There are only a few things, if none, better than living in the midst of nature. And if one is blessed with this luxury, they are also charged with the responsibility of protecting and preserving it.
In 1994, Willy Ocier envisioned to plant one million trees in Tagaytay Highlands by 2044, 50 years after the inauguration of the club.
Premier mountain resort destination Tagaytay Highlands continues to promote a lifestyle that is close to nature, evident in the abundance of flora and fauna surrounding its various residential communities.
To highlight this nature-inspired lifestyle and reinforce its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, Tagaytay Highlands recently held its annual “One Tree at a Time” tree-planting activity.
Before the end of 2018, executives and employees of Tagaytay Highlands, Belle Corporation, and Highlands Prime, Inc. planted over 500 forest and fruit-bearing saplings donated by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. across the different residential properties in the mountain resort complex.
Sustainable materials such as bamboo shovels were also used during the tree planting to align with the event’s advocacy.
At the opening ceremony held in Bistro Saratoga, Belle Corporation president Manuel A. Gana stressed that the annual event is meant to “inculcate in the minds of employees the spirit of volunteerism and that it is everyone’s commitment” to preserve and take care of nature.
“The tree-planting event is not just a corporate policy but a commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Gana. “We will not just plant trees; we will also ensure their survival.”
Aside from planting trees, Tagaytay Highlands Club general manager Claire T. Kramer likewise noted that the club contributes to environmental sustainability by controlling the use of diesel and electricity, and lowering the consumption of water and energy. This protocol effectively reduces their carbon footprint.
The participants were then treated to a lively boodle fight. Volunteers were requested to bring their own water bottles, in support of initiatives on sustainability to lessen the use of plastics and paper. Likewise, this promoted employee engagement and fellowship among the different stakeholders.
“The greatest thing we can pass on to the next generation is a clean and green country. Thus, the Tagaytay Highlands will constantly be committed to preserving the finest in nature, one tree at a time,” added Gana.