𝐍𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫, 𝐂𝐂𝐂 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐌𝐎𝐀 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐚-𝐋𝐮𝐦𝐨𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) for the rehabilitation of some 25 hectares of denuded upland forest within the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed Forest Reserve in Laguna.
Napocor President and CEO Fernando Martin Y. Roxas said that the partnership will not only include the establishment of new plantations but also the nourishing of reforested areas for eight  years.
“This partnership will help us hasten the rehabilitation of the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed, a critical water resource for Caliraya and Kalayaan hydroelectric power plants. Restoring these open areas will also enhance water conservation, erosion control, and biodiversity conservation in the area,” said Roxas.
Napocor said that the MOA will utilize a comprehensive and integrated approach in implementing the reforestation activities including site assessment and planning, reforestation and tree planting, and capacity-building of people’s organizations and raising awareness in the communities.
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje expressed his gratitude to Napocor for allowing them to take part in the former’s watershed rehabilitation efforts that would eventually help them offset their carbon footprint, and change and transform the lives, livelihood, and future of the people who will be impacted by the project.
The partnership is also part of Napocor’s Energy Sector Carbon Sequestration Initiative (ESCSI), a program it launched with the Department of Energy in October 2021. The program aims to enjoin the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change through reforestation. Participating power companies include Angat Hydro Corporation, San Roque Power Corporation, Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc., and SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc.
On top of its missionary electrification role, Napocor is also mandated to manage eleven (11) watershed areas with a total land area of 485, 199 hectares. These watershed reservations support hydro and geothermal power plants in the country.