Hayanggabon unveils new MRF, ecopark

Near the coastal area of Barangay Hayanggabon adjacent to the national highway going to Davao and Surigao del Sur, there was a forest-turned area that provides perfect shade for the hot rays of the sun.

A place everyone looks for when they need to relax, to recreate and feel the essence of a cold breeze of nature.

One such place is barangay Hayanggabon’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Ecotourism Park in Claver.

The project area stands on a 10-hectare land donated by Taganito Mining Corporation from its Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA).

“Who would’ve thought that in the middle of a mining-ravaged community you’d find this oasis– an eco-park that looks like Baguio and feels like Tagaytay– a pleasant resting place to fight off the searing heat, add to that, a material recycling facility,” Jobert Navallo, a newscaster from barangay Hayanggabon said.

The Hayanggabon’s newest favorite destination was turned-over to the community and the barangay local government unit (LGU) of Hayanggabon headed by Barangay Captain Rito I. Placencia last May 28.

The occasion was graced by members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) headed by Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Engr. Alilo C. Ensomo, municipal local government unit members of Claver with Sangguniang Bayan members Georgia Gokiangkee and Tresa P. Placencia.

As well as TMC Community Relations manager Ronald C. Asignacion, Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation Plant Manager Munekazu Kawata and Administration Manager Yohei Iwaki together with different contractors namely Metaphil, VSLC, and SMCC.

Kicking-off the program, a demonstration of the pulverizer and grinder of the MRF was conducted to the public to promote consciousness on the importance of waste segregation.

The ribbon cutting ceremony then took place followed by the blessing of the facilities and buildings by Msgr. Terry Iral.

In the short program that followed, barangay consultant Antonieto M. Charchos presented the goals and objective as well as the history and preparations for the project.

For his part, Ensomo expressed his gratitude to TMC for donating a piece of land for the project.

“The completion and turn-over of this project to the local community denotes the commitment of a mining company or a mineral processing plant to protect the environment,” he said.

Acknowledging the importance of such project, Ensomo said “mining is indeed a pro-people and pro-environment” endeavor.”

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