About 120 Visayan Electric Company (VECO) employees and their family members trooped last September 17 to the uplands of Cebu City to plant some 2,500 coffee seedlings under this year’s joint tree planting activity of Veco and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
VECO and PBSP partnered with a people’s organization in Barangay Pung-ol Sibugay, whose members will take care of the seedlings to ensure their survival.
Paul Cadutdut, a member of the Pung-ol Sibugay people’s organization, said that the community will take care of the seedlings so that they will grow to become productive trees. He said that the coffee seedlings start bearing fruits after three years.
“Daku kaayo ug tabang namung mga lumulupyo ug sa mga musunod pa nga henerasyon ang kini nga tree planting sa VECO kay maghatag kini ug panginabuhian kanamo sa panahon nga kini mamunga. (This tree planting activity of VECO is a big help to us and to future generations here because once they start bearing fruits, the coffee trees will provide us livelihood),” he said.
VECO and its partners have been planting trees every year since 2009. To date, VECO has planted about 1,047,299 trees in different areas of Cebu.
The tree planting activity is just one of the distribution utility’s sustainability initiatives. Last August 13, 2016, the company also conducted a coastal clean-up in Barangay Pook, Talisay City.