Nickel miners plant 4 million trees across different parts of PH
The Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) said it has upped its greening effort in their respective mining areas, even targeting to plant more trees on top of the estimated 4.2 million trees they planted in Caraga region and Palawan.
“Our member-companies have planted more than we have mined. In fact, our ‘green’ footprint is larger than our mining footprint in terms of area,” PNIA Executive Director Charmaine Olea-Capili.
“Our aggregate reforestation effort comes up to a total of about 2,000 hectares planted to date,” she added.
A statement showed that a variety of indigenous and endemic tree and grass species have been successfully planted by PNIA members since the start of their rehabilitation efforts.
These include Agoho, Mahogany, giant bamboo, Tiger Kamagong, Tiga, Ipil, Narra, and Ironwood, as well as fruit-bearing trees like Calamansi, Rambutan, Cashew, Jackfruit, and Cacao, among others.
Cash crops such as rubber, coffee, vegetables, and herbal plants are also grown in the mine sites’ respective nurseries.
PNIA said the intensified reforestation program demonstrates their commitment and contributions to the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), which aims to revegetate some 1.2 million hectares of “unproductive, denuded, and degraded” forest land nationwide from 2017 to 2022.
Organized in 2012 as non-stock non-profit organization, the PNIA is composed of Platinum Group Metals Corporation, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation, Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation, Carascal Nickel Corporation, DMCI Mining Corporation, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, and TVIRD’s Agata Mining Ventures Incorporated.