Taiheiyo, PNP personnel, folks plant 6,000 trees in Magsico mined‐out area


Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) has since been committed to rehabilitate hinterland areas the company had quarried earth materials needed to the manufacture of cement products at the manufacturing facilities of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) in San Fernando.

In fact, areas that SEDC have had rehabilitated some 15 years or so ago have become fresh pocket forests today that company personnel along with barangay  officials of Magsico and Bugho protect to this day, with more areas with trees growing over time.

In many of these areas, the local community, including students from various private and public schools, and friends from various organizations and other groups in the city came to take part in the re-greening efforts.

The initiative that started in 1997 earned the plant in San Fernando the Business for Environment Award given by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry  (CCCI).

Last Nov. 27, 2012, personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and trucking and hauling contractors took part in a massive tree planting in Barangays  Magsico and Tabionan along with TCPI and SEDC personnel and officials in these barangays.

They planted 5,000 seedlings at two mined-out areas in Magsico and 1,000 at the buffer zone for the TCPI plant in Tabionan, according to SEDC staff Michael  Loguiber.

These included 3,000 Aurey seedlings, 1,200 Mahogany seedlings and 800 Nangka seedings in Magsico and 1,000 Aurey seedlings in Tabionan, he added.

Personnel of SEDC suppliers, Triple 8 trucking and F.A Manpower, joined the activity in getting their hands dirty for Mother Earth.

SEDC nursery personnel already dug holes for easier and faster planting, while on standby were First-aid kits and the TCPI Patrol car to ensure that any untoward incident will have been attended to right away.

The commitment of TCPI and SEDC to rehabilitate mined-out areas and enhance buffer zones around the cement plant and the involvement of the community are embodied in their joint Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP).