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PIA Press Release
2010/05/01

SN Aboitiz power celebrates Earth Day

Tuguegarao City (1 May) -- Teams from SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet and Magat conducted a half-day clean-up drive in the Binga and Magat dam reservoirs, respectively in celebration of the 40th Earth Day last April 22.

In a press release emailed to the PIA, it said that at least ninety one (91) participants from SNAP-Benguet, including volunteers from the community and the National Power Corporation Watershed Management Department, collected 58 sacks of trash mostly consisting of drift wood as well as bottle caps, tin cans, and plastic containers.

The 59 participants from SNAP-Magat which were composed of volunteer contractors, family members and municipal employees have collected 80 sacks of garbage consisting of plastic materials, wood, bottles and other non-biodegradable items from the dam reservoir and its vicinities.

In a ceremony held in Manila, SNAP Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel V. Rubio said that as a hydropower company that harnesses a renewable resource, SNAP values environmental protection as one of the pillars of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

Rubio also encouraged the practice of eco-friendly habits such as reducing the use of plastic bags."Environmental protection is not just the responsibility of government or private companies but also of individuals," he stressed.

To signify this, about 40 Manila-based employees wrote down their Earth Day commitments inside individually drawn hand outlines - with pledges ranging from the use of canvass bags for grocery shopping to household waste segregation.

The activities held by SNAP are part of a business-wide Earth Day campaign by the Aboitiz Sustainability Team, highlighting that some environmental actions need not be complicated or expensive.

SNAP-Benguet owns the 175 megawatt (MW) Ambuklao-Binga plants in Benguet while SNAP-Magat owns the 360 MW Magat power plant in Isabela. (PIA 2) [top]

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