Capitol eyes ‘disciplinary action’ vs. Sumifru

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/19 December)–The Provincial Government’s Multi-partite Monitoring Team has endorsed a copy of its report of violations of the environmental compliance certificate of Sumifru (Philippines) Corporation in its plantations in Bukidnon to Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. for possible disciplinary action.

Board member Alfeo Baguio, chair of the board’s committee on environmental protection and climate change, sponsored the resolution endorsing the report to Zubiri. Baguio also heads the MMT as chair of the committee.

The report cited 11 violations by the firm in four plantation areas. Baguio told the provincial board Zubiri asked for the copy of the report as he eyed disciplinary action against the firm.

Baguio cited that the firm did not show up in at least two meetings called by the governor among multinational companies operating in the province to buffer environmental impact of their operations.

According to the report, the MMT monitored on April 4, 2013, the following violations in the firm’s pineapple plantation in Cabanglasan town: “non-compliance of the 30-meter buffer zone in built up areas”, “tree planting as bank protection for water bodies is not mentioned/presented in the report”, “no projects signboard installed”, “no report on IEC (information, education campaign)”, and “no business permit”.

The MMT also cited three violations of their monitoring of the Valencia City pineapple plantation on April 5, 2013 namely; “no projects signboards installed”, “no report on IEC activities”, “No discharge permit.”

They also cited two violations in their monitoring the banana plantations in Magsaysay, Malaybalay City such as “no projects signboards installed” and “no report on IEC activities.” The monitoring was conducted on May 10.

“No proof on IEC activities” was also cited as violation in the monitoring of the banana plantation in Pangantucan town on October 11.

Jonathan Rizalda, identified by the MMT as the environment management officer of the firm in the province, denied receiving a copy of the MMT report.

“If we talk about compliance to ECC, we complied with all conditions,” he added in an SMS to to this reporter early Thursday evening.

He cited that the matter might be dealt with their main office. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)