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MAGSICO, San Fernando, Cebu (Nov. 25, 2015) — Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) has carried on with its efforts to support the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) with the conduct here yesterday of another comprehensive tree planting activity.
Its employees planted 2,400 seedlings at sites where SEDC used to mine out minerals for cement manufacturing at Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) .
These add up to some 60,000 trees that have survived from those planted in various activities SEDC organized with TCPI over the past 10 years, shared Joel Sombelon, SEDC head of mining operations.
In the last planting, the employees and some community volunteers planted 1,200 Aure seedlings, disclosed Mitzie Almira I. Carin, SEDC human resources and administration deputy division manager.
They further planted other species as 450 Acacia Aure and 400 Mahogane, and fruit-bearing trees as 250 Jackfruit and 100 Mango, she added.
Carin said SEDC and TCPI invest in the environment both for corporate social responsibility for the host communities and to ensure sustainable business operations.
SEDC has been consistent since it started operations for over 20 years now in rehabilitating sites after it had mined out minerals for TCPI and what was then Grand Cement Manufacturing Corp.
Some mined-out areas have become green pockets today with some forest trees now standing over 20 meters.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas acknowledged TCPI and SEDC for their support to NGP, a program to improve the country’s air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.
The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry honored the cement operations at the plant in San Fernando with the 1997 Business for the Environment Award.
Under Japanese management, TCPI with SEDC is also among the first cement company in the country to implement an Environment Management System that further got certified since 2005 as having attuned to ISO 14001.