Scania with TriClark Team adopts Angeles Watershed
14 JUNE 2022
Scania Philippines’ dealer, BJ Mercantile, Inc., and the TriClark Team have committed to adopting Angeles Watershed in Barangay Sapang Bato, Pampanga in its tree-planting activity and maintenance for 2 years. Initially, 100 seedlings of various fruits and non-bearing fruits have been planted at the watershed last July 2020. This year, another 100 seedlings have been planted on April 22, 2022 in celebration of Earth Day.
The program called, “One Scania, One Tree” is inspired by Scania Ibėrica which aims to plant one tree for every vehicle sold. This will help increase awareness of the importance of planting trees, caring for the environment, reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, and significantly helping stop global climate change.
Scania’s purpose is to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system, creating a world of mobility, that is better for business, society, and the environment. This tree-planting activity exemplifies Scania’s commitment to the environment to help fight climate change.
"We are very happy to take part in this tree-planting activity to protect the watershed of Angeles and the neighboring communities," says Leilani Lim Tan, Vice-President of BJ Mercantile, Inc., authorised dealer and sales services of Scania in the Philippines.
"We know that we need to start somewhere and do it now otherwise there will be nothing for the next generation. The little steps that we make or do, will be able to help the suceeding generations."
As Renato “Abong” Tayag, Jr. ARAW-ACI President explains Clark and Angeles City has been identified to suffer water shortage in the future and the only way to reverse this adverse effect is to plant trees along the watershed of Sapang Bato.
Tri-Clark Scania Team President, Joseph Andrew Coronel says "Tri-Clark's advocacy of maintaining an active lifestyle coincides with Scania's sustainability efforts and tree planting is one of the sustainable ways in keeping our mother nature intact."
*Angeles Watershed is approximately five thousand hectares of sloping hills with an average height of 300 feet (east) to 2,000 feet (west) above sea level.
It is occupied by the Aetas and Non – Aeta upland farmers planting crops and fruit trees as their source of livelihood. The vegetation of the area was damaged by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
The recovery of the forest cover has been slow due to the onset of the yearly dry season. The big challenge now is how to bring water to irrigate the trees planted during the dry months. A private group has proposed to BCDA to pump water from the nearby springs on the riverbeds below these hills to irrigate the trees planted on the slopes. Once these slopes have been planted with trees springs from these slopes will be more sustainable year-round, as the forest cover can hold more rainwater.