Berong Nickel Corp. (BNC) has earmarked P110 million to decommission and rehabilitate its 15-year old mine in Quezon, Palawan.
The rehabilitation of the Berong mine, which is expected to be fully depleted by the end of the year, will involve the stabilization of the mined out area throug benching, drainage construction and planting of endemic and indigenous trees.
To be conducted over a six-year period, the Berong rehabilitation program covers 109 hectares of surface mine, 209 hectares of silt control structures and 25 hectares of stockpile area.
The Berong mine is operated by the Consunji family.
“Our end goal is to restore and enhance the mined land so its economic and ecological value is similar to, if not better than, when we started operations in the area,” said DMCI Mining president Tulsi Das C. Reyes.
After rehabilitation, the disturbed areas could be used for eco-tourism, agro-forestry and inland fish farming by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units and host communities.
Aside from generating 1,634 direct and indirect jobs, the mining operations yielded 10.3 million wet metric tons of nickel ore and P2.6 billion worth of mining duties, royalties and taxes.