The Holcim Philippines-Davao Plant in Davao City recently submitted its 2015 Annual Environment Protection Enhancement Program (AEPEP). This document is a yearly requirement to monitor the company’s compliance to environmental protection provisions stated in RA 7942, otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995.
An Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) refers to a yearly environmental management work plan based on the approved environmental protection and enhancement strategy. For this year, total operating expenses for EPEP amounts to Php3.2 million.
Among the control strategies stated in the company’s AEPEP include, among others, progressive rehabilitation, where mined out areas are rehabilitated and restored to original state and irregular contours are smoothened and covered with topsoil to enable growth of trees and other vegetation during reforestation.
Other environmental activities being regularly conducted include: siltation control, installation of siltation pond, desilting of siltation pond, maintenance of discharge filters, flood control, inspection of drainage systems, maintenance of quarry roads/dedusting and pollution control (e.g. Ambient Air Monitoring, water sampling, noise monitoring, rain gauge monitoring and oil trap maintenance).
EPEPs are required in the following mining permits: Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA) and Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) . RA 7942 states that environmental impact control and rehabilitation activities proposed during the remaining life-of-mine period shall include also costings to ensure sufficient financial resources to meet the environmental and rehabilitation commitments. Hence, such financial requirements of the EPEP shall be the basis for the pledging of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund.