tree-planting activity

General Electric (GE) through its GE Volunteers recently partnered with Meralco to conduct a tree-planting activity at the Malabanban Watershed in San Pablo City.
Spearheaded by GE Meters, the collaborative effort was a manifestation of both companies’ desire to give back to Mother Earth through a project that will aide in the continuing effort in ‘greening’ and preserving our environment.
Over 200 volunteer employees both from Meralco and GE Meters planted hundreds of trees after an exhilarating morning mountain trek. Pleased and proud of the outcome of the activity, Waldo Darvin, General Manager GEPMICI said.
“While GE and MERALCO have been joint-venture partners in the GEPMICI watt-hour meter facility for over 25 years now, the Malabanban Tree Planting Activity held last 05 June 2010 was the first-ever socio-environmental project by the two companies. I laud the MERALCO and GEPMICI teams who have gone out of their way to initiate this very important program for the environment, and thank all of those who participated in this worthwhile effort to help bring back Mother Earth to how it should be.’’

Ferdinand Geluz, Meralco South Area ESH Chairman, said: “As the sole electric service company in our franchise area, we used to define our franchise as our “community” or the business environment and society we serve. But now more than ever, the concept of “community” has expanded because of the climate change phenomenon and the awareness that a company’s existence is affected not only by the community in which it is based but also by the global environment. The tree-plating activity showed our company’s commitment to the community as one of our stakeholders to which we hold ourselves accountable.’’
Reynaldo Sacdalan, Meralco Safety and Evironment Management head, said that the “trees planted at San Pablo City Malabanan watershed by Meralco and GE Meters were the best moments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak praises without flattery and are blessings to children and yet unborn.”