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NGCP volunteers plant trees in Tayabas, Quezon

MANILA, Aug. 17 (PNP) — Power transmission service provider National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has taken an active role to protect the environment by engaging in tree-planting activities with local officials of Tayabas, Quezon.

True to the firm’s commitment to give back something to the community where it operates, volunteers from NGCP-South Luzon Operation & Maintenance District 2 headed by Patrocinio Palad planted 500 mahogany tree seedlings in Barangay Lakawan.

Barangay Chair Joy Saburnido welcomes the NGCP initiatives, saying they themselves have committed to develop the area and protect the seedlings.

Environmental programs such as tree planting and nurturing activities, coastal clean-up, and mangrove reforestation projects are regular activities done by NGCP in partnership with local government units (LGUs) and other agencies such as NGOs, the academe, media and other socio-civic organizations.

Aside from tree planting, NGCP also provides scholarship grants to members of indigenous peoples (IPs) from some of the remote barangays of the country.

Palad said they are just doing their part as a good steward of the environment. “We have the responsibility to conserve and protect the environment. Let us bear in mind that we rely on nature and its resources for our survival”.

The tree-planting activity was a follow-up to the coastal cleanup and mangrove tree-planting held last June 30, wherein NGCP volunteers headed by Operations and Maintenance group and the Corporate Communications Regional Officer planted mangroves at Barangay Villa Bota, Gumaca, also in Quezon.

There, volunteers picked up garbage scattered along Villa Bota’s coastline before planting 5,000 mangrove trees.

NGCP is a privately-owned corporation in charge of operating and maintaining the country’s high voltage power grid like transmission lines and substations spread throughout thousands of barangay communities nationwide.

Regular maintenance activities and expansion projects aim to enhance the reliability and quality of electricity delivered to customers. NGCP also regularly implements reforestation and fruit tree seedling dispersal activities to replenish the trees affected by transmission projects.(PNA)

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