There are more good things to come for the Museum, as the staff of Coca-cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. – Canlubang Plant pledged to volunteer in the upkeep of the Hortorium starting with a tree-planting activity held this 13 August 2016.

Assisted by several staff and volunteers from the Museum of Natural History, around 20 employees of Coca-cola FEMSA planted 100 seedlings of indigenous dipterocarp tree species in selected areas inside the Hortorium. The seedlings, meanwhile, were donated by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

The Canlubang plant is one of Coca-cola FEMSA’s facilities all over the Philippines and has a serious advocacy of protecting and conserving the environment. The plant aims to help create environmental consciousness in all levels of their supply chain and the communities where it operates.

“We highly encourage companies to not only plant trees in the Hortorium, but help in the upkeep of the premises like regular pruning, grass cutting, and clearing,” Michelle DR. Alejado, MNH Coordinator for Linkages, said during a short orientation before the planting activity.

“We are very grateful for the partnership with Coca-Cola FEMSA Canlubang,” as we plan to involve more private and corporate organizations to beef up the facilities of the Museum,” Alejado added.

The Hortorium is a living collection of trees and plants beside the Molawin Creek and under the Narra Bridge in UPLB. It is also a laboratory and experimental area used in several courses at UPLB, particularly in biology. Companies would be able to help not only the environment but ensure that the Hortorium become a more ideal place for studying ecology and biology of trees.

The EDC’s BINHI program focuses on the rescue of threatened native tree species and partners with different institutions which will maintain and jointly protect planted trees to save them from extinction.

“That is why we also thank Energy Development Corporation, through its BINHI Tree for the Future Program, for providing us with seedlings of threatened tree species,” Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, Director of the Museum of Natural History intimated to the group at the sidelines.

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