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OGPI Environment Manager bags PCO award

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Engr. Jason Magdaong, OceanaGold environment manager bested other Pollution Control Officers (PCO) in the country for being awarded the General Guillermo Pecache Award as the top PCO for his leadership in the implementation of the mining firm’s Environmental Management System.

The said Environmental Management System aims to exceed compliance requirements by adopting the most innovative and sustainable practices.

Magdaong had garnered the highest points among PCO contenders from various industries throughout the country.

Magdaong’s implementation of Environmental Management System in the Didipio Mine and its adjacent communities which includes the construction and commissioning of rehabilitation of land area within the Financial of Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) area.

Further, the mining firm is actively participating in the National Greening Program of the government that aims to have a massive reforestation program throughout the country.

OceanaGold is also operating its water treatment plant to improve the water balance in the community.

The award is given to those who embody execellence in environmental stewardship.  It was awarded during the 36th National Annual Convention and General Assesmbly of Pollution Control Association of the Philippines Inc. (PCAPI) where over 200 participating companies attended the said event.

PCAPI is a non-profit and non-government organization to work hand in hand with the government in the protection of the environment.

The award was in honour of then National Pollution Control Commission Commissioner Pecache.

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OceanaGold honoured at 8th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016

By: Lyndee Basilio

Australian Mining Firm based in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, OceanaGold Philippines Inc., was awarded for having ‘Best Workplace Practices’ at the 8th Annual Global CSR Summit and Awards 2016 at Laguna Bali Report, Indonesia.

The Global CSR Awards 2016 started eight years ago with the aim of creating a Global Standard Event to raise the awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as to have a prestigious awards recognition event to recognize companies that have exemplary, innovative, and world class products, services and programs being implemented. It is one of the most prestigious awards program for CSR in Asia.

The Global CSR Awards gives honors to outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations in CSR.

The seven main award categories namely: Best Community Program Award, Best Environmental Excellence Award, Excellence in Provision of Literacy & Education Award, Empowerment of Women Award, Best Workplace of Women Award, Best Workplace Practices Award, and Product Excellence Award.

OceanaGold bagged for ‘Best Workplace Practices’ for 2016 and likewise received Empowerment for Women Award last 2013.

Out of 200 entries from leading corporations all over the world, a final selection of 42 companies was awarded top honours in the seven main award categories for the Global CSR Awards.

Companies must demonstrate leadership, sincerity and ongoing commitments in incorporating ethical values, compliance with legal requirements, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment in the way they do business.

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PNoy pushes for responsible mining

By: Bernabe Almirol

Malacañang Palace, MANILA – President Benigno Aquino Jr. summoned OceanaGold Philippines Inc., SR Metals, Silangan Mindanao Mining, RioTuba Nickel Mining, and Coral Bay Nickel to personally hand over the Presidential Mineral Industry Award to honor 2015’s “responsible mining companies”.

Earlier in November last year, the said mining companies who demonstrated outstanding performance in mine safety, health, environment and community development were honored during the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference held at Camp John Hay in Baguio City.

“We cannot simply ignore the value of mining that is done responsibly, under fair and effective government regulation. The Philippines, after all, is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world, and I believe it to be government’s responsibility to pave pathways through which our countrymen can benefit from our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason for our gathering: Because as we have pursued a cleaner, safer mining landscape, the companies honored today have worked with us, helping usher in the next progressive era in your industry.” Pres. Aquino said in his speech.

Aquino cited the contribution of mining companies in the realisation of the target to plant 1.5-billion seedlings in 1.5-million hectares around the country. “Our honorable Sec. Mon Paje tells me that we are on track to reach this goal by this year,”  the President declared.

The President also announced that the government has completed the country’s mineral industry development map. Some agriculture and tourism areas were considered “No GO” zones.

In closing, President Aquino encouraged the mining industry to continue and improve their “good work and fruitful engagement with host communities and the government.”

“Together, the Filipino people have already achieved so much in the past five years and seven months, and with partners like you, I am confident that, even as I step down from office, our nation will choose to tread the Straight Path, and give rise to a future where the Philippines can continue to stand tall, and reach heights never before seen,” he said.

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FCF revitalizes POs’ livelihood activities

After developing a strategy called Community-Driven Sustainable Livelihood Development Program, the Livelihood team of the Community and Social Development Department (CSDD) jump-starts its plan through the conduct of livelihood suitability and training needs assessments (TNA) to 13 of the 15 organized People’s Organizations (POs) or community-based associations in Barangay Runruno last November 2015.

According to Mr. Marcelo Samaco, Livelihood Coordinator, the suitability assessment is aimed to revitalize and re-direct the livelihood activities of the associations based on their capacity to implement area availability in conformity with existing laws/ordinances, and; accessibility/availability of inputs and materials.

Results of assessment showed that there are certain gaps identified in terms of technical, product development and marketing aspects that needs to be addressed, including project management skills that have to be put in place as part of the revitalization of the livelihood programs being implemented. 

The immediate goal of the Livelihood Program is to provide the support for capital assistance in order to establish regular supply in the market and outlets.

For beneficiaries living within the centers of population convergence, micro-enterprises  like sari-sari store, vending  of dry goods and agricultural products, and eateries or restaurants are among the viable livelihood options than can be considered.

The Training Needs Analysis, on the other hand revealed a need to identify the level of technical, social and management know-how and capacities of the beneficiaries so that the appropriate training programs will be packaged for concerned beneficiaries.

Trainings will be conducted in sequential bases which can be started right after identifying the communal and individual livelihoods projects that will be implemented in 2016.

Priority training programs on livelihood and business management are now being conceptualized to be followed by technical trainings based on the kind of  livelihood projects  that the beneficiaries will have decided on.

There is also a need to conduct refresher trainings on the technical aspect of  agri-based projects,  skills training for skills-based livelihood such as dress making,  meat processing and camote chips production.

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Organizational capacity building particularly on Value Orientation, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership, Organizational Management, etc. will be conducted while implementing the projects.

Mr. Samaco observed that the beneficiaries have the eagerness to learn and embrace the revitalization of the livelihood programs that should result to the sustainability of the projects in the longest-term possible until they are able to govern their own affairs in a manner that should be advantageous to the greater majority of the stakeholders. 

Among the plans identified by Mr. Samaco are the following: Implement Communal and Individual livelihood/business enterprises; Strengthening the community organizations; Linkaging with various markets; Develop value addition on products, and; Accreditation with concerned government agencies to ensure sustainability and ownership of the livelihoods programs through the community associations.

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UP at DOST: Magtatayo ng Modernong Planta para sa Itogon Small Scale Miners

By: Bernabe Almirol

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 Isang malaking hakbang sa pag-unlad ng teknolohiya ang sinimulan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP) at Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya (DOST) sa mga organisadong hanay ng maliliit na minero sa Benguet. Gamit ang natutunan sa isang pagsasaliksik ng mga mag-aaral ng UP sa planta ng OceanaGold sa minahan ng Didipio noong mga nagdaang taon, nagawa nilang idisenyo ang isang planta upang iproseso ang ginto at tanso na hindi gagamit ng nakakalasong mercury o cyanide.

 Ayon sa Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research Development (PCIERD), kasalukuyan na ang field testing ng “Integrated Gold-Copper Mineral Processing Plant” na itatayo sa Sitio Besil ngBrgy. Gumatdang, ang pinaka-gitnang bahagi ng small-scale mining operations sa bayan ng Itogon.

“Ang proyektong ito ay naglalayong solusyunan ang matagal nang problema sa paggamit ng nakakalasong cyanide at mercury sa pagproseso ng ginto at tanso,” pahayag ni Engr. Noel Imbisan ng DOST.

Napag-alaman din na ito ang unang proyekto sa bansa na naglalayong itaas ang antas ng teknolohiya sa hanay ng mga maliliit na minero sa mga minahang bayan.

"Sa pamamagitan ng bagong teknolohiyang ito na pinaunlad ng UP Diliman, mapapaunlad ng mga small-scale miners ang pagrekober ng ginto ng 80-90% at mapapangalagaan din ang kapaligiran ng mga minahan,” dagdag ni Engr. Imbisan.

Ang proyektong ito ay isang malaking “tagumpay ng responsableng pagmimina”. Nagkakahalaga ang plantang ito ng P25 milyong piso at inaasahang magsisimula ang operasyon sa ikalawang hati ng 2016.

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