Atro Mining to conduct river clean up, tree planting anew PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:15

VITALI, Zamboanga City —  Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. (AMVI) is set to conduct on June 5 another round of river clean up and tree planting in Vitali river here with participation from the barangay officials, academe, civic sectors, and the environmental management agency.

Some 100 AMVI employees will temporarily leave their stations to clear the river of garbage and debris, which will be followed by the planting of 300 seedlings of acacia mangium and mahogany along the riverbank.

“The river clean up on June 5 will be the fifth since 2012,” Mr. Leo Soza, AMVI resident manager, said. Last March 21, the company conducted the fourth round of river clean up.

The river clean up on June 5 will focus on the area near Tigtubo Bridge of Vitali, Mr. Sosa added.

“We are doing this on a regular basis,” he said.

In a memorandum of agreement with EMB-9 and the Barangay Government of Vitali signed August 15, 2012, AMVI committed itself to assist in training community leaders in solid waste management; water quality management; and mobilization of residents to implement the agency’s                                 River Environmental Management Program.

The company also committed itself to work with the village officials to implement the project.

“Part of our annual plans and program is to care for the river and all bodies of water as we do business in the community,” Mr. Soza said.

Expected to be present during the river clean up are Ms. Winnie Ramos, Environmental Impact Division Chief of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-9); The Barangay Council of Vitali headed by Barangay

Chairman Jose Alavar; the academe; and several representatives of the civic sectors.

During the river clean up last March 21, Ms. Ramos commended AMVI for “spearheading activity as part of their commitment to socially responsible mining.”

“We should learn together that the future of our environment largely depends on our collective efforts to work for a cleaner and greener tomorrow,” she stressed.

The company was awarded 2nd place in 2012 by EMB-9 for its river clean up program.

AMVI is an iron ore mining company. It is set to commence its development phase soon.

It has an Exclusive Mines Operating Agreement with Hard Rock Mineral Trading, Inc. (HRMTI) which grants exclusive rights to conduct mining operations within the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area. The MPSA area has a total area of 2,077.3084 hectares located in Upper Tagpangi, Vitali, this city.