Maynilad plants 13k tree saplings, mangroves in 2020

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    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Maynilad) planted around 13,000 tree saplings and mangrove propagules at the Ipo watershed and the coastal areas of Cavite in 2020, as part of its watershed management program that aims to prevent soil erosion and flooding.

    Under its “Plant for Life” program, Maynilad planted 1,500 mangrove propagules along the Manila Bay coastline of Kawit, Cavite, with the help of local community volunteers. Mangroves can help protect the shore from floods, as well improve the quality of water in Manila Bay.

    Maynilad and several partner organizations planted around 11,500 trees over 28.5 hectares of the Ipo and La Mesa Watershed last year. Some 15 million people in Metro Manila and adjoining provinces rely on the Ipo Dam, as well as the Angat and La Mesa watersheds, for their daily supply of potable water. Reforestation of the denuded Ipo watershed will help to prevent the soil erosion that causes high turbidity levels in the raw water supply.

    Since the inception of “Plant for Life” in 2007, Maynilad has planted almost 600,000 indigenous trees (like narra, acacia, amisan and cupang) in the Ipo Watershed. The water company has also planted 208,000 mangrove propagules along Cavite coastal areas since 2013.

    For 2021, Maynilad aims to plant 8,000 more tree saplings and mangroves in these vital watersheds to cover an additional land area of approximately 20 hectares.

    “Reforestation is an important part of watershed management initiatives that keep our water resources sustainable. We thank all like-minded organizations who send volunteers to help us in this endeavor,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.

    “Plant for Life” is done with the support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), local government units (LGU), and some private organizations.

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    1. It really is important that reforestation is done in these areas as it is a way to keep water resources sustained. Good thing Maynilad has this program that allows them to plant more trees yearly.

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