Earth Warriors: M Lhuillier Joins the Fight to Save the EnvironmentJuly 5, 2022
Through the years, M Lhuillier has continued to heed that call by coming up with ways to raise environmental awareness and to help save Mother Nature. But the country’s leading non-bank financial institution wouldn’t be able to do these noble projects without the help of its dynamic OPEC teams across its more than 3,000 locations nationwide.
Sowing Seeds in Nueva Vizcaya
Last July 30, 2021, OPEC Mannalon organized a tree planting activity in Barangay Aliaga, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. The team led by Regional Manager Jupiter Duritan and Area Managers was welcomed by Barangay Captain Noemi Manuel, barangay officials, and their constituents.
Together, they braved the hot and humid two-kilometer walk to the mountains of Brgy. Aliaga to plant seeds of Narra, Mahogany, and other fruit-bearing trees. Despite the rocky journey, the whole team was all smiles and was filled with excitement as they planted around the 3-hectare land as part of their contribution to the environment. Aside from the tree planting activity, OPEC Aliaga also donated two grass cutters to the local government unit to help with the maintenance of their area. They also put up directional signages for the barangay.
Cleaning Up the Coasts of Bohol
Bohol is known for its world-famous white beaches and crystal clear waters. Its pristine beaches continue to attract a lot of tourists from all over the globe, resulting in a thriving tourism industry. However, with the influx of both domestic and foreign tourists comes the emerging problem of plastic polluting Bohol’s waters and coastline.
Fully aware of this dilemma, the OPEC Sandugo team in Bohol came to the rescue and held a coastal cleanup along the shores of Sandingan Island in the municipality of Loon. The cleanup drive, which took place on October 16, 2021, also coincided with the Annual International Coastal Cleanup.
Planting Mangroves on Olango Island
Mangrove trees may not look much, but these coastal plants are integral to the marine ecosystem and can also be lifesavers during natural disasters. It’s because of these reasons that OPEC Norte believes that we should prioritize propagating mangrove shrubs along the coastlines of the Philippines.
So on October 28, 2021, the OPEC Norte team led by Regional Manager Eric D. Garces Sr., Area Managers, and OPEC officers headed to Sta. Rosa, Olango Island, Cebu to plant 1,000 mangrove propagules. The activity was made possible with the help of the Olango Island Eco-Tour Association Inc. and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 represented by Era Patigdas and Genaro Soo, respectively.
In his short talk during the event, Soo emphasized the importance of mangrove trees as these plants help stabilize the coastline ecosystem and help prevent erosion. It can also protect humans by absorbing the impact of storm surges. Mangrove trees also serve as ideal breeding grounds for fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish.
Road to One Million Trees in Tuguegarao
From the coastlines of Cebu, we now head to the North for yet another environmental project of M Lhuillier’s resident earth stewards.
Last December 3, 2021, the team of OPEC Green Valley held a tree planting activity in Brgy. Linao West, Tuguegarao City. The group journeyed to the Cagayan River to plant 150 bamboo seedlings along its river banks.
The event was initiated by OPEC president Ruben Gapuz Jr. in support of the city’s One Million Trees Movement.
For M Lhuillier Financial Services Inc., helping the community goes beyond providing reliable financial services to the Filipino people. True to its moniker of being the Tulay ng PaMLyang Pilipino, the company is also committed to bridging the gap between the Filipino community and a healthy environment.
M Lhuillier is the Philippines’ largest and most respected non-bank financial institution. It continues to uphold its promise of being the Bridge and Tulay ng PaMLyang Pilipino with more than 3,000 locations nationwide. It continuously seeks better and innovative ways to serve its community by providing fast, easy, and reliable financial services such as Kwarta Padala, Quick Cash Loan, Bills Payment, Insurance Plan, Money Exchange, Jewelry, ML Wallet, ML Express, ML Moves, and Telco and online TV Loading.
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