Miss Earth 2017 can­di­dates join FNI tree plant­ing ac­tiv­ity

Manila Times - - PUBLIC SQUARE -

GLOBAL Fer­ronickel Hold­ings, Inc. (FNI), the sec­ond largest nickel pro­ducer in the Philip­pines and the largest sin­gle la­t­eric mine in the world, re­cently joined forces with can­di­dates of Miss Earth 2017 to con­duct a tree-plant­ing ac­tiv­ity within the Up­per Marik­ina River Basin Pro­tected Land­scape (UMRBPL) in Barangay San Jose in An­tipolo City.

The UMRBPL, with a to­tal land area of 26,126 hectares, was es­tab- lished through Pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion 296 in 2001. It hosts a num­ber of threat­ened and en­dan­gered species, some of which are en­demic such as the An­tipolo tree, Red Lauan, Yakal, Lu­zon Bleed­ing Heart, Ru­fous Horn­bill, and the North­ern Lu­zon Cloud Rat.

Dur­ing the event, em­ploy­ees of FNI were joined by 20 can­di­dates of Miss Earth 2017 to plant seedlings of Narra and Fire trees cov­er­ing a one- hectare area. The can­di­dates gen­uinely en­joyed the ac­tiv­ity and took to heart their ad­vo­cacy of pre­serv­ing and restor­ing Mother Earth.

“We are one with the can­di­dates and or­ga­niz­ers of the Miss Earth Pageant in ac­tively pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and con­ser­va­tion,” said Atty. Dante Bravo, pres­i­dent of FNI, who led the team dur­ing the tree-plant­ing ac­tiv­ity. “We re­main com­m­mited to for­est con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion not only in the ar­eas where we op­er­ate but in other ar­eas across the coun­try as well. In fact, we also planted 1,000 seedlings of narra and rambu­tan trees at the Kaliwa River For­est Re­serve in Tanay, Rizal in cel­e­bra­tion of Ar­bor Day.”

FNI’s tree-plant­ing projects were done in sup­port of the Na­tional Green­ing Pro­gram (NGP) of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR).

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