Aboitiz celebrates 4 yrs. of green transformation

COMMITMENT. The Aboitiz Group renews its commitment to the Buhisan rehabil-itation project through a tree-planting ceremony on Dec. 20, 2023 at the Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve in Barangay Buhisan, Cebu City. (From left) Buhisan Ba-rangay Captain and SMU 1 president Gremar Barete; Mardi Mapa-Suplido, chief operating officer (COO) of Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Raul Lucero, president and COO of Visayan Electric; and Elvin Uy, executive director of  Philippine Business for Social Progress. /  CONTRIBUTED
COMMITMENT. The Aboitiz Group renews its commitment to the Buhisan rehabil-itation project through a tree-planting ceremony on Dec. 20, 2023 at the Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve in Barangay Buhisan, Cebu City. (From left) Buhisan Ba-rangay Captain and SMU 1 president Gremar Barete; Mardi Mapa-Suplido, chief operating officer (COO) of Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Raul Lucero, president and COO of Visayan Electric; and Elvin Uy, executive director of Philippine Business for Social Progress. / CONTRIBUTED

FOR the fourth year in a row, the Aboitiz Group has conducted the rehabilitation of Cebu A-Park, which will enhance and revitalize the Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve. This initiative forms an integral part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of the Aboitiz Foundation and various Aboitiz business units in Cebu including Visayan Electric, in collaboration with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). The project aligns with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Enhanced National Greening Program, underscoring the commitment of the Aboitiz Group to co-create safe, empowered and sustainable communities.

This year’s project aims to rehabilitate, protect and conserve 30 hectares of the Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve. With plans for planting over 150,000 seedlings, establishing a riparian, and creating a butterfly sanctuary, the project demonstrates the Aboitiz Group’s dedication to nature-based carbon emission management through its flagship program, A-Park.

As the Aboitiz Group embarks on its Great Transformation to become the Philippines’ first Techglomerate, sustainability takes center stage. The ongoing partnership between the Aboitiz Group and PBSP under the Cebu A-Park program is vital for the continued rehabilitation of the protected forest, addressing the impending water crisis in Metro Cebu, and stands as a beacon of hope and environmental stewardship. Over the planned five-year program, the initiative not only focuses on environmental conservation but also provides sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities.

“For us in the Aboitiz Group, sustainability is an integral part of our Great Transformation journey. We will stay actively focused on developing environmentally and socially impactful initiatives for all our stakeholders, as we continue to advance business and communities,” said Aboitiz Foundation chief operating officer (COO) Mardi Mapa-Suplido.

Year 4 of the Cebu A-Park VECO-Buhisan Watershed Forest Rehabilitation Project marks a milestone in this sustainable journey. The project addresses climate change and supports the DENR’s Enhanced National Greening Program. Managing environmental impacts and taking innovative climate action are integral to the Aboitiz Group’s #OneNew Aboitiz Sustainability Synergy, reflecting its commitment to confront critical environmental challenges.

The Buhisan Project, part of A-Park, has played a pivotal role in reforestation efforts, adopting 150 hectares in the Buhisan Watershed. Through partnerships and community engagement, the project ensures a stable water supply for Metro Cebu while providing livelihood opportunities for local organizations.

“Visayan Electric is committed to ensure that this project will continue not just for the environment but also to ensure the steady supply of water to Cebu,” said Raul Lucero, president and COO of Visayan Electric.

Future goals for the Buhisan Project will include planting over 250,000 native trees, achieving an 80 percent survival rate, establishing a central tree nursery, and creating a two-kilometer riparian. With sustainability at the core of the Great Transformation, the Aboitiz Group remains committed to developing initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment and society.

This sustainable partnership exemplifies the Aboitiz Group’s dedication to contributing to the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. The group will continue to collaborate, work towards a sustainable future, and co-create a better world for generations to come.

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