UCPB associates recently trekked a portion of Mt. Banahaw–San Cristobal in San Pablo, Laguna for a tree-planting activity with Haribon Foundation.
Some 42 associates joined the activity on July 29, 2017, working together to plant 500 seedlings donated by the Bank to Haribon Foundation.
Haribon program coordinator Thaddy Martinez gave a briefing to the associates before leading them to the tree-planting site, which was 12 kilometers up from the foot of the mountain.
“We are grateful to UCPB for taking part in the tree-planting, not only are we helping Mother Nature, but we are also supporting the livelihood of the community,” said Mr. Martinez.
The community helps Haribon coordinate the activity by preparing the land and bringing the seedlings to the tree-planting site, according to Mr. Martinez.
For UCPB HR Training Assistant Beam Millena, she considered it is a humbling experience.
“The fact that we were able to extend our help beyond what is tangible makes the experience more meaningful. The sense of fulfillment brought to us by planting those trees was priceless,” she said.
“Some brought home bruises, some sore muscles, and some just extremely dirty laundry, but all of us brought home fulfilled hearts knowing we had done our part in caring for Mother Earth,” she continued.
Early this year, UCPB and Haribon Foundation signed a memorandum of agreement formalizing the partnership to plant seedlings at a protected area overseen by the foundation.
Date published: September 5, 2017