Mining firm conducts tree planting in Zambo Sur town

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IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, April 18 (PNA) - The TVI Resource Development Philippines, Inc. (TVIRD) has planted at least 22,000 different tree species in line with its "environmental integrity program," its officials said.

The trees were planted within the company’s Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area, said Valentino Edang, acting manager and security officer of TVIRD Balabag Epithermal Gold and Silver Project in Bayog town in the nearby province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Edang on Tuesday said most of the trees were planted in Sitio Balabag, Barangay Depore, particularly in areas previously affected by the massive cutting of trees due to illegal mining.

Edang said that Balabag is part of TVIRD’s 4,779-hectare MPSA, which was given an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) in 2013 and Declaration of Mine Project Feasibility in 2016. It also received an approval for its Social Development Management Program from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in May 2014.

He said the tree planting activity, which they recently conducted, is aimed at growing thousands of trees under the company’s environmental management program.

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.