Bike. Plant. Hike 2017
Leading Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom recently joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in showcasing the beauty of the country’s forests and in encouraging the public to be part of responsible tourism and proactive reforestation.
Globe employees set aside a day and took part in DENR’s Bike.Hike.Plant 2017 tree-planting initiative organized by the Forest Management Bureau. The event marks the celebration of Arbor Day as well as the 154th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service.
The volunteers participated in a strenuous 30-km bike and trek activity that ran from the DENR Region 3 Office in Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga up to the Mt. Arayat National Park. Over 1,000 participants biked around the city and hiked up to their chosen area to plant seedlings of various indigenous and agroforestry tree species.
Aside from the Globe employees who joined the reforestation initiative, Globe Telecom joined by providing Libreng Charging stations during the event to serve everyone who joined the celebration.
The event was conducted to inspire various stakeholders to take care of the forests as well as widen the network of forestry champions to include bikers and hikers. “Environmental sustainability is one of the immediate responsibilities of Globe especially in the face of global warming. Thus, aside from reducing and managing the impact of the company’s business operations on the planet, Globe also invests on environmental protection and partners with various organizations, particularly on reforestation programs to reduce our ecological footprint and mitigate the drastic effects of climate change,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.
Meanwhile, Globe volunteers also supported DENR’s Earth Month activities such as the coastal clean up in Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), the mangrove tree planting activity in Calatagan, Batangas, and the watershed ecosystem awareness in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
Globe Telecom is actively taking part in environmental programs that rehabilitate our world. In 2016, Globe has invested P2.371 million on total environmental protection such as reforestation programs, solid waste management, and hazardous waste disposal and treatment. It has also donated P1.4 million as initial grant for 13,500 seedlings to Hineleban Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates environmental conservation and livelihood development.