Consunji-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) has completed the rehabilitation of the Panian open-pit coal mine in Semirara Island in six years, way ahead of the original 10-year plan.
SMPC spent 11.5 million man-hours to fill the 400-hectare pit with over 452 million bank cubic meters (bcm) of earth material, enough to fill 217,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.
“We are mindful of our twin role as stewards and government contractor. What we accomplished in Panian is proof of that,” said SMPC president and COO Maria Cristina C. Gotianun.
The company is developing a science-based plan to reforest and restore the biodiversity in the area.
Panian had a mine life of 16 years and generated P12.7 billion in royalties for the government and SMPC host communities.