Globe Telecoms and its customers have raised P14.8 million equivalent to 148 hectares of reforestation sites in several areas in Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur as part of Globe’s partnership with Hineleban Foundation Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization based in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Aside from enhancing critical watersheds to achieve water and food security, these efforts also help increase biodiversity, establish forest habitats, sequester greenhouse gases and improve livelihoods of local communities.
“Rainforestation efforts in the Philippines are of importance as they aid in protecting and enhancing critical watersheds that provide water to downstream communities. Rainforestation has major benefits that can be observed from ridge to reef, such as the mitigation of landslides and floods, the creation of microclimates, and the protection of wildlife habitats,” said James Tuason, Hineleban Foundation head of reforestation.
Primary rainforests play an important role in regulating oxygen and carbon cycles. Since the beginning of the partnership between Globe and Hineleban in 2016 until the end of 2019, a conservative estimate of 16,411.67 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) have been sequestered or captured by the trees planted. Hineleban estimates the total amount to reach at least 94,000 metric tons CO2 by 2025. This is equivalent to the electricity used in 15,926 homes for one year, 20,323 passenger vehicles driven for one year, or around 12 billion smartphones charged.
Globe customers who want to be part of the rainforestation advocacy may donate their Globe Rewards points to Hineleban Foundation. Every 100 Rewards points donation is equivalent to one tree.
As a purpose-driven company, Globe remains committed to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 13 which underscores the importance of climate action to save lives and livelihoods to address climate emergencies, and UNSDG No. 15 which promotes the protection, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. Globe joins over 9,600 companies demonstrating a commitment to environmental transparency by disclosing through CDP, a global non-profit organization that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform.