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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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EDC to mark ‘10M in 10'
first year anniversary
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Nearly reaching their commitment to plant a million trees in celebration of the first year anniversary of “10M in 10 for a greener Negros,” the Energy Development Corporation and its partners kicked off with a series of activities yesterday, starting with the planting of 50 premium native trees at the St. Paul University's Eco Park Sanctuary in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Since the launch of the project, EDC and 89 partner agencies have planted over 600,000 trees leading to the planting of the one millionth tree December 1 as highlight of the anniversary celebration, a press release from EDC said.

Over 400 members of EDC's farmer-associations have benefitted from the planting and maintenance of these trees in various parts of Valencia, Dauin, and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental, and in San Carlos, Calatrava, Bago and Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental.

The tree planting yesterday was followed by the first NIR Positive Energy Battle of the Brains semi-finals in Fleur de Lis Auditorium at St. Paul's University Dumaguete where eight schools are vying for the chance to earn the accolade of having the brightest and most environmentally conscious students.

The schools that are participating in the semi-finals are the Negros Oriental State University, Foundation University, SPUD, STI Dumaguete, Silliman University, Metro Dumaguete College, Asian College of Science and Technology, and Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

The first NIR-wide quiz bee, with the theme “Climate Action through Education”, will focus on topics related to climate change, renewable energy, environmental preservation, and sustainable development.

Three schools will advance to the finals and will face off with finalists from schools in Negros Occidental during the grand finals at the Robinsons Place Dumaguete event center on November 25.

As part of their other environmental initiatives for this year, EDC will also be launching the 20-hectare endemic trees arboretum at Foundation University in Brgy. Azagra, Tanjay. This botanical or tree garden will harbor a living collection of endemic and indigenous trees in Negros Island.

Norreen Bautista, head of EDC's Community Partnerships, External Relations, and Watershed Management in Negros Island, said “EDC is the only organization in the country undertaking the rescue of our country's endangered premium and indigenous tree species”.

“We are well-positioned to do so because a critical part of our business model and process is the protection of the watersheds that, kilometers below their surface, replenish the water needed by the earth to generate geothermal steam,” she added.

The 10M in 10 is the biggest forest restoration movement in Negros Island that aims to plant, grow and maintain 10 million trees in 10 years. It was launched October 10, 2015 with EDC's 58 pioneer partners who all want a greener future for their region.*JFP

 

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