Braving the heat of the morning sun, a number of VECO team members representing labor and management, trooped to Barangay Inoboran in Naga City last April for this year’s mangrove planting and coastal cleanup.
The environmental and community effort was in commemoration of the first year since the creation of the company’s Labor Management Council (LMC), and its continuing corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity that emphasizes individual and organizational contributions in caring for communities where VECO operates.
A total of 2,000 mangrove propagules provided by the Selim United Mangroves Planters Association (SUMPA) Multi-purpose Cooperative (SUMPA) were planted by VECO team members headed by the company’s HR Head Mia Carmela Cuenco and VECO Employees Union Pres ident Rol ando Jimenez.
The planting site is a 29.63-hectare mangrove protected area along the coastline of Naga City. Teodelyn Selim, SUMPA’s secretary said there are some 300 people residing in the protected area, many of them earning their living fishing and selling the mangrove propagules, while the others act as mangrove forest rangers.
Meanwhile, Cuenco said the company intends to continue its partnership with SUMPA as VECO intends to support initiatives to put up a turtle sanctuary and mini marine park in the area sometime next year.