Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. (RTN), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), begins the last stretch of the company’s journey towards its goal of planting 5 million trees in Rio Tuba. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque graces the ceremonial planting of the first of the remaining 900,000 trees RTN needs to complete its 5M goal.
Sec. Roque says he wanted to see for himself if trees are really being planted in the mining community and that he is impressed by what RTN is trying to do in Palawan, planting trees all over the province.
He says it is important that he’s seen mining in RTN personally to be able to present to President Rodrigho Duterte and the whole country that not all mining is irresponsible, that here in Bataraza, the environment is being cared for.
“I will report to President Duterte what Rio Tuba Mining is doing in greening Palawan, we will tell the world, since PTV media is here with us, that in Rio Tuba, in Bataraza, there is no difference between the concept of jobs creation and the protection of the environment,” Spox Roque shares.
To date, RTN has a record of about 4.1 Million surviving trees planted in various areas covered in its mine rehabilitation and reforestation programs.
Sec. Roque congratulates and thanks Nickel Asia, the LGU of Bataraza, and all the employees of the mining company for inviting him to Rio Tuba.
“I feel that I am personally accepted here to also act as a protector of the environment, and this event is proof that the communities can well benefit from the economic contributions of mining while protecting and preserving nature,” Roque said.
According to Environmental Planner, Janice M. Tupas, Manager of the Mines Environmental Protection and Enhancement Dept. (MEPED) of RTN, there is a mechanism that her team and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the DENR employ that actually monitors and counts the survival rates of the trees they plant.
“This year, we will be more aggressive, we will build hectares upon hectares of bamboo plantations, we will engage the communities to turn their backyards into mini forests and we will have support from the Department to Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Dept. of Education in Palawan that I feel we will even surpass 5 Million,” Tupas excitedly said.
Despite its economic contributions to the fiscal health of the communities, the mining industry continues its campaign to foster appreciation and instill the sense of environmental stewardship among the people of Palawan. RTN believes that contributing to the restoration and protection of the rich forest ecosystem in Palawan is a moral obligation.
Engineer Cynthia E. Rosero, Resident Mine Manager for RTN, says having Sec. Harry Roque grace this important event helps showcase RTN’s environment protection programs and to the mining company’s aggressive efforts to keep Palawan green.
“Planting 5 Million Trees is no easy feat for a mining company and we are proud of this,” Rosero said.