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APRI employees and stakeholders celebrate the World Water Day in Albay & Laguna

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UPHOLDING its commitment to protecting the environment, employees and stakeholders of AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, gathered together for a river clean-up drive at  Visitang Naga River in Tiwi, Albay and Tigsa River in Calauan, Laguna last March 8 and 23, respectively, in the celebration of World Water Day.

A group of 89 volunteers from APRI together with representatives from the local governments of Tiwi and Limao came together to collect 216.5 kilograms of solid waste from the rivers. These volunteers recognize the significance of such efforts in safeguarding our environment, especially during the ongoing environmental crisis.

The clean-up drive is in support of APRI’s partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) that was sealed through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the project Adopt-An-Estero-Program in 2012. It aims to enhance water quality and achieve a healthier environment through regular clean-up activities such as dredging and collection of floating debris. APRI Tiwi and MakBan are expected to conduct another river clean-up run by the year’s second quarter.

Barangay Limao Captain Hon. Romeo Alvarez said, “Ang paglilinis sa ilog ay malaking tulong po sa pag-aalaga sa ating kapaligiran pero wala po tayong lilinisin na ilog kung gagawin lang po natin ang tamang pagtatapon ng basura.”

“Our commitment to sustainability begins with the environment, and engaging in cleanup drives is just one facet of our continuous efforts to give back and uphold the health of our surroundings,” Desiderio Bongay Jr., Production Planning and Support Supervisor. 

Inspired by an American Indian Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children”, Engr. Mavic Arago, APRI Senior Assistant Vice President (SAVP) for Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) shared, “As stewards of our planet, we must take action and preserve our rivers. Through collaborative efforts like this cleanup, we are not just protecting ecosystems, but also ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.”|

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