IN a wildlife rescue and reservation center, Australian miner OceanaGold planted its one millionth tree, capping a campaign that seemed to reflect the company’s determination to be in the vanguard of fighting climate change. OceanaGold Philippines Environment Manager Jason Magdaong said the tree called Mayapis (Shorea palosapis) was planted at RBB Nature Park and Wildlife Center (a park in memory of a dedicated forester Rogelio B. Baggayan) at the Cagayan Valley Regional Center in Tuguegarao City. The tree, which belongs to the Philippine mahogany group and popular for furniture use, is one of the common dominant tree species found in Didipio village where OceanaGold operates its gold and copper project in the mineral-rich Kasibu town in Nueva Vizcaya. Magdaong said planting their one millionth tree is a milestone for OceanaGold in its mining forest program in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government launched in 2010. He added that experts claim that “climate change is incumbent upon us and that no amount of effort would be able to do anything in stopping this inevitability and that we should have started mitigating climate change 50 years ago.” David Way, OceanaGold Philippines general manager, said their target is to plant two million trees in 10 years.


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