THE Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) yesterday donated more than a thousand Mahogany plants to the Vatukola Community in North West Guadalcanal, as its continuous CSR assistance in the Solomon Islands.
Close to a hundred villagers with POB staff gathered at the community this morning, to witness the ceremony at the Kakabona area.
About 1,100 mahogany plants were handed over to the community elders, by the POB’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Adrian Nigel and his team.
Speaking during the occasion, Mr Nigel said the bank is excited to support a community, apart from assisting schools in tree planting exercises over the passing months.
“Today we at POB are delighted because for the first time we are supporting a community to plant 1,100 Mahogany trees under our CSR project, which we started in 2016.
“First of all, on behalf of POB, I wish to thank the Vatukola community chief Mr. Agusto for accepting our invitation to plant 1,100 seedlings of Mahogany Trees in their community land,” the COO said.
He added, the bank is very proud and pleased of its CSR project as it contributes towards Capacity building for a Sustainable Forest Resource Management.
This is the ninth occasion we have donated plants under our CSR project, Nigel said.
“Since year 2016, we have distributed 3940 plants among 8 schools. You may wonder why we decided to distribute plants through our CSR project.
“Forestry Sector is the main area that contributes heavily to the National Economy and these natural resources need to be managed with great care in this country for the benefit of the future generation,” the COO added.
Meanwhile, Chief Agusto and members of his community at Vatukola have received the plants with total gratitude, and also thanked POB for agreeing to select his community to be part of the bank’s CSR project.