To Date, PNIA Members Have Planted Almost 7 Million Trees
As part of its environmental protection and enhancement programs, members of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) have planted 6.59 million trees covering 3,167 hectares of land. In its first eight months of the year, members have planted an additional 809,656 trees covering 322 hectares of land in Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Zamblaes, Agusan del Norte, and Palawan.
In addition, PNIA members have invested more than P202 Million on these planting programs for its first eight months. Examples of trees that were planted included narra, agoho, molave, rubber, palawan cherry, golden shower, and maribuhok; and as fruit-bearing trees like coconut, rambutan, cashew, jackfruit, cacao, pineapple, coffee, and calamansi.
According to PNIA President Dante Braco, there was an unprecedented growth of 13.9 per cent of the number of trees planted since 2019.
“In our perspective, implementing our EPEPs is one of our ways to show the community how we value their land, waters, and environment,” Bravo said. We make it a point to improve what is already in the area and contribute to the beauty, safety, and preservation of the community. Our members do not just plant for the sake of planting just to meet the requirements of the government. We conduct research to identify which tree species will be most beneficial for the specific environment of each mine site.”
The mining industry has also initiated bamboo planting even before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources mandated such a program.
“Between January to August 2020, our members have planted 23,000 seedlings, bringing their total to over 46,000 bamboo seedlings planted over nearly 100 hectares,” Bravo said. “PNIA members endeavoured to sustain, if not enhance our environmental programs, ensuring we always go beyond what is mandated by the government and making sure that these programs are inclusive and beneficial for the local communities. We remain steadfast in our dedication to environmental rehabilitation and enhancement programs, even during the pandemic, and will continue with rehabilitating as we operate.”