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CTP Construction and Mining reforestation project and more
By Marcelle P. Villegas
CTP Construction and Mining Corporation operates the Adlay Mining Project and Dahican Nickel Project in Surigao Del Sur.
These projects are also focused on reforestation and other strategies in rehabilitation and improvement of the environment, such as pawikan nesting and wildlife conservation, rubber plantation, tilapia production, and more.
CTP-CMC is 100% Filipino owned and was granted the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS certifications last 2016 and in February 2018. It upgraded to latest versions namely ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) along with its existing OHSAS 18001:2007, certified by TÜV Rheinland.
CTP-CMC is the second nickel mine in the Philippines that has obtained a triple ISO certifications.
For the Reforestation Project, to date, they have planted 162,978 trees for the Adlay Mining Project and 27,895 trees for Dahican Nickel Project. Additionally, the company actively takes part in the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). As of 31 March 2018, they have planted a total of 445,713 trees outside of the operation sites. In summary, combining the Adopt A Mining Forest Program and NGP activities in reforestation, CTP-CMC has planted a total of 636,586 trees.
Here is a progress report summary of their Reforestation Project:
For the Reforestation Project, they have selected a good variety of forest trees such as agoho, mahogany, giant bamboo, to name a few, and fruit-bearing trees like calamansi (Philippine lime), jackfruit, and cacao. The project also includes planting mangrove which does so much for the ecosystem. Most trees are known to be a good source of oxygen for the air, plus homes of arboreal animals like birds. The mangrove tree serves not only arboreal animals, but their roots also function as nursery homes of reef fishes. Bamboo is an excellent choice in a reforestation project since it is a good source of durable raw material for home building. To utilize the bamboo plant, one only needs to cut
the top part of the bamboo and leaving the lower part of the stalk to allow it to grow again after cutting. Thus, this solves the hassle or cost of replanting. The bamboo plant is also known for its efficiency in air purification, because it can clean the air of toxic compounds like formaldehyde.
Aside from reforestation, siltation cleanup effort is also essential in a mining project. Here is summary of what CTP-CMC has done to ensure proper measures of the siltation process.
- SILTATION CLEAN-UP EFFORT
The company’s effort to clean-up siltation:
- Regular desilting schedule of 56-unit series of settling ponds. The company have constructed 40 units series of settling ponds with a total capacity of 435,000. 15 cu. m to collect silt and control the transport of sediment downstream to receiving water bodies, this structures are regularly desilted to remove all the silt deposits within the pond and to give area for sediments to settle during heavy rains. The company has assigned dedicated equipment intended for desilting activities.
- The company installed 885 “Coco Choir Logs” to filter surface run-offs.
- The company purchased three (3) units Dragflow machine to remove the sediments deposited along the coast of Kaayongan River and Capaguihan cove.
- In order that the dredging operation shall be effective, the company purchased and installed 2.0 km. silt curtains (1.5 km @ Kaayungan Delta and 0.50 km @ Capaguihan Cove) to contain the sediments
and prevent it from spreading towards the sea.
Thank you to CTP Construction and Mining Corporation for providing the statistics, photos, and other information for this article.