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FASTECH JOINS BATO BALANI’S ‘TANIM KINABUKASAN 2O16’
June 01, 2016
“He that plants trees loves others besides himself”
– Thomas Fuller
These were the words printed on the seedling bags used in “Tanim Kinabukasan 2016” spearheaded by Bato Balani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) on May 28, 2016 in Mt. Manabu in Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
Fastech participated in the tree-planting project along with other sister companies under First Asia Venture Capital, including Afreight Philippines, Inc., DIWA Learning Systems, Inc., First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH), Lima Park Hotel, Asset Growth Inc., Omni Asia Aviation, and APSSI. Fastech sent seven volunteers to take part in planting seedlings, along with 85 other volunteers from other companies, schools, and organizations.
Fastech volunteers include Sr. Mgr. Rica Medrano (PE & LM EOL), Sr. Engr. Camillo Matti, Sr. Engr. Francis Frederick Tronco, Sr. Engr. Joel Supnet, Sr. Engr. Eusebia Landicho, Cadet Engr. Arthur Lontayao, and Test Engr. Evelyn Apelado.
The activity started with a breakfast sponsored by BBFI followed by an opening program at Brgy. Sta. Cruz at 6:30 am. Each volunteer was given a loot bag containing bottled water and snack. It took the team one and a half hours to reach the peak where the tree-planting site was located.
The activity lasted for almost three hours, with 500 narra seedlings planted in the three-hectare site. The seedlings were provided for free by the Makiling-Banahaw Watershed Area Team.
The reforestation efforts in Mt. Manabu were made to aid in the local community’s water production. At the same time, the tree-planting activity was conducted in line with local efforts to prevent flood, soil erosion, and carbon dioxide sink in the area. The activity is also expected to promote the site as a biodiversity nature park, for the public to appreciate and engage in efforts to preserve its natural beauty and richness.
“Tanim Kinabukasan” started in 2009 and in the recent years became an annual activity participated by BBFI’s affiliates including Fastech. It aims to help in the rehabilitation of the nation’s forests while promoting the spirit of volunteerism among employees. This year’s project was extra special because it was part of Bato Balani Foundation’s 25th year celebration.
Mt. Manabu is part of the Malarayat mountain range and is popular among hikers and mountaineers for its easy trail. The peak is about 700 meters above sea level, about the same elevation of Tagaytay City. Other than the cool and clean mountain breeze, Mt. Manabu is popular for its breathtaking views.