February 29, 2020
Despite hectic schedule of Oceanwide Maritime Services Corp. ‘s administration and staff, the higher management had ensured that its responsibility towards the community and its environment is implemented. By the time Mr. Kyle Aznar invited Mr. Anthony Sevilla II, Oceanwide’s President, to be one of the event’s partners, the latter gave the green light without hesitation.
Oceanwide was represented by selected employees who arrived at JY Square, Lahug Cebu City on time. At 5:30 am, the volunteers left on their respective buses along with their group managers. As one of the volunteers, here’s what we experienced:
As we got closer to Brgy. Tabunan, I looked around and had to say a silent prayer 🙏🏻 while my colleague was expressing her fears and the rest were sleeping through the winding road and cliff. I was extremely overwhelmed with fear, but sometimes we are left with no option but oblige ourselves to conquer anything that comes along the way.
Upon arrival, our fears were instantly transformed into excitement. There were hundreds of volunteers from different organizations and individuals from all walks of life. Program proper started immediately. One of the highlights were the presence of the speakers, namely; Ms. Rina Mabalhin, who discussed about composting and demonstrated on making your own compost at home;
Ms. Praxedes Embalzado, whose topic was on “Raising Plants at Home” (Urban Gardeining) ;
Mr. Val Salares, who spoke about Cebu Terrestrial EcoSystem and gave more information on the endemic plants, especially trees in Cebu and;
a CCENRO representative, who gave his clear instructions on how to plant the seedlings properly. JCI Cebu made it clear that human safety was their first priority. “A Volunteer is not forced to continue if he/she could not physically reach the goal.”
Volunteers had to cross a narrow river before reaching the tree planting location. Here’s Oceanwide team did that made the event more fun, exciting, adventurous and succesful:
1. Fill each trade bag with 10-15 seedlings (we wanted it 15 but the bag was not thick enough to carry them) ;
2. Walk through a tiny bridge and a narrow river;
3. Climb through the mud;
4. Press the soil of the Seedling;
5. Turn it over and remove the plastic;
6. Put the seedling & soil in the hole and firmly press the soil above the roots;
7. Pull the sticks and collect them as the number of seedlings will be based on them;
8. Leave no plastic behind.
9. Program ended with a snacks and left the area at noon.
Give it up to all of us at Oceanwide Maritime Services Corporation!!!
As part of our initiatives on Corporate Social Responsibility, we have reached another milestone: SUCCESFUL PLANTING OF 144 GUYABANO SEEDLINGS in Brgy. Tabunan, Cebu City.
On behalf of Oceanwide’s Management and Staff, thank you to Mr. Kyle Aznar and JCI Cebu CommuniTREES for the opportuniTREE.