Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pagudpud windfarm grows 205,000 trees in 3 years

NLREC officials and the people of Pagudpud led by mayor Marlon Sales join the ceremonial planting of the 205,000th seedling which marks the three-year implementation of the Pagudpud windfarm's reforestation program. (Photo courtesy of Joey Quiaoit)

Staff reporter

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte—Over the past three years, the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), which operates an 81-megawatt wind farm at Brgy. Caparispisan in this town, has been growing forest trees as part of its greening program.

On October 26, 2017, local officials and residents here witnessed the ceremonial planting of the 205,000th seedling within the 625-hectare windfarm.

In 2014, the NLREC started to plant indigenous trees in a once barren area where they installed the towering windmills.

“The first major goal of this effort was to produce 350,000 seedlings and plant 205,000 within three years,” said Maria Meliza Tuba-Principe, senior manager for stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility of the NLREC.

As part of the company’s commitment to provide livelihood opportunities to the host communities and to advocate environment protection, NLREC launched the reforestation program.

The NLREC hired a forester to directly supervise the setting up of tree nurseries and ensure that they grow healthy and robust. They also hired people form the host communities as plant nursery staff, forest and forest-fire suppression guards, and reforestation workers.

They also trained at least 36 community partners to provide indigenous seedlings for the company. Upon request, the NLREC also provides seedlings to other local government units and nearby communities in support of the national government’s expanded greening program.

Now on its third year, Roman Miguel De Jesus, NLREC president along with Pagudpud town officials led by mayor Marlon Sales and other representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources participated in the tree planting activity as an expression of commitment and continuing efforts to grow more trees within the 293-hectare reforestation program of the Ayala wind farm.

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