NMM & Associates Customs Brokers has partnered with the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) through their Corporate Partnership and Environmental Restoration Program for a Boundary Tree Planting and Nurturing Project organized by UBE Media on October 22, 2022, at the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve at Brgy. Puting Lupa, Calamba, Laguna. This is in compliance with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Administrative Order No. 14-2020 which states that contract holders are required to plant 1,000 seedlings of trees or mangroves.

The Boundary Tree Planting and Nurturing Project aims to protect the area from encroachment, expansion, and other damages that may arise along the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) boundary. Specifically, it aims to plant vegetative markers with unique colors for easy recognition and reference along the MMFR boundary and to strengthen the partnership between communities for more effective monitoring and protection of the reserve. The species of trees being used as markers are the Palawan Cherry, Banaba, and Alibangbang.

Attendees arrived at the venue as early as 6:00AM with the event formally starting at 8:00AM. Present for the event were UBE Media President Ms. Donna Lina, NMM President Atty. Randy Nague with his wife, Farrah Nague, MCME Deputy Director Dr. Rogello Andrada II, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Mr. Melvin Lalican, Puting Lupa Brgy. Captain Mr. Allan Pedraja, and OneLGC Chairman Mr. Alberto Lina and his wife Mrs. Sylvia Lina. In total, there were 192 people present for the event.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Lina thanked everyone for participating in this event as it will surely help the future generations of the communities around Mount Makiling and beyond. Mr. Lalican emphasized the importance of this project and said “bigyan natin ng puso ang ating pagtatanim dahil ito ay may buhay.” Atty. Nague echoed everyone’s sentiments and left everyone with saying that “a man doesn’t plant a tree for himself but for posterity.”

After a brief orientation from Dr. Andrada, the guests were ready to begin the tree planting proper. The guests formed groups of 15 and were assisted by MCME volunteers as they spread out among the five different stations along the boundary. NMM has committed to planting 2,000 saplings over the course of the year.

The guests were then treated to a simple brunch after completing their tree planting trek before concluding for the day.

Nague Malic Magnawa & Associates Customs Brokers (NMM) is a general professional partnership of customs brokers duly registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission and The Bureau ofCustoms. It is engaged in delivering professional services in customs, tariff, international trade,logistics, and consultancy services.