STA. Cruz, Zambales -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set aside P28 million for the development of this town that was affected by mining operations.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Penro) Laudemir S. Salac said that a capsule proposal is being prepared for the development and renovation of 10 projects, namely, a 50-hectare Integrated Agroforestry, 7.55-hectare Riverbank Rehabilitation, seven-hectare Mangrove Rehabilitation, Biochar Production, Charcoal Briquette Production, 50-hectare Fuelwood Plantation Establishment, Lomboy-Tubo-tubo Nature Reserve Ecotourism Promotion, Hermana Menor Reef Discovery, Forest Protection Activity Enhancement and an Integrated Solid Waste Management Project. “All of which entails the disbursement of P28,132,011.60 intended for the development of pre-identified areas within the municipality of Sta Cruz.”
“Mining is relatively a talk of the town recently. The current secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Ms. Regina Lopez, before accepting her secretarial position with the department, has chaired ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the media company, and spearheaded Bantay Kalikasan, a non-government organization (NGO) notable for the rehabilitation of the La Mesa watershed and the La Mesa Ecopark,” said Salac.
Salac cited Jee Geronimo from Rappler who even noted in an article entitled, ‘What Drives Gina Lopez?’ that the secretary ‘as an activist was an anti-mining advocate.’ Also, she pioneered corporate social responsibilities (CSR) for the environment and communities in the country.
Rehabilitation projects are targeted to be implemented in identified mining-affected communities in Sta. Cruz, he said.