building a nation. And this is also a continuing activity in partnership with Save Davao Gulf Foundation," she said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 13, 2013.