BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – A real-life Farmville in the neighboring city of Bago has signed on as the newest partner of geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation’s BINHI program that aims to rescue and grow more threatened local tree species.
EDC said in a news release that it has held a virtual signing ceremony with Farmville De Bago owned by lawyer Henry Sy-Yap.
It also said Farmville is a 16-hectare farm complex that “offers guests and visitors opportunities to interact with different farm animals and enjoy the beauty of nature.”
The remainder of the release is quoted in full below:
BINHI is EDC’s flagship environmental program that focuses on research and rescue of threatened species of trees in our Philippine forests and aims to bring back abundance of these premium native trees.
Through the BINHI and Farmville de Bago partnership, the farm is now considered the 24th arboretum established under the BINHI program and will serve as a new haven of Philippine native trees.
Farmville de Bago’s owners, Atty Henry Sy-Yap and his family, have in fact been collaborating with EDC since 2017, making significant contributions to the EDC-initiated 10 Million Trees in 10 Years (10M in 10) for a Greener Negros Movement by planting more than 10,000 trees.
As a strong environmental advocate, Atty. Henry is committed to encouraging more people, starting with his own family, to contribute in their own little way to lessen, if not completely stop, actions that contribute to climate change.
During his message in the virtual program, Atty. Henry commented on the effects of climate change that are becoming more and more apparent, saying, “[All the] more reason to have the resolve [for] me and my kids, hanggang sa mga apo ko, to do the right thing. I think we need to do this to save our planet. As I’ve said earlier, who else would [do it], but us.”
“For every arboretum established, we are ensuring the verdant legacy of our Philippine native trees. This partnership with Farmville de Bago is truly something to celebrate, as together we move beyond sustainability and promote regenerative stewardship of the environment and all its resources,” says EDC’s CSR Head of Negros, Norreen G. Bautista.
EDC is the world’s leading geothermal company and has diverse renewable energy. It has been powering Negros Island and its neighboring provinces in the Visayas region with geothermal energy–the only form of renewable energy (RE) that is reliable and provides power 24/7, rain or shine—for almost 40 years now.