Press Release: 10M in 10 partners plant 7.7M trees in 4 years

Bacolod City, December 12, 2019 – The 10 Million Trees in 10 Years (10M in 10) for a Greener Negros Movement

marked its Year 4 milestone today at the Social Hall of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. The Movement that was catalyzed by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) honored its partners whose dedication has resulted in the planting of more than seven million trees in four years.

 

With the theme “Taking Root,” a ceremonial planting of a Katmon tree was conducted to celebrate the collaborative efforts

of the 10M in 10 partners in working toward the common goal of re-greening Negros Island.

 

“The partners’ commitment and continuous tree-growing efforts are the reason behind the Movement’s deeper roots.

Our shared re-greening experiences within the past four years, along with the increasing amount of groups and individuals who express their interest to be part of 10M in 10 only reflect that the idea of uniting for a greener Negros

has taken root within each of us,” said Pinky Medina, 10M in 10's Project Management Head.

 

Around 100 partners attended the celebration, representing various stakeholder groups such as government agencies,

local government units, academic institutions, businesses, media, non-government organizations,

and other concerned groups and individuals.

 

The event was graced by Professor Marlo D. Mendoza and Professor Pastor L. Malabrigo, Jr. MSc

from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños.

Being the expert who developed the conceptual Master Plan of 10M in 10 and having played a major role

during its inception, Professor Mendoza delivered the significance of the occasion and shared the meaningful

growth of the entire Movement within its four years. Professor Malabrigo, Jr., the university’s Department Chair

of Plant Taxonomy and Marine Botany Biodiversity, also delivered a message of encouragement for the 10M in 10

partners, particularly on the importance of collaboration and native tree conservation as the Movement “takes root”

among the Negros Island stakeholders and how these roots grow deeper with each passing year.

 

To demonstrate how the Movement’s call for collaboration has taken root in Negros,

partners from San Carlos City, Transcom Bacolod, the Bacolod City Water District, the Negros Oriental

State University, and the Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders shared their experiences

and insights in relation to their tree growing activities with the other partners.

 

The results of this year’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities were also shared during the event.

“These numbers show that there are still a lot of things that we need to do, especially in engaging more partners

to conduct M&E. Forest restoration is a long process and it takes a lot of hard work, but through our continuous collaboration,

little by little, our forests can emerge again,” said 10M in 10’s Forest Restoration Management Officer Francis Dilig to the partners.

 

The highlight of the celebration was the recognition of the 10M in 10 partners who planted more than 10,000 trees this year

as their contribution towards achieving the Movement’s three main goals: to help protect and restore the watersheds,

improve biodiversity, and build resilient communities in Negros Island. The partners who received awards were the following:

 

  1. ASEAN-Japan International Cooperation (DG3)
  2. Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA)
  3. Bago City Local Government Unit
  4. Bais City Local Government Unit
  5. Barangay Maaslum, Municipality of Ayungon
  1. Cartronix Logistic and Transport Corporation
  2. Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office Dumaguete City
  3. Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office Kabankalan City
  4. E.B. Magalona National High School – Department of Education Negros Occidental
  5. Foundation University
  6. Friends of Earth
  7. Friends of Highlands Agrarian Reform Cooperative
  8. Institutional Environmental Advocacy Program – La Consolacion College Bacolod City
  9. Kabankalan City Local Government Unit
  10. Mangroves Sea Grasses Vital Synergy
  11. Municipality of Hinoba-an
  12. Municipality of La Castellana
  13. Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders (NORACC)
  14. New Bian Yek Commercial, Incorporated (NBYCI) Group of Companies
  15. Provincial Government of Negros Oriental – Environmental and Natural Resources Division
  16. San Carlos City Local Government Unit
  17. Sipalay City Local Government Unit
  18. Tanjay City Local Government Unit

 

Certificates were also granted to partners who were able to maintain at least an 85% survival rate of their planted trees.

These partners were as follows:

 

  1. Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA)
  2. Bago City Local Government Unit
  3. BAKURAN – Bacolod City College
  4. Cartronix Logistic and Transport Corporation
  5. Central Philippine State University (CPSU)
  6. Department of Environment and Natural Resources – City Environment and Natural Resources Office Bago City
  7. Friends of Earth
  8. Friends of Highlands Agrarian Reform Cooperative
  9. Mangroves Sea Grasses Vital Synergy
  10. Mr. Rene “Eti” Vendiola
  11. Municipality of Hinoba-an
  12. Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders (NORACC)
  13. Negros Oriental State University (NORSU)
  14. New Bian Yek Commercial, Incorporated (NBYCI)
  15. San Carlos City Local Government Unit
  16. Tanjay City Local Government Unit
  17. United Church of Christ in the Philippines – Bais City

 

Capacitating more partners in monitoring and evaluation processes and, of course, the planting, growing, and protection

of a million more trees were identified by the PMO as the main goals of the Movement in 2020. It is hoped that as the Movement

takes deeper roots within the hearts and minds of the 10M in 10 partners, a common goal can be achieved

- a greener and improved community for the benefit of all and for future Negrense generations.