JUNE 18, 2010
 
Nursery a source of seedlings, fish
 
NURSERY. Rows of seedlings are propagated inside the Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc.-Solid Earth Development Corp. nursery in Magsico, San Fernando.
 
A NURSERY maintained by Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) in Magsico, San Fernando has not just been producing seedling for tree planting but also tilapia.
 
The nursery propagated plants of different species, including fruit-bearing trees, such as mango and jackfruit, and timber, such as mahogany, Acacia Aure, narra and Indian trees and also Ilang-Ilang.
 
When the seedlings have grown into a transplantable size, these are used during the tree planting activities of TCPI and its materials supplier, Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) since both established the nursery in 2000.
 
The seedlings are also donated to the different barangays and high schools in San Fernando for their own tree planting endeavors.
 
Over the past five years, some 30,000 seedlings have been propagated. The nursery has an inventory of 7,000 seedlings, mostly mahogany and Acacia Aure.
 
A caretaker works full time for the maintenance and upkeep of the nursery, said Esther Cola, TCPI senior manager for human resources and administration.
 
Fishpond
As a portion of the nursery is swampy and not conducive for tree planting, TCPI and SEDC decided to transform the area into a fishpond, Cola said.
 
Developed since mid-2009, the fishpond has an area of about 10 by 14 meters with a depth of 2.5 meters. “This is now home to around 2,000 tilapia fries donated to us by the Department of Agriculture in San Fernando,” said Cola.