BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) underscored that the designated PMSEA Park within a 5,000-square meter portion of the Botanical Garden showcases the best practices of various mining companies on environmental preservation and protection that helps the good state of the environment in their respective tenement areas.
PMSEA president Louie Sarmiento pointed out that Baguio City is PMSEA’s second home, starting with the former Baguio Mine Operators Safety Association way back in the early 1950s that is why the group wants to contribute in the city’s efforts to preserve and protect the environment.
He said that the organization remains committed in maintaining and adding value to the PMSEA Park to help in providing an added attraction for visitors to the Botanical Garden aside from maintaining the adopted Norfolk tree at the foot of Session road.
Last week, the PMSEA, a volunteer organization that is the frontrunner in occupational health and safety, sound environmental management and social development, and the local government renewed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the organization to continue maintaining and improving the designated PMSEA Park for another 3 years.
The group planted more than 150 endemic flora and fauna within the adopted portion of the Botanical Garden which is now one of the most frequented places within this tourist destination.
PMSEA started adopting the designated portion of the Botanical Garden way back in 2010 for the organization to have a significant contribution to the city’s progress and its efforts to preserve and protect the environment.
The initial term of the agreement was 5 years prior to its renewal in 2017 for another 5 years that paved the way for the plants to grow and have a significant contribution to the current state of the Botanical Garden.
PMSEA’s Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference is periodically being conducted in the city where mining industry stakeholders gather to discuss various issues and concerns of the mining industry.
Sarmiento assured that the PMSEA remains committed to contribute in whatever way to help in the efforts of concerned government agencies and the local government to further enhance the state of the city’s environment.
Under the renewed agreement, the previous 5,000-square meter PMSEA Park was expanded by another 2,500 square meters to allow the association to grow more endemic plants and trees that will contribute in further improving the scenery in the area.