Honda Foundation Inc. (HFI) continues to do its part in the restoration of the Philippines' rainforest.
Under the Honda Group of Companies; which is composed of Honda Cars Philippines Inc, Honda Philippines Inc, Honda Parts Manufacturing Corp., and Honda Trading Philippines; the automaker recently conducted a tree-planting activity which saw 5,000 tree saplings planted in Real, Quezon.
Done in partnership with Haribon's Forest for Life Movement, Honda aims to rehabilitate damaged rainforests by planting various native tree species like Narra, Apitong, and Lauan. In line with Honda's 2030 vision of providing a sustainable society for the next-generation, the project offers options for sustainable livelihood, to nearby communities, while recovering biodiversity, clean air and water, and resilience to climate change and natural hazards.
“For 10 years now, we have been doing tree planting with Haribon and our commitment to leave blue skies for our children goes stronger,” said Hirotake Shimosaka, HFI adviser. Since 2010, over 50,000 trees have already been planted across 36 hectares of damaged forests in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, and Rizal.
According to a biophysical survey by Haribon in order to check the health of the reforested area, about 28 species of birds were found in the various restored habitats. With 18 of these species endemic to the Philippines, the presence of these birds highlight the progress of reforestation as efforts continue to make a better ecosystem for both locals and wildlife.
HFI plans to continue restoring damaged rainforests in the years to come.