ONE of the prime commitments of the Gotianun-led FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDCUI) is the establishment of a man-made forest in Misamis Oriental which will soon be realized, as FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDCUI, recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) in Region 10 and Barangay Sambulawan for the firm’s Carbon Sink Program.
The first phase will be sprouting within a 20-hectare land area in Barangay Sambulawan, El Salvador City.
The primary purpose of the project is to help sequester carbon emission to maintain the air quality in the province.
“This is more than just for compliance purposes,” stressed FDCUI President and Chief Executive Officer Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, referring to one of the conditions stipulated in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) granted by DENR-EMB to FDC Misamis for operating a 3 x 135-MW circulating fluidized bed thermal coal power plant in Villanueva town.
“Rather, the project, along with other social development programs the company is implementing, is FDC’s simple way of giving back to Mindanao.”
DENR-EMB Region 10 Director Sabdullah Abubacar tagged the program as a crucial one at the height of President Duterte’s administration.
President Duterte, underscored Abubacar, really wanted to industrialize the country but, at the same time, address global warming.
“FDC Misamis’ carbon sink program, therefore, is a manifestation of the firm’s real commitment to provide the power Mindanao much needed, but with intent to reduce carbon footprints in the country by 70 percent.”
Dubbed as the “Environmental Guru” of Mindanao, Abubacar said that, in the entire country, it is in his “turf” that carbon sink programs prosper.
For Sambulawan’s Punong Barangay Paul Valmoria, the project would be a big help as it does not only ensure the community’s healthy environment, but likewise can bring economic developments beneficial to his constituents.
This, as FDC Misamis also envisions to make the area not just a carbon sink forest per se but as potential watershed or natural park that can be a source of clean potable water.
The management of FDC Misamis considers the MOA signing as a milestone as it signifies the firm’s sincerity and commitment to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and a reiteration of its purpose to spur development in Mindanao.
Valmoria added he is indeed grateful to FDC Misamis for choosing their barangay as the host community to this noteworthy endeavor.
“We will try our best. We will help you. We will be visible in the community,” assured Roxas.
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