UCPB-CIIF Foundation to continue rehabilitation of 33.3 hectares within the Marikina Watershed

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UCPB-CIIF Foundation to continue rehabilitation of 33.3 hectares within the Marikina Watershed

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan (left) signs with United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)-Coconut Industry Investment Fund (CIIF) Foundation, Inc. President Edgardo C. Amistad (right) the Memorandum of Agreement renewing for another ten (10) years the engagement of the UCPB-CIIF Foundation or “CocoFoundation” to help the DENR to develop, conserve and rehabilitate 33.3 hectares of forestland in Sitios Putol na Lata and Kaysakat in Brgy San Jose, Antipolo City within the Marikina Watershed which the CocoFoundation started rehabilitation in 1994. The CocoFoundation will also continue assistance to the maintenance of the DENR nursery in Sitio Pulang Panyo where their planting materials were sourced. Juan said reports from the DENR-Antipolo City field office observed remarkable improvements of the vegetation in the 33.3 hectares area and another 2009 report from Haribon, a nature conservation organization, identified 108 floral species of trees, shrubs and palms and herbs--of which the bulk of 67% are considered native or indigenous to the Philippines; animal wildlife--birds, mammals, bats and frogs have begun to abound with the planting of indigenous species of trees.   The DENR Calabarzon chief expects more improvements in the area with the renewed efforts of the CocoFoundation, as part of their corporate social responsibility and with support from the conglomeration of corporate and civil society groups—Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. Also in photo are, from left: Liesl Lim of PDRF; Neurita Lim, Executive Director, UCPB-CIIF Foundation, Inc; and Forester Ferdinand Hermano, Regional Technical Director for Forestry and Forester Ronita Unlayao, Chief of the Planning and Management Division, both of the DENR Region 4A CALABARZON.