Issue of September 10, 2017
Mt. Province

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Philex nearing target for reforestation plan
by Press release

REHABILITATED -- Philex Mining Corporation sustains its tree planting efforts with its new project to be implemented this month focusing on maintaining previously reforested areas such the decommissioned and rehabilitated tailings storage facility 1 at Sitio Sal-angan, Barangay Ampucao in Itogon, Benguet. The mining firm has so far planted more than 48,000 different tree species and flowering plants in Tuba and Itogon, which hosts its gold and copper operations. -- Contributed photo

TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. has so far planted more than 48,000 different tree species and flowering plants in over half of the targeted hectares in this town and Itogon for this year’s reforestation program.

Leon Mocate, senior forestry coordinator at the Environmental Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Department (EQMED) of the company’s Padcal mine, said the new tree planting project will see massive implementation this month, after which the firm will focus on the maintenance of the previously reforested areas.

He said personnel of Padcal mine kicked off the planting of trees and tropical plants, a project worth P910,281 that has been reinforced through the company’s engagement of 10 contractors, each with a team of at least five people.

With a survival rate of 90 percent, this year’s reforestation program, which aims to reforest 50 has. with 83,350 trees, involves the planting of Benguet pine, kupang, narra, ipil-ipil, antsoan dilau, guava, bougainvillea, calliandra, and coffee.

Julius Bayogan, manager of Padcal’s EQMED, said this year’s budget for reforestation is P2.1 million, including the maintenance – ring weeding, applying fertilizers, and the planting of seedlings to replace the trees that did not survive.

In an earlier statement, Philex Mining said it allotted P345,968 for the maintenance of 50 has. that was on its second year of reforestation, another P637,215 for 100 has. of reforested land on its third year, and P210,000 for the 75 has. currently on its fifth year of reforestation.

It added that a total of 20 has., equally divided between sitios Banawel and Bagbag, in Itogon’s Barangay Ampucao, would be planted with various tree species, while eight has. in Tuba’s sitio Kimabayo, Barangay Camp 1, and another six has. at the Albian Slope, Camp 3, were also part of this year’s reforestation project.

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