In line with its desire to promote sustainable development in the country, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) recently launched its year-long reforestation and greening campaign through a tree planting activity in New Clark City, Tarlac.
A total of 500 seedlings were planted in New Clark City during the campaign launch on April 22, organized in partnership with private sector groups led by Abacan River and Angeles Watershed Advocacy Council Inc. (ARAW-ACI).
This event is the first in a series of tree planting initiatives that will be carried out by BCDA as part of the state organization’s 30th anniversary celebration this year. It also took place on the occasion of Earth Day 2022 with the theme “Investing in our planet”.
“New Clark City was built on the principles of sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness. As we continue to implement high-impact infrastructure projects to propel economic growth, we recognize our duty to give back to the Mother Earth and to preserve the environment for our future generations,” engineer Mark Torres, vice president of BCDA’s Department of Engineering and Social Support, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This initiative is just one of the steps BCDA is taking to achieve inclusiveness through sustainability. Looking ahead and beyond, we hope to play an instrumental role in investing in the planet alongside partners “, he added.
ARAW-ACI provided the seedlings for the tree planting activity, consisting of bamboo, narra, molave and kalantas. The choice of seedlings was based on the recommendations made by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its biodiversity assessment study for New Clark City.
“I express our deepest gratitude to BCDA for making us a partner-advocate in launching the Greening and Reforestation Campaign for Sustainable Communities. Our common dream and goal is to provide enough resources for future generations. – that is, to ensure sustainability through our advocacy for water, food security and action against climate change,” said ARAW-ACI President Renato Tayag Jr..
Cleo Kawawaki, Head of the AfDB’s Public-Private Partnership Office, said, “Smart, resilient and green – this is the way of the future. BCDA was a pioneer in urban development and realized this dream. I’m so excited to be a part of this tree planting to make resilience and water conservation a part of this great undertaking.”
In addition to sustainability goals, the tree planting campaign also responds to BCDA and the Department of Transportation’s commitment to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to replace trees that will be impacted by the road project. of Subic-Clark iron.
The SCRP is a 71 kilometer freight railway linking the Subic Bay Free Zone and the Clark Free Zone, connecting the Port of Subic Bay and Clark International Airport and other economic hubs in the region, including including New Clark City.
ARAW-ACI is a non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a longtime partner of the Angeles City local government unit in the Adopt-A-Watershed Advocacy Program in Barangay Sapangbato, Angeles City .