Nautilus Project

Nautilus Project

The Nautilus Project is part of the Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) of the MEPED for CY 2023 under its Environmental Infrastructure Development. Inspired with the “Golden Ratio”, which is the golden section or divine proportion in mathematics, the project sits under the Progressive Rehabilitation Program (PRP) Area – rehabilitated on CY 2020 – of the company located in the East Pimmagong Area exhibiting a snail like pattern, hence the name “Nautilus”. The said area will be the future Central Nursery of the MEPED that showcases the summary of rehabilitation activities and post mining land use of EMI in one area by establishing and promoting botanical garden, technological advancement, ecotourism/leisure, educational venue, biodiversity, and responsible mining.

The concise purpose for each feature is to reclaim and rehabilitate mined-out and other disturbed areas through the production of high quality and superior planting stocks with the aid of scientific advancement in ecology and technology that will promote, protect, and conserve the remaining biodiversity resulting to improved ecosystem services and diverse benefit derived therefrom. Likewise, it will promote sustainable farming techniques and support sustenance for future livelihood of the community. Lastly, the area will be showcased as the summary of rehabilitation activities of the MEPED, providing a venue for ecotourism/leisure and educational value for visitors.

The Project displays the following amenities:

Gallery of Biological Diversity

The Gallery of Biological Diversity which also serves as the Site Office of MEPED and is an avenue for Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign of the Department. The log cabin features exhibit of xylarium – wood identification samples, herbarium, scientific break-through, advancement, accomplishments and milestone of the Company. Moreover, the log cabin is constructed using minor forest product, vegetative spoils, snag and naturally felled trees, and other recyclable materials, symbolizing sustainable development and resiliency to climate change. Other amenities of the log cabin include: MEPEO Office, Envi Staff Office, Conference/Training room, kitchen, comfort room, and may also include guest/staff room for sleeping quarters.

Herbal and Ornamental Area

The herbal and ornamental area is constructed for landscaping and enhancement development of the Department which is used primarily for decoration and preparing the company for future ecotourism projects – attracting tourists for recreation, aesthetic and natural living beauty that enriches human quality of life and culture. Likewise, the area will propagate native ornamental species promoting biodiversity and the impression of beauty it possesses. Moreover, herbs for food, flavonoid, medicine, perfume, dye, pest control, among others will be cultured for consumption, livelihood development, and sustainability.

Orchidarium

OrchidariumOrchids, under Family Orchidaceae, are known to be one of the two largest family of flowering plants. The establishment of Orchidarium allows the company to cultivate orchids species, especially those which are considered or listed as threatened species classified in the International Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Such floral species will be tended and propagated at a designated area in the botanical garden. The same area has the potential to invite people who are Orchidaceae enthusiasts, later, can possibly develop an alternative source of livelihood for the people of Sta. Cruz, Zambales, in preparation of the Post Mining Operation.

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly GardenThe butterfly garden is established mainly to catalyze regeneration and proliferation of Lepidoptera species in a controlled environment which will be later on released in the natural ecosystem, as butterfly, aside being an important pollinator, impact the future well-being of the whole environment. Ultimately, the project goal is to invite different species of wildlife and promote natural dispersion of pollen for multiplicity of species. Hence, enhancing food web by giving importance value to the keystone species. The area is said to also provide educational value about metamorphosis, as well as bring awareness of nature to those of observe them and provides joy and relaxation.

Research Center for Ecological Advancement

The Mine Environment Modernization (MEMO) Program of the MEPED was convened to adopt and discover technological and ecological Mine Environment Modernizationadvancement based on scientific researches, methods and results which can be applied to mining and other industries. As part of the MEMO program, the Department re-established an improved Instructional or Research Nursery designated for the Forest Laboratory (ForLab) equipped with instruments and apparatus primarily for tissue culture or in vitro (micro) and other propagation technique. The Research Center for Ecological Advancement shall be the designated area for experiments, researches, and discoveries relevant to ecological enhancement and prevent loss of vulnerable and threatened species, increase production of highly sensitive and of high-susceptibility species, and more importantly to enhance carbon offsetting and biodiversity.

Rearing Shed

The rearing shed is an essential part of the nursery. It is where seedlings are raised, hardened, and shocked, prior to seedling deployment and out planting. The rearing shed includes the MEMO Program advancement which are the utilization of sprinkler and misting (for clonal propagation) system, that aides high labor cost and maintenance, thus, increasing productivity and efficiency in nursery management operations.

Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT 1)

Sloping Agricultural Land TechnologyAgroforestry is a science and practice that deals with the production, management and utilization of woody perennials in combination with agricultural crops, animals, aquatic and/or other resources, either simultaneously or sequentially, for the twin purpose of conservation and socio-economic productivity. (DACUM, 1992).

In a simple term, it is the intentional combination of agriculture and working trees to create sustainable farming and ranching systems. Sloping Agricultural Land Technology is the general term called for the following systems:

  1. SALT 2: Simple Agro-livestock Land Technology
  2. SALT 3: Sustainable Agroforest Land Technology
  3. SALT 4: Small Agrofruit Livelihood Technology

The project aims to establish the SALT system in the area providing a sustainable source of agri-crops and fruits which can be consumed by the company or sold to its personnel with a relative low cost. This shall also provide new sustainable farming knowledge to the people of Sta. Cruz, Zambales, promoting an alternative source of livelihood. Furthermore, the system will provide a sustainable and high palatability forage for livestock production which will also generate organic fertilizers from animal manure, that are used in rehabilitation activities.

Additionally, portion of the land area will be utilized for the full-blast operation of the hydroponics system and bee culture (apiculture). Bees are also one of the insects with high importance to ecosystem services. By means, of provisioning, bees generate honey wax which are consumed by the people which is good for treating several diseases and its anti-oxidant properties. Five out of nine bee species are said to be native in the Philippines. Moreover, advantages like pollination, increase yield of several crops. Species such as Apis dorsata, Apis indica, Apis florea, and Apis mellifera can be used for apiculture.

Arboretum

ArboretumArboretum is a designated area which composed of planted variety tree species. The area shall exhibit native and endemic plant species found within the tenement area of EMI. Aside from aesthetic value and the natural landscape it brings, the area shall be the future source of seeds and other propagation material for future rehabilitation activity. This shall support our stance of using native and endemic species in rehabilitated areas, therefore, increasing biodiversity and ensuring development of ecosystem services pursuant to DAO 2022-04 – ‘’Enhancing biodiversity Conservation and Protection in Mining Operations. Likewise, it shall create a venue for scientific and educational value for native and endemic species. Moreover, it shall establish a safe haven for the conservation of endangered native and endemic species. Moreover, the arboretum also features an informative labyrinth designed for meditation and reflection, therapeutic and healing purposes, etc.

Bambusetum

BambusetumJust like the Arboretum, Bambusetum is also a designated area for specific species of Poaceae Family, which are the Bamboo Species. The area shall exhibit native and endemic species of bamboo species found in the Philippines. The said area will showcase the summary of our bamboo plantation established within the mine site. Furthermore, it shall be the future source of propagates for bamboo production in rehabilitation areas. The area will also be a venue for scientific and educational value for native and endemic bamboo species for conservation. The EMI Bambusetum was established and named in memory of Leo G. Dominguez who proactively promoted the Bamboo Initiatives by encouraging bamboo planting as a strategy to establish livelihood projects, with the help and support of his colleagues, other mining companies, and groups.

Land Resource Management

Progressive Rehabilitation

Progressive RehabilitationThe Philippines is one of the nations that emphasizes the necessity of environmental conservation and sustainability as the world works to overcome urgent environmental concerns. Conversely, EMI has consistently funded its revegetation programs through various conservation initiatives. A total of 148.17 ha of land was rehabilitated and enhanced by the MEPED from July 2022 to June 2023; this included 34.2 ha of disturbed or mined-out land and 113.97 ha of buffer zone or undisturbed land. Furthermore, as part of its biodiversity conservation program, the company carried out enrichment planting for CY 2023 in old PRP areas covering a total land area of 43.73 ha interplanted with native/endemic tree species, thereby improving higher biodiversity that will result to a richer a greater ecosystem services in the future. As a result of the progressive rehabilitation actions for the given coverage period, 272,867 tree seedlings were out planted in the company’s tenement area.

It was also ensured that all mined-out areas were recontoured, reshaped, and covered with top soil prior to out planting activities. Modern bench design follows standard height, width, slope, and other specification to minimize erosion. Benches were also installed with storm water controls such as silt fence, silt curtain, etc. Moreover, relative to the revegetation program of the EMI, it is ensured that all mined-out areas are installed with necessary soil erosion controls such as wattling, barring, silt fence, coconets etc. to mitigate sedimentation. A total of 5.57 ha of land area from the mined-out areas were installed with coconets from the coverage period. Likewise, a total of 31,703,611 mix grasses such as bermuda, mani-mani, carabao grass, calopognium, kudzu, millet, talahib, cogon, napier, etc. were manually planted and hydroseeded to the rehabilitation areas promoting ground cover for additional soil erosion control.

To date, the EMI’s total area planted to date is 680.752 ha which comprised of the following below, to wit:

Eramen Minerals Inc total area planted

Gulayan sa Minahan

Gulayan sa MinahanAmong the Progressive Rehabilitated Area of EMI is the establishment of its Agroforestry System. As of CY 2023, the company has established a total of 28.0 ha of Agroforestry area. As an innovative and sustainable approach, the Agroforestry Model can address future challenges such as food security, environmental degradation and rural development. Agroforestry systems, which support a wide range of plant and animal

species, including beneficial insects and pollinators, contribute to habitat diversity. The benefits of having trees in an area include increased soil organic matter, improved nutrient cycling, lower soil erosion, and greater soil moisture retention. Moreover, Agroforestry provides community with many sources of income by combining the production of agricultural goods, lumber, fruits, and nuts. The diversity may provide protection against market fluctuations.

During the coverage period, a total of 272.315 kg of assorted fruits and vegetables were harvested from the said agroforestry system. The produce is either brought to the company’s mess hall or sold to the local employees with a significant low price than the current market price. With this, the local employees’ livelihood was being improved by supporting their sustenance.

Nursery Operations

Nursery OperationsThree (3) nurseries have already been established on the EMI mine site. One of the nurseries highlighted is the recently built nursery, which is situated in the Nautilus Project, also equipped with Sprinkler System for Maintenance. The old nursery is utilized mainly for production of soil ameliorants, mushroom culture, and agrosilvipastoral system. The new central nursery is utilized mainly for production of planting stocks and environmental research and development.

In EMI’s old nursery area, soil ameliorants and/or organic fertilizer are produced. In order to promote the best growth of various plant species during the rehabilitation and revegetation of mined-out areas, it is crucial to produce and utilize the mentioned materials. Utilizing animal manure is a crucial aspect of soil ameliorants and/or organic fertilizers. Hence, the EMI used an agrosilvipastoral system, which combines the production of livestock with crops and trees, in order to encourage sustainability and soil ameliorant output.

The table below shows the production of different soil ameliorants used by the company to their rehabilitation and revegetation activities for the coverage period. Accordingly, a total of 7,433.26 sacks of assorted soil ameliorants were produced. These includes 2,464.76 sacks of Organic Fertilizer; 996.16 sacks of Food Compost; and 1,210.58 sacks of vermicasts.

different soil ameliorants

Consequently, the soil implements produced are used mainly for potting activities with a standard mix ratio formulated to obtain a maximum growth quality of the seedlings. For the same coverage period, a total of 353,925 different types of seedlings were produced by the EMI. This includes 169,610 forest trees, 12,839 bamboos, 157,023 herbal and ornamentals, and 14,453 mix fruit trees and vegetables.

maximum growth quality of the seedlings

Water Sprinklers in PRP Areas

Water Sprinklersv SystemsWater Sprinkler Systems were established in PRP areas as part of the MEMO Program of the Envi Department to support and guarantee the growth and survival of the out planted species. In CY 2022, sprinkler systems were installed on a total of 10.0 hectares of land. In CY 2023, the system was completely maintained. In addition, 8.74 ha more of sprinkler system for the PRP area was installed in CY 2023. As of writing, a total of 18.74 ha of PRP area was already installed with the Water Sprinkler System.

 

Air, Water, and Noise Management

MGB-approved Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement ProgramThe most common environmental impact being concerned in the mine development and operations that may pose negative effect if not alleviated are the following: siltation, waste water contamination, noise and dust pollution, soil erosion, etc. However, the EMI commits to mitigate these negative externalities of mining activities through its Mine Environmental Modernization Programs. The company’s environmental programs were mainly guided by the MGB-approved Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP). For Air Quality Management, the environmental air pollution controls and practices imparted in the programs are Dust suppression using water trucks, mandatory tarp covering on hauling trucks, strict imposition of speed limit, deployment of street sweepers in the strategic areas along hauling roads, regular road maintenance, road sprinkler system, and wash bay operations.

In correspond to the air and noise quality monitoring, the EMI internally purchased Volumetric Flow Controlled Total Suspended Particulate – High Volume Air Sampler to conduct regular air sampling on the identified sampling station within the mine site. It was implemented quarterly as one of the environmental initiatives of the company to monitor the TSP level per station and evaluate the results thoroughly aside from the results conducted by the third party provider. For noise Volumetric Flow Controlled Total Suspended Particulatemonitoring, the company has 3 noise meters that were utilized weekly by the trained envi personnel and tallied the results in the monitoring sheet provided. The External Ambient Air and Noise Quality sampling is conducted by the MJL Environmental Service Solution in a quarterly basis. The following parameters tested in these activities are: 1.) for air quality, total suspended particulate (TSP), sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide; and 2.) for noise, a-weighted decibel (dBA). Based on the results, all significant parameters monitored are within the required NAAQ standard of DENR-EMB, thus EMI remains compliant under the implementing rules and regulation of RA 8749 – Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 and National Pollution Control Commission.

GeotextileFor water quality management, EMI implemented all runoff from ancillary, active mine areas, and rehabilitated areas are directed towards drainage canal, silt traps and silt ponds interconnected into series to ultimately discharge on a single point. Geotextile were used as filters and silt fences. The drainage systems were also installed with dissipators, interceptors, sieve filters, and silt curtains to reduce sediment load and decrease the velocity of runoff. Aside from surrounding silt fence and berms, stockpiles were also covered with tarpaulins. The company opted to fabricate sieve filters, silt fences and silt curtains made up of deformed bars and recycled branches from fast-growing species subjected to silvicultural treatment.

Total Suspended SolidsCurrently, the EMI innovated alternative filtration system which is known as “Prototype Drum Filter”. The design was operated thru a series of interconnected five (5) drums with the application of various filtering medias to filter silt coming from the source, which aims to enhance its flow capacity, entirely cleanse the water and obtained excellent results in the water quality particularly on the following pertinent parameters: Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Nephelometric Turbidity (NTU) and pH levels. During the commissioning of this innovation which was occurred on the 3rd Quarter of 2022, it was concluded to be effective thru its altered water coloration and results of its water quality parameters. As for the result, this filtration process indicated that the wastewater source from the silt ponds has a significant diminution of its TSS from 15,330 mg/L of the untreated sample to 40 mg/L of the treated sample and the Nephelometric turbidity level from 1000 NTU of the untreated sample to 77.2 NTU of the treated sample; and for its pH level has been improved from 6.93 to 7.56. Due to good results, the company opted to enhance the design of the “Prototype Drum Filter” into a “Module Filter” to further increase the flow capacity and at the same time increasing filter efficacy. The Module Filter is made from a metal plate designed in a rectangular box framework consisting of various filtering media parted into three (3) compartments. Presently, there were installed 4 module filters situated in the out flow of the retention ponds.

CRL Environmental CorporationThese activities ensured that silted runoff is contained and managed to eliminate its impact on the water body receptors. Quarterly water quality analyses are conducted by CRL Environmental Corporation and sampling activities are witnessed by an MMT member. The parameters being tested are TSS (Total Suspended Solids), pH, manganese, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel. Based on the gathered results, it was concluded that all of the required parameters are within the DENR-EMB allowable standard limit. Thus, this proved that all of the stormwater control structures and mitigating measures were effective and successfully applied within EMI mine tenement and consistently compliant thru the implementing rules and regulation of RA 9275 – Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

Biodiversity Conservation Programs

Conserving ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity in one of the objectives of the Department to address the ongoing loss of biodiversity due to anthropogenic factors. As such, the MEPED implements biodiversity conservation programs that is likely to promote sustainable resource management. The Department has also participated in various biodiversity conservation celebration such as Plastic Free July 2022, World Bamboo Day 2022, Earth Hour Day 2023, World Wildlife Day 2023, Earth Day 2023, and Philippine Environment Month 2023.

Biodiversity Conservation Area

Committed to the conservation and protection of a wide range of species and ecosystems, the EMI has established a 10.0 ha Biodiversity Conservation Area located within its mining tenement area in CY 2021. The area was maintained from the year it was established and up-to-date through mastication – combination of thinning and mulching – to perpetuate growth of threatened species. The aforementioned area is also home to native/endemic species which serves as mother trees and source of future propagates for future planting stock production.

Plastic Free July 2022

Plastic Free July 2022Strengthening the campaign to plastic free environment, the EMI has conducted a site wide clean-up on July 30, 2022. Additionally, the campaign was strengthened through IEC campaign tackling about Waste Recycling and Waste Diversion Strategies. Further, the MEPED has provided aluminum tumblers to EMI personnel for the celebration.

World Bamboo Day 2022

Promoting Bamboo as a revegetation species is one of the commitments of the company to its rehabilitation activities. The EMI celebrated the World Bamboo Day in a series of event that transpired on September 13 and 24, 2022. A bamboo planting activity was conducted in the tenement area of EMI, planting 1,550 native bamboo culms at the stream bank of Binabangkay Creek – designated Biodiversity Conservation Area of EMI – to further enhance and mitigate stream bank erosion. The planting of the said species in the said area is coupled with ecological restoration. Today, a total of 48.89 ha World Bamboo Day 2022bamboo plantation was established in the tenement area of the company.

Moreover, a Bamboo-Craft Making Contest was also featured in the said celebration, showcasing innovative products and designs that are functional with the use of a renewable species – bamboo – promoting sustainable forest utilization with the use of renewable resources.

Likewise, an IEC campaign on Bamboo Morphology, Utilization, Harvesting, and Propagation was discussed to the diverse participants of the event enhancing their knowledge about bamboo.

Earth Hour Day 2023

Earth Hour Day 2023In celebration of Earth Hour Day, which took place on March 25, 2023, ” the EMI joined the global community in supporting climate change action by turning out their lights from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The basecamp crew, as well as additional employees from their separate residences, took part in the event. The purpose of the Earth Hour event was to inspire people to conserve energy beyond Earth Hour and to protect the environment in their daily lives.

Likewise, a short educational discussion was also conducted on the same date tackling about Climate Change and Mitigating Measures.

World Wildlife Day 2023

World Wildlife Day 2023On CY 2022, the ridge-to-reef campaign of MEPED was fortified through their Pawikan Project in Partnership with the DENR, MGB, and Mead Foundation. During the celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2023, the 1st release of the adopted Pawikan Nests of EMI was conducted on March 4, 2023. Additionally, the EMI again adopted Pawikan Nests for CY 2023 for the conservation of Native and Endemic Pawikan Species in the Philippines, wherein the coastal area of Zambales is one of the egg hatching sites of the species.

 

 

 

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day 2023The 2023 Earth Day celebration with the theme “Invest in Our Planet”, was participated by the EMI on April 22, 2023, with six (6) activities: motorcade, zumba dance, tree planting, clean-up drives, information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns, and the Mr. & Ms. Earth 2023 pageant contest.

The celebration started with the zumba dance activity promoting health and wellness of the participants. The activity was then followed by a motorcade going to the tree planting site located in Brgy. Guisguis, Sta. Cruz, Zambales. A total of 1,433 native/endemic tree species were planted during the activity. Moreover, a clean-up drive along the vicinity of Daang Kalikasan also took place on the same date.

The inaugural Mr. and Ms. Earth 2023 competition was held at Brgy. Lipay, Sta. Cruz, Zambales before the day ends wherein 17 candidates competed in the activity. The activity was spectated by the staff and the neighboring community in the vicinity. The pageant was used as a platform to educate the public about biodiversity preservation, climate change mitigation strategies, and ethical mining. Mr. Vincent Kyle Visperas and Ms. Pamela Grace Medel, who were crowned Mr. and Ms. Earth 2023, respectively, marked the culmination of the event. Moreso, an IEC about Climate Change Mitigation and Addressing Environmental Issues was also discussed in the celebration. The Earth Day Celebration focuses on Climate Change and factors inducing Climate Change.

Philippine Environment Month 2023

Philippine Environment Month 2023Committed to the protection and conservation of the biodiversity, the Eramen Minerals, Inc. (EMI) has strengthened its environmental endeavor by participating in the World Environment Month Simultaneous Tree Planting 2023. On June 5, 2023, a total of one hundred ninety-four (194) participants including EMI staff and personnel, Philippine National Police (PNP) Sta. Cruz and Candelaria, and on-the-job-trainees from the President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU) gathered together to participate in the conservation effort for world environment month celebration.

Embracing the spirit of environmentalism, the EMI has planted a total of twelve thousand one hundred eighty (12,180) seedlings in its mining tenement located in East Pimmagong, Block B South, Block A, and Upper Bolas. Furthermore, the said species were composed of twenty-two (22) native and endemic species in the country promoting species diversity in its rehabilitation efforts while enhancing greater ecosystem services in the future. Likewise, an IEC on Importance, Objectives, and Goals of Philippine Environment Month was given to the participants.

Environmental Trainings

Environmental education is critical in our drive for a more sustainable future as it raise awareness about pertinent environmental concerns, develop a sense of environmental stewardship, and stimulate collaboration and networking among like-minded people. These trainings empower individuals specifically the Envi Personnel to become active participants in environmental conservation by providing them with the essential tools and knowledge, resulting in positive change at both the individual and collective levels. Investing in environmental education is critical to building a resilient and prosperous world for current and future generations.

Forest Restoration Development Program Project

Forest Restoration Development Program ProjectAs part of the project, on October 25-28, 2022 and December 5-8, 2022, the EMI in partnership with For. Amelita Luna – a University Researcher of the University of the Philippines Los Baños – conducted a capacity building training to its Envi Personnel that provided appreciation with the use of native species in restoration projects of mined-out areas. It will provide valuable knowledge and abilities to regular nursery workers, mine rehabilitation workers, protection aids, and field staff on identifying native metallophytes and species, identifying plants using herbaria and vouchers, acclimating wildlings to earth-balling, and biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration initiatives. The training topics also included bamboo harvesting techniques, clump management, and propagation techniques.

The following topics were discussed to Envi personnel:

  • Native metallophytes/species production for biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration initiatives of EMI;
  • Collection of Propagules (mature fruits/seeds, wildings);
  • Acclimatization of Wildlings and germination;
  • Voucher/Herbarium Preparations;
  • Bamboo Propagation, Clump Management and Harvesting; and
  • Nursery Establishment and Management with Emphasis on Native Species in EMI.

Nursery Management Training

Nursery Management TrainingThe above-mentioned training was supplemented by an internal training about Nursery Management conducted by For. Richelle Royce I. Tapulao. The training was conducted on December 11, 2022 and was participated by All Envi Personnel. The outline of the capacity building training is as follows:

  • Forest Nurseries;
  • Classification of Forest Nurseries;
  • Source of Planting Stocks;
  • Forest Tree Seed Technology; and
  • Good and Poor Nursery Practices.

Training Module of Horiba HU-200SS Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Sampler

Training Module of Horiba HU-200SS Total Suspended Solids (TSS) SamplerThe training module for the operationalization of HORIBA Equipment of TSS Sampler was transpired on June 15, 2023, which was conducted by EESI Material and Controls Corporation. The training covers the basic principle and operation of the equipment including the zero and span calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting.  It aims to widen the capability of ENVI personnel to ensure that they are well-equipped on how to properly operate and maintain the equipment being utilized on site for internal water sampling and monitoring.

 

 

High Volume Air Sampling

High Volume Air SamplingOn May 18, 2023, the training on how to operate the TSP Sampler was being conducted on site by the JCG Industrial Technologies: Engineering Services and Supply of Environmental Equipment. The training covers the actual set-up of TSP Sampler, discussion on the configuration of parameters, sample retrieval and maintenance. This is merely beneficial to acquire knowledge pertaining to the proper operationalization and maintenance of the Volumetric Flow Controlled Total Suspended Particles (TSP) High Volume Sampler which are purchased by the management. Hence, it is utilized every quarter for the conduct of internal air sampling and monitoring as part of the EMI’s environmental initiative and commitment to ensure that the identified air sampling stations on site meet the allowable standards as prescribed by the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 8749, The Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

Services to the Community

Individuals and organizations have a moral and ethical obligation to act in ways that benefit society as a whole. The MEPED has continuously supported its stakeholders in various projects. Services to the CommunityAmong of which are the following:

  • Donation of 2,000 seedlings to Couples for Christ Church for their National Greening Program (NGP) Project in Brgy. Coto, Masinloc, Zambales;
  • Extension works to Brgy. San Fernando, Sta. Cruz, Zambales Fire Victim – provision of clothes, canned goods, rice, etc.;
  • Donation of 9,000 seedlings to Brgy. Guinabon, Sta. Cruz, Zambales for their NGP Project; and
  • Donation of 1,500 seedlings to the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Zambales and Participation to the Municipal Arbor Day Tree Planting Activity.