The Dr. Lucio C. Tan Legacy Forest Project in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija employs a diverse set of people coming from various barangays in the area to work in rebuilding the community and the environment. Mostly they work during the day planting and farming and some during the wee hours of the night constantly guarding the plantation and the protected areas of the project. The only times they get to meet are only during seminars and meetings.
On December 7, 2019, they had the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the spirit of giving as the Foundation hosted a night of thanksgiving to everyone who dedicated their time and hard work in making the project progressive.
To start the program, the TYKFI officers and staff joined the workers on a Holy Mass officiated by Fr. Jerome Ponce from the Divine Mercy Chapel of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. His Christmas message centered on being thankful for the blessings we received throughout the year and focusing on not letting the blessing stop on them but continually loving others physically or spiritually.
After a special Christmas dinner and a set of fun games and raffle, every worker and staff introduced themselves, their area of work, and contribution. Each group led by TYKFI forest specialist explained their nature of work and how their job matters to make the project more significant in its efforts to leave a lasting legacy for the future generations and the environment.
Legacy Forest Project Consultant Prof. Marlo D. Mendoza recalled the first time they set foot in the town and how the Foundation through its head Philip Sing chose to establish the project in the area, carefully considering the environmental status and the livelihood it may provide to the local community.
On behalf of the Foundation, Philip Sing shared that everyone should not only view the project as source of livelihood, but more importantly as a source of hope for their family and the world they live in.
With this celebration being an annual event for the workers, TYKFI presented awards to exceptional workers in recognition of their tireless dedication: Efrina Lamsis – Best in Attendance and Punctuality; Adrian Wansi – Most Industrious Employee; Joel Sanz – Most Reliable Employee; Jacob Bolislis – Most Productive Employee; Larry Yubos – Loyalty Awardee; and Ferdinand Mercado – Most Outstanding Employee.