BU to foster native, endangered seedlings – BINHI Arboretum project

Monday November 9,2020

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During the pre-implementation meeting of the BINHI Arboretum project between Bicol University (BU) and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) conducted at the College of Science Building 1 Function Hall, EDC has allotted native tree seedlings for BU which were identified as threatened or endangered species last November 6, 2020.

Prior the event, project coordinators paid courtesy call to BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas at the Office of the President. The meeting was attended by BUCS faculty coordinators, Mathematics Department faculty members, Physical Development and Maintenance Office (PDMO) staff, and some non- teaching personnel.

It can be recalled that BU inked an agreement with EDC during BU’s week-long 51st Founding Anniversary last September 24, 2020 to establish the BINHI Arboretum inside the main campus.

BINHI is EDC’s comprehensive forest restoration program which aims to reforest degraded lands, rescue vanishing native trees, develop ecotourism areas, and provide livelihood to local communities. BINHI also protects and sustains the geothermal recharge as the company continues to deliver clean and renewable geothermal energy nationwide.

With a shared goal to promote environment protection and biodiversity conservation, BUCS Dean Prof. Jocelyn E. Serrano emphasized in her opening message the importance of having this partnership with EDC. She mentioned that the establishment of this arboretum will not only beautify the landscape of the university, moreover, it can be used by BUeños (BS Biology and BS Chemistry students) in their research works (i.e. specimen collection) and by faculty members for their instruction, research, and extension mandate.

Afterwards, EDC forester Neil Antoni Miras delivered the statement of purpose of the partnership. He stated that EDC has already allotted native tree species seedling for BU which are identified as threatened or endangered. He added that through the BINHI Tree for the Future project, EDC has been able to rescue 88 of the 96 priority endangered species.

The participants proceeded with the site visit inside the main campus where the arboretum can be established. Since the university is undergoing various infrastructure development, identification of the sites is crucial.

The program concluded with the closing message delivered by BUCS Associate Dean Prof. Lany L. Maceda where she expressed her gratitude to EDC for the partnership as well as to the participants for the active support and participation for the project.

In the conduct of this activity, proper and strict health protocols were observed and followed. (Erwin N. Bañares)

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