In July 2014, Transcom Cares in the Philippines held it’s very first out of town event in a quiet little seaside village south of Manila. The activity was to plant a thousand seeds of mangrove trees in a marine sanctuary located outside the town and just a few meters from the shoreline.
Guided by the community leaders and the local environmental agency, our volunteers waded through knee-deep and muddy seawater. Despite the mid-morning heat and rising tide, the event was a success with everyone learning more about our conserving our environment. As a token of gratitude we gave shirts to our 45 volunteers and had a simple lunch by the sea.
Let me share some testimonials from volunteers who participated in the planting this long lasting legacy.
“All of us had a good time not just in strengthening our bond as a company, but as well as in learning how to become more responsible stewards of our environment.” – Sister Gem, Organizer
“Planting mangrove seeds is a tedious task, nevertheless it was very memorable because I learned more about our environment and how to take care of it. I was able to make new friends as well.” – Dianaross dela Cruz, Customer Service Agent
“I have been with Transcom for 8 years now. There was a sense of fulfilment to think that we assisted in planting the mangrove trees that would help protect the shoreline in the future. I am looking forward to join more of these activities.” – Jaye-R Alfiler, Process Improvement Analyst
“Amidst all we find comfort, knowing that what we are taking part of building relationships not only with our clients, locals, and friends but also with nature. It was really a pleasure to be part of this activity and I truly appreciate Transcom for empowering its employees to become vanguards for sustainable development for the environment. The activity was a testament that things can be done easier together. Happiness is felt best when shared when you’re #TranscomHappy.” – Joerns R. Nalam, Quality Assurance Analyst
“It was a great opportunity to help our environment and contribute to the community. Being a volunteer was a rewarding thing to do. Meeting different people to help hand in hand on a specific project like Mangroves planting may complete your personality as a person.” – Nella Bustria, Team Leader
“Everything was full of fun. There was great Camaraderie among the Volunteers, Team Work that was developed, and the whole experience that can’t take away from us.” – Rodrigo Pineda, Customer Relations