Stolt Nielsen Philippines Helps Protect La Mesa Watershed
The La Mesa Watershed is the major source of raw water for 12 million residents in Metro Manila. Enrichment planting is continuously done to ensure the preservation of the forest.
Among the volunteers of tree – planting were the 46 employees of Stolt Nielsen Philippines, Inc. who recently visited the forest.
According to Lorben Chan, the general manager/ controller of Stolt Tankers BV & Stolt Nielsen Philippines, Inc. (Stolt Nielsen Limited), they opted to do this kind of activity do their share in the preservation of the forest and the sustainability of the reservoir.
Stolt Nielsen Philippines, Inc.’s employees plant seedlings of Amugis and Bignay-Kalabaw along La Mesa Watershed’s forest.
“This is actually one of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives as a company. Since we are a shipping business, we are into water, we wanted to do an environmental CSR activity. It is also our way to help with the water reservoir and hopefully we can continue doing this every year,” he shared.
Likewise, Save the La Mesa Watershed Project’s Operations Head, Dave Azurin, is grateful for Stolt Nielsen’s participation.
“We are thankful for their help because with the tree planting activity, they help preserve the reservoir. We don’t want La Mesa Watershed, the last reservoir of raw water of Metro Manila, to be decommissioned,” Azurin pointed out.
Azurin refers to other dams which were shutdown and ran out of raw water because houses were built near it.
He also expressed his hope that people will to continue supporting not just the La Mesa Watershed but also the different watersheds such as the Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
Aside from planting 400 indigenous species of Amugis and Bignay-Kalabaw trees, the employees also learned about vermi-composting which is the cheapest way to create organic fertilizer using organic wastes.
“I think it was a great experience for me personally and also for the staff of the company. It’s the first time we did this and we partnered with Bantay Kalikasan. Everything was well organized. We were taken care properly by the staff here in La Mesa,” Chan added.
Stolt Nielsen Philippines also donated a bush cutter and pressure washer to be used in La Mesa Watershed.
Stolt Nielsen Philippines is one of the many offices under Stolt Nielsen Limited, a multi-national company based in Rotterdam. It is a logistics company that has 200 ships sailing around the globe and also has 3,000 seafarers employed.
In 1999, Save the La Mesa Watershed Project was started by Bantay Kalikasan of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. and its partners from Manila Water Company, Maynilad Water Services, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and the Quezon City Government.