The Carbon Sink Program was one of Shell’s projects to neutralize their greenhouse gas emissions. More than a reforestation program, it was launched to promote growth and to nurture the plants in an 87-hectare land area in Mt. Banahaw.
Home to around 89,000 indigenous forest tree saplings and to native species like Narra, Tui, Makaasim and Tibuli. The vegetation were regularly taken care of and maintained by Kinabuhayan Eco Warriors, a locally organized group who takes care of the trees planted.
The project was inaugurated last November 2016 and is a partnership between Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), National Power Corporation – Makiling-Banahaw Watershed Area Management Team (NPC-MBWAT), with the support and approval of the LGU of Dolores, Quezon.
Last Feb. 4, 2021, the land was formally turned over to NPC-MBWAT and the LGU of Dolores Quezon. PSFI’s Program Officer Olivia Sorio thanked everyone involved in the project for their support: “Mula po sa pamunuan ng PSFI and PSPC, lubos ang aming pasasalamat sa NPC-MBWAT, LGU ng Dolores Quezon, Kinabuhayan Eco-Warriors, Barangays Kinabuhayan, Sta Lucia, at Pinagdanlayan sa lubos na pag-suporta sa ikatatagumpay ng proyektong ito.“
A project of this scale could not have been easy, but the dedication from all parties involved made sure that this environmental action pushed through.
“Hindi naging madali na maisakatuparan ang lahat. Ngunit dahil lubos ang inyong pagtanggap sa amin, tagumpay namin inihahabilin ang lugar na ito sa inyo para ipagpatuloy ang pangangalaga sa mga punong naitanim.” Sorio adds.
NPC-MBWAT Section Chief Mendel Garcia gladly accepted the turnover of the project. “Ang project na ito ay hindi lang nagtanim kundi inalagaan ng tatlong taon – nagpunla, inalagaan, pinalaki. At dahil ito ay inalaagan ninyo, kumbaga tulad ng isang bata, ang apelyido nito ay hindi Calayag, hindi Mendel, hindi Javier, kundi Shell. Yan ang apelyido ng proyektong Carbon Sink.”
The success and turnover of the Carbon Sink Program is proof that good things thrive through collaboration and action. As we move forward to a hopefully greener future, it’s best to keep in mind that caring for the environment is everybody’s responsibility and should be practiced on daily basis.