The Mines and Geosciences Bureau IV CALABARZON (MGB IV CALABARZON) spearheaded a simultaneous Bamboo Planting Activity in celebration of the DENR Environment Month. The said activity was conducted in cooperation with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-Rizal and Montalban Aggregate Producers Association (MAPA) starting 9:00 AM on June 17, 2019. It was held in five (5) different quarry sites in the province of Rizal namely:

      • Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Antipolo City;
      • LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc., Angono
      • Gozon Development Corporation, Antipolo City
      • Solid Cement Corporation/CEMEX Philippines, Antipolo City, and;
      • Blue Rock Aggregates Corporation, Rodriguez

The activity was the result of the 1st Kumustahan sa Lalawigan ng Rizal cum Bamboo Planting Seminar that was given by the First Integrated Environmental Savers, Inc. held on May 21, 2019 at PENRO-Rizal Conference Hall. The two events were organized in support of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s encouragement for the mining industry to plant bamboos within their area of operations, whether mined out or unused, to provide extra income for the communities and increase bamboo production. In addition to that, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez pronounced in the 4th Forum of Mining Policy Directions of DENR held on July 31, 2018 that an additional one (1) million hectares for bamboo plantations is required for the bamboo industry.

Bamboo planting was one of the government’s solutions to improve mine rehabilitation and make it more beneficial to the surrounding communities. One of the reasons why bamboos were deemed as the best choice was because of its various uses. The said plant not only matures fast, but also has strong carbon absorption properties, and is effective in preventing soil erosion, which is a rampant problem particularly in the province of Rizal. With this, the Bamboo Planting Seminar was conducted at the PENRO-Rizal with representatives from quarry operators in the province as participants.

The five (5) earlier listed quarry operators simultaneously performed the bamboo planting activity that followed. They were joined by representatives from MAPA, Rizal Quarry Academy, Inc. (RQAI), Local Government Units (LGUs), and government officials including Rizal Governor Rebecca Ynares. With at least 125 bamboos planted for each site, the activity was successful not only in unifying the mining industry and the local government of Rizal in supporting the bamboo industry but also in raising awareness on mine rehabilitation.

by: Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto                         |           28 June 2019