In celebration of the 52nd founding anniversary of Bicol University (BU), EDC and the BU College of Science established an arboretum inside the campus. This sought to preserve and mainstream Philippine native tree species. In collaboration with its partners, EDC planted over six million seedlings under the BINHI program throughout the country. The Bicol University Arboretum is the 22nd BINHI arboretum in the country to help enhance biodiversity for years to come.
Over 100 seedlings, comprising the 32 premium tree Philippine species, were planted. This aimed to grow “mother trees” for native tree species close to extinction. Most of these species were uniquely found in the Bicol region as well. The rescue, conservation, and propagation of these native trees are prioritized over exotic ones, as these are more typhoon-resilient and favorable to the local climate.