Atro to conduct river clean up, tree planting PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 March 2014 11:19

A mining company is set to conduct another round of river clean up and tree planting in Vitali river, this city, on March 21 with participation from the barangay officials, academe, civic sectors, and the environmental management agency.

“This is the fourth round of river clean up conducted by our company as part of our commitment to help de-clog and rehabilitate Vitali river,” Mr. Leo Sosa, resident manager of Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. (AMVI), said.

AMVI has an outstanding agreement with the regional office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-9).

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.

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

Last December, AMVI had also conducted river clean up in the same river.

Some 1,000 kilograms of garbage and debris were collected last December by at least 120 participants to the river clean up, which were  followed by the planting of 130 seedlings of acacia mangium and mahogany along the riverbank.

“It was the third round of river clean up with tree planting conducted by the company since 2012,” Mr. Leo Soza, resident manager of Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. (AMVI) told media.

Present during the river clean up wereMs. Winnie Ramos, Environmental Impact Division Chief of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-9); The Barangay Council of Vitaliheaded by Barangay Chairman Jose Alavar and newly elected officials; the Department of Education led by District Supervisor Joel Marcos;Vitali Central School led by the Principal Evangeline Araneta;Vitali Vocational and Technical School headed by Mr. FroilanPiedad; and several representatives of the civic sectors.

Ms. Ramos, in an interview, said “we commend Atro Mining for spearheading activity like this 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 wrap up its exploration activities.

It has a 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.