Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to plant 6 million trees with the mayors of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza all in Surigao del Sur where MMDC mining operations are located. MMDC had submitted a Tree Planting Program for 3 million trees way back in February 2015 pursuant to a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) instruction arising out of its operations. All issues were finally resolved by Sec. Gina Lopez in a letter of approval in January 2017 only.

The additional 3 million trees is part of the regular replanting related to mining activities.

The regional DENR has already submitted an inventory of 1.5 million seedlings from various individuals in the five municipalities which will provide a livelihood source. According to MMDC Vice Chaiman Isidro Alcantara, the MOA signatories hope to plant not only endemic species but also cash crops like coffee and cacao so that the livelihood component of the program will be recurring and could provide sustained yearly income to the affected people in the area. “I thank Secretary Lopez for issuing the approval which Marcventures has been expecting for two years since we gave it to the DENR. In only a month, Marcventures was able to start implementation,” Alcantara added.

Photo shows the signatories during the MOA signing. (L-R) Lanuza Mayor Salvacion Azarcon, Madrid Mayor Grace Kimura, Carmen Mayor Jane Valeroso-Plaza, Cantilan Mayor Philip Pichay, Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr., Carrascal Mayor Vicente Pimentel III, MMDC Vice Chairman Isidro Alcantara, Jr., MMDC VP for Operations Alexandrie Amadeo, Tandag Mayor Alexander Pimentel, and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Congressman Johnny Pimentel