Stakeholder engagement plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of the Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Incorporated (PQMI) in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan as the tree-planting and rehabilitation efforts continue in the abandoned mercury mine site.

Around 100 volunteers from partner agencies, operating mines in Palawan, and the surrounding barangays of Sta. Lourdes and Tagburos in Puerto Princesa City gathered to plant 150 trees around the PQMI Project Site on June 28.

This continuing activity is in line with the target to plant one million trees within the two barangays in connection with the rehabilitation project, and the proposal of the City Government of Puerto Princesa to plant endemic Balayong trees around the project site.

An Information, Education, and Communication activity ensued where partner agencies and other stakeholders tackled the issues and updates concerning efforts to rehabilitate PQMI, and the programs and activities of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in observance of the Philippine Environment Month.

Volunteers from Brgy. Sta. Lourdes participate in the tree-planting activity at the PQMI project site.

The MGB MIMAROPA Region aims to conduct quarterly tree-planting and IEC activities in support of the said target, with more participants expected to take part in related events in the coming months.

Engr. Alvin Requimin, PQMI project manager, provides updates on the rehabilitation efforts.