Mining firm initiates tree planting project

A MINING company has planted over 22,000 different tree species as the company has embarked on tree planting in line with its environmental integrity program.

The trees were planted within the 17 kilometers stretch in the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area of the TVI Resource Development, Inc. In Balabag, Depore, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.

Valentino Edang, acting manager and security officer of TVIRD Balabag Epithermal Gold and Silver Project in Bayog, said most of the trees were planted in areas previously affected by the massive cutting of trees due to illegal mining.

Edang said Balabag is part of TVIRD’s 4,779-hectare Mineral Product Sharing Agreement (MPSA), which already received an approved Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) in 2013 and Declaration of Mine Project Feasibility (DMPF) in 2016.

It also received an approval for its Social Development Management Program from the MGB in May 2014.

Edang said the approval of the ECC confirms that the company has satisfied the requirements of Presidential Decree No. 1586 and will secure Bayog’s environment.

He said the tree planting activity, which they recently embarked, is aimed at growing thousands of trees under the company’s environmental management program, which is in consonance with the government’s current thrust for environmental protection.

TVIRD Community Development Officer Lope Dizon said the tree species that were planted included Benguet pine, coconut, acacia, mahogany, mangium and species of old trees like falcata and lawaan that have a high survival rate.

Aside from Depore, the trees were planted along the provincial road also traversing the village of Pulang Bato and Dipili.

Dizon said the TVIRD is committed to pursue the greening program not only to maintain the area’s environmental integrity but also as a way to promote sustainable livelihood projects for the host community through agro-forestry. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)