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BGPF-EDC heightens environment conservation program

Sorsogon City (26 February) -- The Bacman Geothermal Production Field (BGPF) has launched over the weekend its wildlife conservation program and spearheaded a tree planting activity in the geothermal complex manifesting the company's commitment to preserve the ecosystem as a good corporate citizen.

Miss Earth 2008, Karla Paula Henry, along with other beauties, graced the launching activities and took time planting trees at the geothermal complex in Bacon district here.

BGPF Resident Manager Buddy Virata said "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 all over the geothermal sites," he added.

As of 2008, Energy Development Corporation 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 found only in the Philippines.

After planting trees, 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 declared a Wildlife Sanctuary since 2006. A "No Hunting" policy is 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.

It has also received recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its outstanding environmental programs.

The guests, also including Provincial Environment and Natural Resources-LGU Sorsogon officer Engr. Maribeeth Fruto and PIA Sorsogon ICM Irma Guhit, visited as well 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.

The 25-hectare geothermal reservation, owned and operated by EDC, is a certified ecotourism destination by the Department of Tourism (DOT) since 2005. (BGPF-EDC/PIA) [top]

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