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Ms. Earth beauties, Bacman employees, DENR, and Sorsogon LGUs join forces for environment

Legazpi City (25 February) -- Miss Earth 2008 Karla Paula Henry and her court joined employees of Bacman Geothermal Production Field (BGPF) in tree planting activities inside the geothermal complex in Bacon, Sorsogon, last Sunday, February 22.

Said beauties at the same time participated in the launching of BGPF's wildlife conservation program and visited the company's environmental projects such as the butterfly garden and nursery of endemic trees.

The 25-hectare geothermal reservation, owned and operated by Energy Development Corporation (EDC), is a certified ecotourism destination by the Department of Tourism (DOT) since 2005. It has also received recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its outstanding environmental programs.

"As an energy company, we are working with communities not just to produce clean and renewable energy, but also to proactively safeguard and nurture nature's bounty. We have reforested and we continue to plant more trees because it is part of our commitment to preserve the ecosystem as a good corporate citizen" BGPF Resident Manager Buddy Virata explained.

As of 2008, EDC has already reforested a total of 9,928 hectares in its five geothermal sites in Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Bicol and North Cotabato. "Here in BGPF, we are proud that we have maintained a contiguous forest cover that has become the habitat of the giant fruit bat," Virata said, referring to the golden-crowned flying fox, a giant fruit bat which can only be found in the Philippines.

After the tree planting activities, Virata led the guests to the deer and wild boar breeding farm for the launching of the company's wildlife conservation program. BGPF has been a declared a Wildlife Sanctuary since 2006.

A "No Hunting" policy is currently being implemented in the area as part of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Campaign of the company. It has a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center and several conservation projects under the technical supervision of DENR-Region V.

The guests also visited the company's butterfly garden and mangrove plantation. Established last year, the Bacman butterfly garden not only serves as a tourist attraction but also promotes the protection and preservation of butterflies. (EDC/PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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