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Davao mining sector eyes 300 has. for tree planting

DAVAO CITY, June 28 — The mining sector in the Davao Region is eyeing a total of 300 hectares for the tree planting project here to support President Benigno S. Aquino III's National Greening Program this year.

Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) regional director Edilberto Arreza said the bureau had partnered with the private sector such as Holcim Philippines, Apex Mining and Asiatic Gold in carrying the project.

Arreza said the Holcim's greening activity in Davao Oriental and Davao City in its 50 hectares area would be in partnered with environmentalist group Kinaiyahan Foundation, while the other 50 hectares would be dedicated to planting of rubber tree seedlings.

He said the Apex Mining has designated 100 hectares in in Compostela Valley while Asiatic Gold has 100 hectares within its contracted area in Pujada Bay, Mati City.

About 62,500 trees would be planted in the three areas Arreza said.

Meanwhile, Arreza said the MGB has an on-going inventory of the country's mine-out areas. They will enroll as their sector's dedicated area for the National Greening Project of the government.

While the survey is still to be completed, the bureau has initiated the partnership with the mining industry though there were no mine-out areas in Region XI.

The tree planting activity is in line with the Arbor Week celebrated in the month of June. (PNA) DCT/RMA/DDB/ldp

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