Energy Development Corporation’s Binhi Program chose Central Luzon State University as one of their partners on rescuing and securing the gene pool of premium endangered native tree species and to plant and establish mother trees of premium endangered native species in urban areas where these are protected in the Philippines. The Partnership Commitment signing, unveiling of marker and ceremonial planting was held at the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) -Climate Change Center (CCC) Amphitheater and Conservation Parks on November 29, 2016 and attended by faculty, staff, researchers and more than 100 students.
The ENERGY DEVELOPMENT COPRPORATION (EDC) employs a holistic and scientific approach in addressing the issues of biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, carbon sequestration, socio-economic upliftment, and ecotourism. What makes BINHI truly unique is its bias for the use of endangered, premium Philippine tree species in regenerating our forest for the benefit of future generations of Filipinos. Hence, the Conservation Parks of ICCEM truly match the aims of BINHI in terms of the conservation of native plants such as medicinal plants, botanical pesticide, phytoremediation, perfumery plants, etc.
Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Director, ICCEM gave the welcome message while Mr. Ricky A. Carandang, Vice President for EDC-Corporate Affairs Group and Dr. Tereso A. Abella, CLSU President delivered their commitment messages for the success of the partnership during the program and also led the Unveiling of Marker and Ceremonial Planting of Native and Premium trees of the Philippines.