Adopts 2 hectares for reforestation in Ipo Watershed
29 September 2021, MANILA, Philippines – Private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) pushes on with its sustainability journey by taking part in the fight against climate change and its impact.
LRMC has adopted a two hectare-site (equal to 800 trees) with one year maintenance as part of its support to the Plant for Life, the annual program of its MVP Group sister company Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad). Plant for Life was established in 2007 with the goal of planting 10,000 trees every year during the rainy season in Ipo Watershed, Bulacan. Prone to denudation due to illegal logging, forest fires, and kaingin deforestation, the 7250-hectare watershed is the source of 90% of Maynilad’s raw water. Reforestation is crucial to secure its water supply, as well as ensure the quality and quantity for its service areas in Metro Manila. To date, Maynilad has already planted over 550,000 trees in Ipo Watershed, sequestering over 9,200 tons of carbon dioxide.
The support of LRMC for the adopted site includes hauling of seedlings, site clearing, hole digging, out-planting, firebreak establishment, weeding among others. As part of the company’s 6th anniversary celebration, several LRMC employee volunteers participated in the tree planting activity held last 24 September 2021 at Sitio Balagbag, Norzagaray, Bulacan.
“Sustainability is a business imperative for LRMC. As one of the cleanest and greenest high-volume modes of transport, rail is definitely part of the solution in creating sustainable lifestyles and economies. At LRMC, we are taking it a step further through initiatives such as this that promote environmental stewardship and partnership with local communities, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and Gabay Kalikasan advocacy of the MVP Group,” LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso shared.
Malaruhat, kupang, and batino are among the endemic tree species planted in the adopted site to address the following objectives: reduce sedimentation, protect watershed resources, reduce turbidity of water, ensure sustainable water source, and integrate carbon sequestration. The reforestation effort is anchored on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 (Climate Action) and Goal 15 (Life on Land).
Gabay Kalikasan is one of the six Gabay Advocacies for a Sustainable Philippines launched by the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) and other MVP Group companies. These advocacies encapsulate the group’s efforts to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Filipinos: Livelihood, Youth and Leadership, Environment, Community Work, Health and Sports, and Education.
“While we remain steadfast in ensuring the safety and convenience of our commuters daily, our mission extends to the greater good which includes taking steps towards a cleaner, greener, and more resilient planet. LRMC has been religiously monitoring and reporting our CO2 emissions to reduce carbon footprint and our environmental impact. We have been successful over the years in meeting our targets for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in both Scope 1 (direct emissions) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions – owned),” said Dr. Louernie de Sales, LRMC Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Department.
LRMC has been a long-term advocate of sustainability, having established the Live for the Rivers Movement coalition in 2016 together with various local government units and partners. The coalition seeks to address river pollution along the Estero de Tripa Gallina in Pasay City through extensive cleaning, rehabilitation, production of Vetiver Grass and Mabuhay Balls. LRMC also performs regular clean-up activities in communities near LRT-1 such as the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. As part of its Bikeways Program, LRMC has installed bike racks in all stations and worked with the Pasay LGU for bike lanes in support of active mobility.
LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.