AFI & AEV Take the Lead in RAFI’s School-Community Tree Growing Project

October 1, 2017

The Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), along with Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV), joins the School-Community Tree Growing project of RAFI One to Tree; resulting in major milestones for the communities involved and the environment. The project involved collaborating with DepEd Cebu Province Schools and communities in the northern and southern districts.

The School-Community Tree Growing project aimed to engage both the schools and communities in Cebu Province in the native tree-growing movement. The combined force of AFI and AEV was able to push the project further.

The project was set in motion last October 2017. The four-year project is expected to bring positive effects not only to the environment, but to the local farmers and students as well.

The project site covered Districts 2, 4, 5, and 7 of the DepEd Cebu Province Schools. With a total donation amounting to ₱ 33,010,416.00, the project was able to effectively engage and capacitate many teachers and students.

As of June 2020, 314 school nurseries were constructed, 314 schools collaborated, 347 teachers were trained, and a staggering 45,903 students were engaged. Over half a million seedlings were planted within 628 hectares of land. 

Amidst the logistical challenges, all those involved in the project emerged with optimistic results. To date, the project is proving to be a success with over 92% seedling survival rate. One to Tree aims to continue the milestones with many more similar projects in the future.

One to Tree, a program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., offers community-based and environmentally appropriate tree growing services.