April 22, 2013
Doral celebrates Earth Day
For the fifth year in a row, Doral's dparques initiative will reforest parks throughout the Island.

For the fifth year in a row, Doral launches the community program dparques: reforesting community parks, in association with Telemundo, Primera Hora, and The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DRNA). Through this program, who's objective is to create awareness about the importance of urban reforestation and the environment, seven parks in low income areas of Puerto Rico will be reforested.

"When dparques strengthens and betters the quality of a park, it also strengthens its community. With this program we continue, for the fifth year in a row, to push towards environmental development and family togetherness." Said Lucienne Gigante, VPS of Public Relations, Marketing, and Community at Doral.

This year, communities or individuals can submit their park to be reforested by sending an entry starting today April 22, in honor of Earth Day. Those who are interested can find the entry form at www.doral.com/dparques, to complete the needed information and send it to martha.butrago@doralbank.com before June 22, 2013.

The main guideline for participation is that the park must be in need of reforestation and has an organized community that can actively participate in the reforestation process and can continue to maintain it for future use. The received submissions will be evaluated by the Consejo de Reforestación Urbana y Comunidades del DRNA (Urban Reforestation Council and DRNA Communities), who will visit the park to evaluate the grounds.

For the reforestation process, Doral will donate $7,000 to the The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DRNA) with the objective of contributing to the purchase of the necessary materials for the planting and the maintenance of the areas that are protected by the Department.

"The consistency of this reforestation initiative, that began in 2009 on Doral Bank's behalf, proves a true commitment to the environment and to the future generations of Puerto Rico. We thank you for joining our efforts of expanding green areas in the urban centers and rural areas of our country." Expressed Carmen Guerrero, Designated Secretary of the DRNA.

In allegiance with the The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DRNA), Telemundo, and Primera Hora, dparques has impacted 18 communities and more than one million people by planting over 2,800 trees and making their recreation spaces more habitable. It is also important to point out that the species chosen for each planting area is a native species.

"This is a program that truly makes a difference. We have seen it grow since the beginning and we have witnessed the impact it has in the communities and families of Puerto Rico." Said Elia Calvo, Public Relations and Community Service Manager at Telemundo de Puerto Rico.

Some of the communities that have been visited and impacted by dparques are: Arecibo, Aguas Buenas, Carolina, Cataño, Florida, Guayama, Guaynabo, Isabela, Loíza, Río Piedras, San Juan, Naranjito, and Mayagüez.

Linda Hernéndez, Primera Hora's Director, expressed her support of the program: "We joined together with Doral because we recognize how necessary it is to promote this development that is not only environmental, but also for the family. These are good news for Puerto Rico," said Hernández.

Another part of the program is the educational talks given by DRNA experts during each reforestation activity. They provide advice about planting, conserving, and maintaining the parks. Also, Doral associates offer Financial Education talks offering advice about the importance of saving money.

For more information or if you would like to submit your community's park, visit www.doralbank.com/dparques or www.facebook.com/doralbank.

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