MORE than 350 students and their families from two elementary public schools in the hinterlands of Duangan, Pinamungahan planted 3,500 seedlings in a community-based tree planting activity last Nov. 11, 2018.
Village chieftain Annette Navarro led barangay officials and teachers of Duangan Elementary School and Guimbawian Elementary School in joining the students’ families plant various species of trees.
These included Acacia, Acacia Auri, Caimito, Lanutan, Lomboy, Mahogany, Molave, Narra and Tagilomboy, according to Mitzie Almira I. Carin, a division manager of Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) that provided the seedlings.
SEDC organized the tree planting in the area, as it will further undertake more, preparatory to its eventual operations of some quarries to provide raw materials for cement manufacturing at the plant of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI).
It had also undertaken various medical missions for local residents since 2013.
Over the past 10 years, SEDC has had planted with TCPI more than 65,000 trees in nearby barangays Bugho, Cabatbatan and Magsico in San Fernando where it has been operating quarries and rehabilitating mined-out sites.