Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI), together with its realty partners and Habitat for Humanity Philippines, successfully conducted a tree planting activity at Macapaya, Upper Camaman-an last January 31, 2015. Together with the community, the group planted 100 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees such as rambutan, jack fruit, marang and guyabano.
“We are not just a company who build sustainable properties, we also rebuild communities through our green advocacies. Through these projects, we know we can bring people together in attaining our goals in ensuring environmental sustainability,” Gladys Echano, ITPI Sales Director, said in her speech.
The tree planting activity was joined by the Macapaya Hills Oro Settlers Association Inc. (MAHOSAI) members with their president, Augustus Abcede, “Nowadays, we are blessed to have such environment-friendly companies that help us pursue our goal in sustaining what’s left in our environment and rebuilding anew. This is a testimony of hope, chance and community development,” he noted during his remarks.
Just recently, Mindanao has set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour. With 3.2 million seedlings, a mix of forest varieties and commercial crops, were sown as part of a national forestation program. The activity has won a Guinness World Record which succeeded India from its 1.9 million seedlings in an hour.
The Philippines, a once densely-forested archipelago, has lost much of its forest cover due to development, logging and slash-and-burn farming which led to constant flooding and landslides in areas in Mindanao and Visayas.
“Trees promote life. Not only do trees produce oxygen, they also provide homes for animals, replace soil nitrates, prevent erosion and more. These fruit-bearing trees will tremendously change our lives not only for environmental benefits but also provide us a livelihood we soon can count on,” Drexel Luzon, Community Development Program Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, expressed.
Primavera Residences’ developer, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI), which has been in the forefront of sustainable development and passive green architecture, won numerous local and international awards for its high-performance design. Featuring the best principles of passive cooling technology: shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance, the project has been cited as one of Asia’s top 10 clean energy projects because of its capacity to help residents save as much as 32% on overall energy consumption.
“The experience was totally overwhelming being able to spend my time with my colleagues and live the company’s advocacy. This has not only given me the chance to plant more trees, but it has given me the opportunity to help rebuild our community again,” Gisselle Mantilla, Admin Officer, said.
Marissa Olaer, on the other hand, shared that she has always been in awe with Primavera’s active support in sustaining the natural environment. “The green building, indeed, lives by its advocacy by creating not only sustainable buildings but letting its partners experience how it is to really be eco-friendly. As a broker, I am not just overwhelmed, I have high respect to this company,” she added.
The multi-awarded building is located in a master planned community in uptown Cagayan de Oro, was built in 2009 and has been effectively on the lead in promoting green advocacies in Cagayan de Oro.
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