Issue of July 9, 2017
     
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Mining company in Benguet plants 20,000 trees for 2017
by Butch S. Mendizabal

GIVING BACK -- Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company has intensified its reforestation efforts in the vegetable and mineral-rich town of Mankayan by planting a total of 50,000 Benguet pine and fruit bearing trees in five hectares of land since the start of the year. The company  has  also committed to donate 50,000 more assorted tree seedlings to interested organizations and local government units in the Cordillera. -- Contributed photo

 

MANKAYAN, Benguet – Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company has intensified  its reforestation efforts in this vegetable and mineral-rich town by planting a total of 50,000 Benguet pine and fruit bearing trees in five hectares of land since the start of the year.  

The company has also committed to donate another 50,000 assorted tree seedlings to interested organizations and local government units in the Cordillera. 

Since its kick-off during the Earth Day celebration in April, the company has reforested about two hectares of land with 20,000 seedlings while the remaining 30,000 seedlings will be planted in Mankayan’s communal forest and watershed areas within the quarter. 

The tree planting are carried out every Saturday and on relevant celebrations like World Environment Day on June 5 and Philippine Arbor Day on June 25 in cooperation with various stakeholders, such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the academe, LGUs, interns from different schools, contractors, community members, and employees of Lepanto and its subsidiaries.

“For years, Lepanto has been supportive of DENR’s National Greening Program through massive reforestation projects. Lepanto’s reforestation program started decades ago, and has planted over 6.5 million trees over 800 hectares. Every milestone or important occasion in Lepanto is marked by tree planting. This is our way of keeping our commitment to the environment,” said LCMC President and Chief Operations Officer Bryan U. Yap. 

LCMC earned first prize in DENR’s “Adopt a Tree, Adopt a Mining Forest” program in 1999 for planting 1.2 million trees. The company also donates thousands of seedlings every year to Mankayan and its neighboring towns to support their respective greening programs.

Reforestation and other environment-related activities are embodied in Lepanto’s Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP).

The AEPEP budget for this year is P191.97 million, more than double last year’s P77.59M, and a testament to Lepanto’s commitment to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment. Substantial allocations have also been made for the operation and management of the newly-built engineered sanitary landfill, the first in the country’s mining industry, and continuous effluent management.


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