Mr. James Velasquez, President & Country General Manager for IBM Philippines
As part of the Centennial celebration of Big Blue in 2011, (that’s IBM for the uninitiated) they’ve rallied their troops and brought them out to the last remaining forest in Metro Manila – the La Mesa Watershed – to participate in Bantay Kalikasan’s “Save The La Mesa Watershed Program.” The aim of the program is to rehabilitate and protect the Watershed by means of reforestation, protection, and maintenance. With this in mind, they’ve brought out their employees, retirees, and business partners to participate in a couple of eco-activities.
Thousands of IBMers were there to join the activities – which included adopting 800 trees to help reforest the area; and holding an “Eco Amazing Race” to promote understanding and activism in protecting our environment. A program was also held detailing the efforts of cleaning up our rivers through charity events like the recent Run For Pasig River – which showed some amazing results. IBM employees in Cebu have also done their part in cooperation with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Visayas Regional Office in a recent Mangrove Reforestation Project in Olango Island, Cebu.
IBMers cheering to stop mining in Palawan
As the La Mesa Watershed is one of the only sources of water for millions of people in Metro Manila, these efforts are definitely not taken for granted. IBM inspires us all to, hopefully, do our part.
For more pictures of the event, check out our gallery below.
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