The Cordillera Challenge is an event which aims to raise awareness for the need to protect and rebuild our mountains' forest areas and challenge recreational bikers to race for the environment. This year’s bike challenge will support 20 seedling nurseries for the greening of the Cordillera mountains, one of Northern Luzon’s major watersheds.
Globe Bridging Communities, the corporate social responsibility arm of Globe Telecom, renewed their partnership with the Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT), a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to help preserve the Cordillera mountain ecosystem led by its executive director, JP Alipio.
“Globe is committed to work with local community partners to help restore the Cordillera mountains. With its renewed partnership with Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT), Globe will support the establishment of 20 seedling nurseries through Roots and Shoots, a nursery building program in public elementary schools. Other Globe Telecom, Inc. sponsored CSR programs like Text2Teach, LEADCOMM (Leadership Communities) and micro-finance mobile banking will also be brought to the province of Benguet,” said Rob I. Nazal, Globe Corporate Social Responsibility Head.
CCT’s Roots and Shoots nursery building program aims to build seedling nurseries in public elementary schools in the Cordillera area. The Globe Cordillera Challenge will not only help support the nurseries but build a community of environmental stewards of students, parents, public officials and volunteers.
Globe Telecom is also set to sign a partnership agreement with Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) this April for the use of mobile technologies in enabling the production, planting and maintenance of 50 million seedlings in 2012. The partnership will help FPE meet their contribution to National Greening Project, an Executive Order signed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in February 2011.
This year’s trail highlight includes:
- Conquering two summits: Mt. Cabuyao and Mt. Sto. Tomas.
- The bike challenge will start at 6 a.m. in Burnham Park, Baguio and bikers will continue on an 11 kilometer-ride to the Mt. Cabuyao Summit PAG-ASA monitoring station.
- Those aiming for a more challenging ride may continue on to the Mt. Sto. Tomas Summit which involves steep grades, loose rocks, and tricky descents with the best views of the Lingayen Gulf, Mossy and Pine Forests.
- Riders will receive a wrist band for every station they are able to complete. The high-altitude 27-kilometer bike course will be more challenging than the previous Globe Cordillera rides with over one kilometer of vertical climbing. Bikers will also be given jerseys made of recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.
Open to qualified mountain bikers on a first-come, first-served basis and may download the registration form online through the Globe Cordillera Challenge 3 Facebook event page and send their P1,000 donation via GCASH: text DONATE<space>1000<space>MPIN<space>CORDI and send to 2882. Donations may also be deposited to the Cordillera Conservation Trust BDO account: Tignayan Para Iti Konserbasyon Ti Kordilyera with the corresponding account number 5180031673.