Holcim, LGU-Bacnotan, DMMMSU-SRDI, Sericulture Entrepreneurs Association
Signing of Memorandum of Agreement on National Greening Program
Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program (NGP) is anchored on the government’s goal of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation in addition to its efforts for poverty reduction and food security by implementing sustainable reforestation projects that will include among its components, livelihood, environmental protection, education and public health. And the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Memorandum Order No. 3, Series of 2011, Guidelines in the Implementation of the NGP for the Mines Sector in, Section 3, states that: “to attain the 34,000-hectare reforestation target of the Mines Sector within three (3) years, a Mining Contractor Permit can implement its NGP thru Donation of seedlings to other participants of the NGP”.
Holcim as a Mining Contractor Permit Holder, being known for its Sustainable Development (SD) programs focusing on environmental enhancement, protection and biodiversity conservation pursues its intention to participate and support the NGP, and is willing to collaborate with the Sericulture Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) thru donation of mulberry seedlings. As an initial part of the undertaking, a Memorandum of Agreement must be signed by all parties involved.
This NGP of Holcim is a component of a project for the development of Sericulture in Bacnotan, La Union through the establishment of Sericulture model farms for Livelihood Generation and Climate Change Adaptation. This aims to develop fifteen (15) model farms in selected pilot barangays of Bacnotan, La Union, to provide gainful livelihood project and create employment of family members and rural folks, to make Bacnotan, La Union a model town using sericulture as a tool for income generation and climate change adaptation & inclusive growth, and to integrate sericulture research, development and extension.
The MOA signing between Holcim, represented by Engr. Rolando P. Burgos, Vice President for Operations, LGU, Bacnotan, represented by Municipal Mayor Francisco Angelito L Fontanilla, the DMMMSU Sericulture Research and Development Institute, represented by Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula, DMMMSU President, and the Sericulture Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) represented by the President Mr. Antonio Cortez was held on July 31, 2015 at the Municipality of Bacnotan to signify the implementation of the National Greening Program in pursuit of Holcim’s intention to participate and support the said program through donation of mulberry seedlings to the members of the SEA.
SRDI Director Dr. Cristeta F. Gapuz mentioned that “this is another milestone on our shared corporate social responsibility for socio-economic development and environmental sustainability through Sericulture and I am so thankful for the support of President Benjamin Sapitula, Hon. Mayor Francisco Fontanilla, Engr. Rolando Burgos, Engr.de los Angeles, Engr. Melchor Soylon of Holcim, and Pres. Antonio Cortez of the Sericulture Entrepreneurs Association, and fellow SRDI officials and staff.
Sitted from left to right are Honorable Francisco Angelito L. Fontanilla, Municipal Mayor of Bacnotan, La Union; Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula, DMMMSU President; Engr. Rolando P. Burgos, Holcim Vice-President for Operations; and Mr. Antonio T. Cortez, President of the Sericulture Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) signing the Memorandum of Agreement signifying the collaborative efforts of the four organizations in support to the National Greening Program. In the background (L to R), witnessing the MOA signing are Dr. Cristeta F. Gapuz, SRDI Director; Dr. Lilia A. Ancheta; SRDI RDD Division Chief; Engr. Serafin C. de los Angeles, Holcim CSR Officer ( 2nd to the right), Dr. Pura S. Obille, SRDI Planning Officer, and three members of the SEA.