Megawide Foundation and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) conducted a tree-planting activity at the Marikina Watershed on 08 November 2019. 70 Megavolunteers from Megawide, its business units, and subsidiaries went through a 20-minute slippery hike up to the five-hectare tree-planting activity site to plant over 1,800 native fruit-bearing trees.
“We really believe in watershed adoption primarily because one of the three key objectives of the CSR Policy of Megawide is ‘to be an outstanding steward for the environment,’ said Sheila Lynn Nawata, Megawide Foundation Chief Operating Officer. “As a large engineering and construction conglomerate, we want to do our part in protecting the environment through planting trees and conserving the watershed, which is why the Foundation has adopted a total of 15 hectares and planted over 9,000 trees in the area since 2015,” she continued.
The tree-planting activity held at the Marikina Watershed was Megawide Foundation’s opening activity in their first Megavolunteer month. “This initiative aims to provide platform to Megawide employees to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism by engaging with the community in a wide array of activities such as tree planting, medical missions, and coastal clean-ups, and at the same time incorporate the company’s core values, malasakit, teamwork, and community to name a few,” said Nawata.
Aside from Megawide Foundation’s support to the Marikina Watershed tree-planting activity, they are also partnering with PBSP for their next activity for the Megavolunteer month, which will also be a tree-planting initiative in La Mesa Dam.