Stakeholders of the ongoing rehabilitation of the abandoned mine site of the Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Inc. (PQMI) in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City came in full force for a tree planting activity on October 15 which was undertaken as part of the project.

Initiated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Regional Office to provide aesthetic pleasure, improve land stability, and create an ecosystem within the high risk mercury mine area, about 600 participants from the city government of Puerto Princesa, local government of Sta. Lourdes, mining contractor Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. (RTNMC), Philippine National Police (PNP) officials, teachers and students, members of Puerto Princesa land transport terminal and the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSME) Palawan Chapter actively took part in this successful event setting the rehabilitation works in full swing.

The area planted, which is located in the northern and northeastern portion of the rehab area comprising of three hectares, was assessed to be unstable, thus, tree planting was seen as an efficient mitigation on its possible erosion and other hazards usually occurring in the area.

The seedlings, which are a variety of hardwood plants, were provided by RTNMC including the labor for land preparation and were turned over for the upkeep of the residents of Barangay Sta. Lourdes.

The event was graced by the presence of Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Roland De Jesus, RTNMC’s Engineering Department Head Ronel Suguitan; PENRO Juan Dela Cruz of Palawan, CENRO Emer Garraez, and Chairman Edgar Isoy of Barangay Sta. Lourdes who all conveyed full support for the timely realization of the rehabilitation project.

Project Manager Alvin Requimin was the overall organizer of the tree planting activity with assistance from the local governments of the city of Puerto Princesa and Barangay Sta. Lourdes.