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Planting trees kick off ‘500 Trees and Beyond’

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SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (June 29, 2021)Two allied companies in San Fernando culminated the celebration of the 2021 Environment Month with separate but simultaneous tree planting activities last June 25.

Some 37 employees of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) planted from early 650 young trees in an open space above the plant complex that will serve as an added buffer zone for the manufacturing facility.

Meanwhile, Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) collaborated again with the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC) in launching “500 Years of Christianity: 500 Legacy Trees and Beyond.”

CACEC chairman Fr, Murphy Sarsonas, parish priest of San Agustin de Hippo Parish Church until two years ago, led the kick-off at the SEDC- St. Agustin Eco-Pilgrimage Park in the hinterlands of Magsico.

The delegation included members of the Alpha Phi Omega Phils., Inc., Cebu Pink Paddlers Dragonboat Team and the Ruach Charismatic Community who planted 500 young trees at what used to be a mined-out area.

The Cebu Pink Paddlers Dragonboat Team delegation

Under the program, the Archdiocese of Cebu with all its parishes and associated organizations will plant 500 trees at the eco-park every month and culminate in time for Earth Day on April 22, 2022.

The activity will be coupled with a clean-up activity, according to Mitzie Almira I. Carin, SEDC division manager for human resources and administration.

In the other tree planting activity, TCPI plant manager Tatsushi Sasao led the expats with his two assistants, Seiji Horiuchi and Kimitoshi Yoshida, plus senior vice president for finance Taro Sumi and VP administration Takuya Nose.

Dwight Avila, deputy manager of the Environment and Safety Division, organized and facilitated the activity with his team and first aiders of the company’s Emergency Response Team (ERT).