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Lear Philippines Supports Environment Protection Through Reforestation

In partnership with the government and non-government organizations, Lear Cebu in the Philippines continues to initiate environmental activities displaying its dedication and commitment to environmental protection.

Lear Cebu manufacturing plants partnered with the Lapu-Lapu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to plant 2,500 mangrove propagules, or seedpods, in Brgy. Kalawisan, for the third consecutive year.

About 40 employees from the Lapu-Lapu and Gabriela plants and the Central Office volunteered to participate in this activity which advocates environmental protection and conservation by planting species of mangroves suitable to sustain the area's biodiversity. Aside from the environmental impact of our activity, the volunteers also supported the livelihood of some local people who harvest the propagules from mature mangrove plants.

After planting, the volunteers cleaned the area by picking up plastic waste and debris brought in by the tides. Five black plastic bags of trash were collected that contained assorted plastics, bottles and other non-biodegradable materials and handed over to the local government unit for proper disposal.

Earlier this year, Lear Cebu Operations partnered with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to replant trees in the open forest patches of the Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve in Brgy. Buhisan, Cebu. The Cebu team planted 2,500 seedlings of native and fruit-bearing trees in the Central Cebu Protected Landscape, which provides the province's water source.

PBSP, in collaboration with the local foresters, will look after these seedlings and monitor the growth and survival rate in the next two years. The seedlings that were planted were bought from local foresters, thus providing them income as a positive incentive to prevent destructive activities such as logging and charcoal production.

Members of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team spearheaded the activity which brought together 70 people from the Gabriela and Lapu-Lapu plants, Central Office, PBSP and forest caretakers.

Posted on 11/27/2018

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