During the month of August, SUBICWATER, in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Ecology Center and members of select Indigenous People (IP) communities, worked hand-in-hand to conserve the forests in Olongapo City and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
On August 2, volunteers braved the torrential rains to climb Mt. Sta. Rita to reach the community of Pulo Manok, where a nearby area was populated with one thousand seedlings of different varieties of plants as part of the Ecology Center’s Adopt-A-Forest Program. The seed planting was followed by an outreach program which saw SUBICWATER distributing much-needed household goods to members of the beneficiary village.
Another reforesting activity was conducted on August 27, when SUBICWATER and members of the Pastolan IP planted 200 bamboo saplings near their community. This was also followed by another outreach program, with SUBICWATER distributing more household items for the villagers.
As the sole water utility company of Olongapo City and the Freeport, SUBICWATER also aims to promote the significant role of our forests in water supply security.