Hedcor exceeds tree planting target in Luzon

November 15, 2016

Hedcor exceeds tree planting target in Luzon
In Sabangan, Hedcor forester inspects the growing pine trees planted by the Hedcor with the help of the community. To ensure high survival rate, Hedcor partners with the landowners to maintain the trees.
In Sabangan, Hedcor forester inspects the growing pine trees planted by the Hedcor with the help of the community. To ensure high survival rate, Hedcor partners with the landowners to maintain the trees.
Protecting the environment is part of the daily operation of Hedcor side by side its run-of-river hydropower operation.



This year, Hedcor exceeded its target of 189,000 trees planted in its host communities in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Mt. Province. To date, the company planted 205,000 trees of different species.



The company attributes this success to the cooperation of various stakeholders who participated in its greening program.



“Our host communities are very active in supporting our environmental activities,” says Chris Faelnar, the Senior Vice President of Hedcor.



In Benguet, there were 87,000 trees joining the forests, 55,000 trees in Ilocos Sur and 60,500 trees in Mt. Province.



For the past years, Hedcor was able to maintain 89% survival rate of the trees planted as validated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.



Hedcor uses the ‘family-based approach’ as a major initiative in making the tree planting program a success. Through this approach, families are awarded contracts to plant trees and maintain them for a number of years. Technical and financial assistance are provided by the company to ensure the survival of the trees.



Hedcor also supports mini-nurseries established by its partners in the community.