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DuPont supports Mt. Makiling Reforestation

Philippines, Mt. Makiling, July 19, 2007

DuPont Philippines upholds its environmental commitment with a tree planting activity at Mt. Makiling.

Now on its 7th year, the annual company project started with 1,165 seedlings, planted near the classrooms of the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Founded in 1802, DuPont is known for putting science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential for a better, safer, healthier life. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

The annual tree planting project was conceptualized in line with one of the core values of DuPont - environmental stewardship. DuPont supports community sustainability efforts that improve the quality of life and enhance the vitality of the communities in which we operate. Mt. Makiling was chosen not only for it’s proximity to the DuPont site but also because of its dire need for preservation since the forest area is home to thousands of indigenous tree species.

The Mt. Makiling Reserve is one of the few remaining areas in the country with large areas of intact natural forests and a high diversity of flora and fauna.

Since the project inception in 2001, a total of 5,365 indigenous endemic species have covered the allotted land area in Mt Makiling that measures 2.51 hectares. Among the trees planted were narra, balakat gubat, banuyo, kalumpit, betis, ipil, supa, lamog, lamio, lipote, molave, makaasim, white lauan, pangnan, malabuho, palusapis and many others. This year, DuPont aims to add at least 1,000 new seedlings to reforestation area.

“This activity is but a small proof that DuPont really cares for the environment. The mini forest of fast-growing trees is a living monument that will attest to this commitment,” said Oscar Edralin, chairman of the tree planting activity.

The annual DuPont tree planting activity is in cooperation with the Philippine Highschool for the Arts, the University of the Philippines Los Banos and the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems.