In line with IBM‘s Centennial Celebration of Service in alliance with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Visayas Regional Office worked on a mangrove reforestation project in Barangay San Vicente, Olango Island Lapu-lapu City. IBM and PBSP are united in adapting to climate change by effectuating to reforest some of the country’s critical watersheds.


June 11, 2011, Saturday – joins over 100 IBM Employees , volunteers, Cebu print media and Cebu bloggers for the IBM‘s Mangrove Reforestation Project in Olango Island. It was a bright 34Degrees Celsius Saturday as we plant hundreds of mangrove seedlings in the mangrove forest of Olango Island, where ,by the way, the Olango island bird sanctuary is.

Mangrove Seedlings

The project is part of IBM‘s Celebration of Service, a program designed for employees, retirees and business partners, to donate their time and expertise during the company’s centennial year. IBMers in the Philippines and around the world are volunteering in their local communities, helping with civic challenges and societal needs.

IBMers and Volunteers planting Mangroves

IBM Philippine General Manager James Velasquez who joined the mangrove reforestation said, “IBM’s 100 years of making the world better can be attributed in three key points the company has practiced — staying relevant, taking big bets and sustaining culture of working for a higher purpose. The lessons from IBM’s history should guide us to another century of progress.”

Also part of it’s centennial celebration, IBM announced hundreds of new service grants that support employees’ volunteer activities to help build a smarter planet. The new technology and cash grants expand IBM’s commitment to communities worldwide 140percent over the previous year.

“IBM has a deep heritage of making a substantive contribution to communities, starting with the company’s founder, Thomas Watson Senior. Since 2003, IBMers have provided more than 11 million hours of skill-based volunteer service around the world; more than any other company. These new community service grants will enhance their efforts to partner with communities and help build a smarter planet,” added Velasquez.

To extend it’s leading model of service beyond IBM’s employees and retirees to their families, friends and neighbors, the company is making its volunteer assets available to the public. IBM’s celebration of service will build on established volunteer programs, recruit new service leaders and partner with additional outside organizations. Anyone can visit to pledge volunteer hours and access portfolio of free service activity kits available in 7 languages.