17 October 2014, Makati City, Philippines. – Barangay San Antonio in San Pedro, Laguna was the recent beneficiary of the greening project organized by Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Security Bank Corporation.
A tree-planting activity was held on August 9 where 800 seedlings of mahogany, camachile and sampaloc trees were planted. The constituents of Barangay San Antonio, led by Barangay Captain Jun Ynion, worked closely with the employee volunteers of five Security Bank Laguna branches and area office, as well as volunteers from the Makati head office. The greening project was done in collaboration with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the barangay council of San Antonio, SBFI and the bank’s Human Resource Development Division.
In his welcome message to the volunteers, Barangay Captain Jun Ynion cited how their community advocates caring for the environment. The barangay captain himself has made it his personal advocacy to leave a well-cared for environment for the children in his community, including his own children.
The employee volunteers were also joined by Barangay San Antonio’s Committee on Environment, SBFI Chairman Rafael F. Simpao, Jr. and Security Bank Laguna Area Head Eric Buensuceso. The event became more memorable as it coincided with the barangay’s Arbour Day Celebration, wherein different sectors were invited to plant trees in the community.
Over 3,000 seedlings have been planted in different communities in the country since SBFI’s greening project was launched in 2013. Earlier this year, Barangay Quisao in Pililla, Rizal benefitted from the project as 1,200 seedlings were planted in the area by the Bank’s employee volunteers. Through this greening project, Security Bank and SBFI hope to contribute to the national government’s environmental protection and conservation initiatives.