The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) commemorated its 32nd year anniversary last 08 May 2013 via a nationwide tree and mangrove planting activities that were held in various regions of the country.
Now on its second year, the tree-planting initiative is the cornerstone of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of PCIC that was started in 2012 by virtue of Special Order No. 2012-019A signed by President Jovy C. Bernabe.
Recognizing the PCIC’s responsibility to mitigate the impacts of climate change, a Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility was created to mainstream CSR in PCIC’s business strategy and operating plan. The same committee monitors the implementation of CSR programs and projects on a year round basis.
The PCIC’s CSR plan consists of two parts: production aspect and ecological aspect. Under the first, PCIC will conduct seminars and lectures on the physical and climatological conditions of the communities where its clients and stakeholders reside as well as on appropriate and effective pest management practices to enhance crop productivity. Under the second, the PCIC will establish and nurture reforestation projects, such as those that were intitiated in the various regions of the country last May 8.
Led by PCIC President Bernabe, the officers and staff from the Head Office and Regional Offices I, III, IIIA, and IV planted some 500 Camias and 610 Tibig trees seedlings on a one hectare lot in a government-owned land in SBMA Reforestration, Subic Bay, People’s Home. This initiative was in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC).
The area forms part of a government-owned land that has been designated a reforestation area by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the National Greening Program. The DENR provided the seedlings free of charge.
The other regional offices have conducted similar activities in partnership with the DENR and/or the Department of Agriculture and respective local government units as part of the overall CSR initiative of PCIC.