Over 200 seedlings of different kinds of species were planted in Parañaque City, a joint effort by AirAsia Philippines and Nayong Pilipino Foundation in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.
AirAsia’s Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility (CSSR) partners with Cabin Crew Department, National Park Development Community, and Philippine Air Force also joined the tree-planting program.
The objective was to raise public awareness on the importance of planting and saving trees, concern for the environment and diminish the unfavorable effects of climate change.
This is the first AirAsia PH AllStar-spearheaded tree planting activity in Parañaque City, dubbed "alwaysREADY: Taking Off for a Greener Future" by AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla.
Isla and Nayong Pilipino Foundation Executive Director Gertie Batocabe led the activity planting over 200 seedlings of Banaba, Aunasin, Makaasim, Mangkono, Talisay, Bignay, and Yakal at the New Seaside Drive protected area.
AirAsia Philippines Country Head of Communications & Public Affairs Steve Dailisan said, "AirAsia's objective is not just to provide low-cost world-class service to our guests, but also to be responsible stakeholders and spearhead environmental protection activities which will also compensate for our carbon emission."
In a statement by One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation, a tree absorbs an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, of carbon dioxide per year for the first 20 years.
The trees planted by AirAsia AllStars and its partners are expected to reduce a significant amount of carbon footprint.
Dailisan added that other initiatives carried out by AirAsia to reduce its carbon footprint include the utilization of Airbus 321neo that has a lower fuel utilization of up to 20 percent. (The A321neo is the longest-fuselage member of Airbus' best-selling, single-aisle A320 Family, comfortably seating 180 to 220 passengers.)
The introduction of A321neo to AirAsia's fleet in 2021 resulted in the reduction of up to 11,175 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to 186,250 trees planted per year.
"We laud AirAsia as they exemplify their dedication to walk the talk in achieving the goals of offsetting carbon emissions. We hope this will serve as an inspiration to other corporations as well to take their responsibilities seriously in our fight against climate change," Batocabe said in a statement.
The activity was done at the New Seaside Drive protected area, which is 4.4 kilometers away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This was attended by celebrities Joj and Jai Agpangan, Andrei King, Ezra Domingo, and Jerald Cabuñag. Other AirAsia partners who joined the tree planting activity include SIP Purified Water, VIDA Sparkling Drink, Yobick Yoghurt Drink and TravelOnline.