Families plant 500 trees, learn cement production

Don Bosco Tree Planting

A delegation of 212 basic education students, parents and teachers of Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) planted 500 young trees at the buffer zone of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) inside its compound in San Fernando last July 15.

They further had crash course on cement manufacturing, plus a guided tour at the cement plant in Barangay South Poblacion where a convoy of buses came from the DBTC campus in Punta Princesa, Cebu City.

They alighted and gathered at the TCPI multi-purpose recreation center where officials and staff of TCPI and its earth materials supplier, Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC), waited to accommodate the delegates.

Masahiro Tate, Jr., SEDC technical adviser and director, welcomed the Bosconians and their parents led by Cerwin T. Eviota , president of the school's Parents Teachers Community Association (PTCA), also the PR consultant of TCPI.

DBTC technical director Ranilo "Tata" Camacho, also assistant principal for senior high school, led the teachers and some student leaders.

"We are happy that we get to work together to breathe life back to Mother Earth by planting new trees that we in Taiheiyo and Solid Earth will take care and make sure that they will grow into mature and strong tall trees," Tate said.

The hosts introduced TCPI and SEDC to the delegation and gave the participants an orientation about the process in manufacturing cement from the mining of raw materials to the distribution of the finished products.

They also gave a briefing on the value of tree growing and the correct procedure in planting the seedlings that they subsequently did at the buffer zone behind the junior staff house by the southern side of the manufacturing facility.

Close look

With each wearing long‐sleeved shirt (camisa chino) and baseball cap, and equipped with garden shovels, they planted 200 Siko Carabao and 100 Kapi fruit‐bearing trees, plus 100 seedlings each of the endemic Lawaan and Lanutan species.

After a 30‐minute break for refreshments, the DBTC delegates had a close look of the huge cement plant, then proceeded to the roof deck of the nearby administration building where they viewed the whole manufacturing complex.

TCPI deputy division manager for human resources and administration (HRA) Eliza C. Olarte and general affairs officer Vanessa N. Bongcawil guided them during the tour.

Engr. Romeo M. Gebilaguin, environment and safety division manager, with section head Dwight P. Avila gave the visitors technical insights of the whole manufacturing process while viewing the whole cement plant.

SEDC HRA division manager Mitzie I. Carin and her deputy and concurrent community relations officer Gines Boltron also helped to make sure the Bosconians and their parents had a worthy learning experience.

Four PTCA trustees ‐ vice president Lani de Leon Tan, treasurer Anna Lee Sol Sanchez, auditor Dr. Merah Hernane, Ed.D. and sports committee chair Engr. Carlito T. Jubac ‐ served as marshals during the educational tour.