The Village Connect | Revealing some of the beauty and biodiversity of Philippine flora and fauna was recently conducted by global imaging and electronics leader RICOH during its environmental initiative in Masungi Georeserve at Baras, Rizal.
Through the “RICOH Global Eco Action 2017”, chere we hold corporate social responsibility programs with particular focus on the environment,” said Aida Ortega, Performance Excellence and Sustainability Officer at RICOH Philippines.
“Sustainability is at the heart of the way we work. We want to give back to nature because the resources that we used for our machines come from nature,” Ortega emphasized.
Preserved and managed by Masungi Georeserve Foundation, the conservation park and rustic rock garden reminiscent of the formations in Palawan serves as a sanctuary rich in heritage and biodiversity that is just a few hours from Metro Manila.
Masungi takes three to four hours to explore and is perfect for nature lovers, adventure seekers, beginner, and regular hikers with its rope courses, hanging bridges, and scenic destinations.
During their tour, RICOH’s customers and staff visited Masungi’s most photographed attractions including Sapot which is a web-style viewing platform that offers a spectacular view of Laguna de Bay, Yungib ni Ruben which is an example of a cave formation that is part of a karst landscape, Tatay – the first and taller of two peaks and is a natural sculpture composed of several rocks seemingly piled on top of one another, Nanay – the second peak that features five limestone rock peaks interconnected by bridges, and the Ditse, Patak, at Duyan which contains an already existing cactus garden and an air house, among others.
After an exciting and exhausting hike, the participants were treated to a well-deserved lunch at Silayan where they enjoyed hearty dishes such as sinigang na isda sa prutas ng katmon, chicken inato sa dahon ng batuan, with red organic rice, among other dishes, that are prepared using local and indigenous ingredients.
Eric Sulit, President and CEO of RICOH Philippines, then led the ceremonial turnover of two RICOH multi-function printers (MFPs) to Masungi Georeserve Foundation led by Project Manager Victor Y. Rodriguez and Operations Manager Nicholas Gabriel Matillano.
“We’d like to thank Masungi Georeserve for hosting us today. Activities such as these are important for the company as it is one of the ways we uphold environmental appreciation and conservation, while encouraging our customers to do the same. We’re happy to see the efforts of your foundation in restoring this forest since 1996 into what it is now – a lush and rich haven of flora and fauna that is so close to Metro Manila,” noted Sulit.
For their part, Masungi Georeserve Foundation was equally thankful to RICOH for the MFPs, as the nearest printing facility is located far from the project. The black and white MFP will be placed on site at Masungi Georeserve, while the coloured MFP will be used at the foundation’s head office in Quezon City.
Customers who participated in the activity treasured the experience and now see RICOH not just as partners at work, but also fellow advocates for the environment.
“It’s our first time to experience Masungi and we really enjoyed it. At work, I observed that RICOH also diligently collects empty toners and cartridges. They don’t just dispose them. It’s good to know that we share the same values as our supplier when it comes to taking care of the environment,” said Laura K. Mallo, owner of Multimed Inc.
“I hope RICOH will continue these types of activities. It shows their effort to strengthen collaboration with clients for the cause of the environmental as well,” observed Gladys Mores, Team Leader for Procurement and Logistics at Emerson Philippines.
The annual “RICOH Global Eco Action” also involves activities such as a tree-planting activity at the La Mesa Nature Water Reserve in Quezon City, and invited staff to make pledges for the environment.