10M in 10 partners plant 4M trees in 2 years

VMA Global College and Training Centers, Inc. participated in the grand ceremonial tree planting during the 2nd year anniversary celebration of 10M in 10 M, held in Bacolod City Government Center on December 12, 2017.

Some 15O partners from various stakeholders, government agencies, Local Government Units, academic institutions, business, media, non - government organizations, among others, supports the 10 Million Trees in 10 Years for a Greener Negros Movement (10M in 10) during its 2nd anniversary.

The highlight of the celebration is the recognition of the 10M in 10 partners who planted more than 10,000 trees this year as their contribution towards achieving the movement’s three main goals: to help protect and restore the watershed, to improve the biodiversity, and to build resilient communities in Negros Island.

The partners who received the awards are 79th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), Cartronix Logistic and Transport Corporation/Negros Oriental Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Department of Environment & Natural Resources City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Cadiz City, Energy Development Corporation, Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders (NORAC), City of Tanjay, Friends of Earth, Genesys Foundation, Mangroves Sea Grasses Vital Synergy, Mosser Environment Corporation, Municipality of Hinoba-an, Municipality of Sibulan, New Bian Yek Commercial Inc. Group of Companies, Department of Education Division of Negros Oriental, Department of Education Division of Bacolod City, Department of Education Division of Bago City.

The movement planted a Tindalo tree in the Bacolod City Government center to mark its 2nd year anniversary and emphasize the importance of harnessing power of collaboration among and between the 10M in 10 partners in working toward a Greener Negros Island, and will serve the city’s citizens rest under its shade and be able to know its importance, and take measures to propagate it.

Tindalo or Balayong, the common name for Afzelia romboidea, is noted for its valuable timber. It is one of the most versatile hardwood tree species in the Philippines. It has become one of the tourist attractions that make the Bacolod Public Plaza a must- see among tourists which was carefully taken cared of by the City Government of Bacolod. It was planted on October 19, 1938 by then Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon, the 1st Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Montelibano Sr., then Governor of Negros Occidental, Valeriano Gatuslao, and Congressman Pedro Hernaez of the 2nd District of the Province, during the inauguration of Bacolod as a chartered city.

The 10M in 10 Ceremonial Tindalo tree represents the dream for Negros Island ecosystem that is environmentally stable and productive, and able to sustainably support human development, agriculture and industry.

10M in 10 is a private sector-led movement that aims to unite, inspire, and encourage people to re-green the Negros Island.*