PHILEX MINING WINS 2018 SAFEST MINE AWARD

PHILEX MINING WINS 2018 SAFEST MINE AWARD

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(Baguio, Philippines) – Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest copper and gold producers in Southeast Asia, and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, bagged the 2018 Safest Mine Award, Mineral Exploration – “A” Category, during the awards night and testimonial dinner that highlighted the 65th Annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference at Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The company also won first runner-up in the 2018 Best Mining Forest Award, Mineral Exploration Category, and Metallic Category. Receiving the award for the company are Engr. Roy P. Mangali (2nd from right), Philex AVP and Assistant Resident Manager, Padcal Mine, and Atty. Eduardo M. Aratas (rightmost), Philex Padcal Legal Division Head. 30

PHILEX HONORS RESCUE TEAM

PHILEX HONORS RESCUE TEAM

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(TUBA, BENGUET) – Philex Mining Corporation, one of Southeast Asia’s oldest and largest copper and gold producers, and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, recently honored its rescue team that saw action in search-and-rescue and search-and-retrieval operations at the landslide incident at Brgy. Ucab, Itogon, Benguet brought about by Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut). The devastation resulted in the deaths of at least 60 small-scale miners and their relatives. On hand to honor and recognize the heroism and determination of the rescue team members in simple ceremonies held at its mine camp in Padcal were, starting from 6th left, Mine Division Manager Ric Dolipas, Mill Division Manager Milton Agyao, Philex President and CEO Euls Austin Jr., and Assistant Vice-President and Assistant Resident Manager Roy Mangali. The Philex Rescue Team is led by Engr. Greg Oldangon, fifth from right. 30

PHILEX RESCUERS RECOVER MORE BODIES

PHILEX RESCUERS RECOVER MORE BODIES

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(ITOGON, BENGUET) – Two more bodies have been recovered as of press time by Philex Mining rescuers from beneath the soil and debris of the landslide born from Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) that swept through Northern Luzon last September 15.

This brings to approximately 62 the number of victims recovered so far from Level 070 of Barangay Ucab, Itogon town, Benguet Province.

The Philex rescue team has been working long hours each day in ensuring the speedy recovery of landslide victims believed to be small-scale miners or their relatives.

“Our rescuers are first to arrive at Ground Zero at daybreak and last to leave before or at nightfall,” according to Eduardo Aratas, Legal Division Head at Philex Padcal mine.

“They get to work even before the other rescue teams arrive,” Aratas said.

Earlier, Philex Mining constructed a pioneer access road from the Itogon Provincial Highway to Ground Zero of the incident for the easy and speedy movement of people and equipment involved in the rescue effort.

Asked as to how long the whole rescue operation will take, Aratas said that it depends.

“The estimate here is that it would take around two weeks for the digging to be completed. But the Philex team will continue rescue efforts for as long as it takes.”

The Philex Rescue Team has had a long history of volunteer search-and-rescue and search-and-recovery operations, from the Baguio earthquake in 1990 to the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. 30

PHILEX RESCUERS FIND MORE LANDSLIDE VICTIMS

PHILEX RESCUERS FIND MORE LANDSLIDE VICTIMS

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Philex rescue team members at Ground Zero of the Itogon landslide.

 

(ITOGON, BENGUET) – The work was nevertheless faster, but the results were nonetheless grimmer.

Rescue team members from Philex Mining Corporation recovered seven (7) more bodies as of press time today from beneath the mud and debris of the recent landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon town, Province of Benguet.

This brings to 42 the total number of bodies recovered so far from the landslide that resulted from Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) which wreaked havoc on Northern Luzon a week ago.

“The search-and-recovery operations were indeed faster, now that a pioneer road had been connected to Ground Zero for easier access to rescuers and equipment,” according to Philex President and CEO Eulalio Austin, Jr.

“Still, this did not detract from the grim nature of the work that our rescue team had to do,” Austin said.

The day before, an excavator deployed by Philex from its mine camp in Tuba, Benguet, was able to reach Ground Zero after carving out a roadway from the Itogon Provincial Highway.

The pioneer access road was constructed at the behest of Philex to expedite search-and-rescue and search-and-recovery operations, so that other equipment can be brought in to assist in digging at the landslide area.

It is believed that a majority of the victims were small-scale miners and their families who lived and mined on the hillside that gave way under a week’s worth of torrential rains and winds that were dumped in a matter of hours.

In spite of the warnings given earlier by government agencies concerned on the devastating impact of the coming storm, villagers in the area still remained in their dwellings precariously situated on a hillside.

So far, 26 residents have remained missing.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered a suspension to small-scale mining activities in the Cordilleras, immediately after the landslide. He has likewise ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to enforce this suspension. 30

 

PHILEX A ‘BENCHMARK’ FOR GOV’T REVIEW ON MINERS

PHILEX A ‘BENCHMARK’ FOR GOV’T REVIEW ON MINERS

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  1. (Front row) Bolante, Manzo, and Pamintuan (holding white hard hat) pose for a souvenir photo with the Padcal managers at the Philex Guest House. On the extreme right are Aratas and Mangali

TUBA, Benguet – Having passed with flying colors a previous technical audit done by government on its operations, Philex Mining Corp. is now the “benchmark” for an “objective, fact-finding, and science-based process” of review to be conducted by an interagency tasked to recommend policies to improve the mining sector.

“It’s not going back to the review, but moving forward,” Gabriel Pamintuan, a consultant for the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), said during a visit at Padcal mine, Philex Mining’s gold-and-copper operations in the Benguet towns of Tuba and Itogon.

He expressed this clarification on Sunday, March 4, as part of a five-man team from DAP—a state-run economic development agency tasked by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) to review this year the performance of operating mines—that visited the Padcal mine camp, and to dispel any idea that there is a technical re-audit to be done.

“The review is intended to be an objective, fact-finding, and science-based process to identify interventions that would effectively address existing mining issues and concerns, and to recommend policy measures that will further improve the management and regulation to ensure the development of a more sustainable and responsible mining sector,” Winnie Manzo, project manager at DAP, said in a letter, dated Feb. 19, to Philex Mining AVP and Padcal Asst. Manager Roy Mangali. “The review shall cover the performance [of] mining companies in the technical, legal, social, environment, and economic aspects.”

Manzo, who was with the five-man team, added in her letter, “Philex Mining is not one of the mining companies to be reviewed in this initial batch. However, we would like to visit your mining site as a benchmark for us.”

PHILEX MINING TOPS ASEAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SCORECARD FOR 2017

PHILEX MINING TOPS ASEAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SCORECARD FOR 2017

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(MANILA, PHILIPPINES) – Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, recently garnered top honors under the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) for 2017, making it one of the top Philippine publicly-listed companies (PLCs) overall. On hand to receive the award in ceremonies held at the Tower Club in Makati was Danny Yu (3rd from right), Philex Senior Vice-President for Finance, Chief Finance Officer, and Chief Corporate Governance Officer, together with Atty. Salvador Paolo Panelo Jr. (leftmost), Philex Assistant Corporate Secretary, and members of the Philex Corporate Finance team. The ACGS is an instrument for the assessment and ranking of PLCs in 6 participating ASEAN countries. In the Philippines the assessment of PLCs under the ACGS is conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) as the domestic ranking body (DRB) duly appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Philex Mining garnered a score range of 100 and above, the only mining company to have done so. 30

PHILEX MINING WINS IN 16TH PHILIPPINE QUILL AWARDS

PHILEX MINING WINS IN 16TH PHILIPPINE QUILL AWARDS

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(MANILA, PHILIPPINES) – Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, recently won in the 16th Philippine Quill Awards for its 2016 Sustainability Report entitled “Enriching Resources, Driving Progress”. This is not the first time that the company has won in this annual award set by the International Association for Business Communicators Philippines (IABC Philippines) as recognition for achieving the highest global standard in business communications practices. Receiving the award for Philex at ceremonies held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City were: (L-R) Geraldine Ateo-an, Division Manager for Internal Audit; Roy P. Mangali, Assistant Vice-President and Assistant Resident Manager, Padcal Mine; and Marie Aurora Dolipas, Community Relations Manager, Padcal Mine. 30

BRINGING HOME THE BACON

BRINGING HOME THE BACON

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TUBA, Benguet – BRINGING HOME THE BACON: Joel Ochoco (middle, with eyeglasses, back row), safety surface supervisor at Padcal mine’s Safety/Loss Control Dept., poses for a souvenir photo, on Wednesday, June 20, with Philex Mining Corp.’s delegates, whom he coached, to the Regional Fire Olympics 2018, in the Abra capital of Bangued, where they win three major awards—Fire Extinguishment, Combination of Busted Hose and Up-the-Ladder, and Rescue-and-Transfer Relay—in the Industrial Category. Also in photo are Philex Mining’s Brett Dales Maslang (2nd, R) and Elaine Thea Lumibao (to Maslang’s right), winners of the Mr. & Ms. Regional Fire Olympics 2018, Industrial Category, held Tuesday, June 19, at the Abra Sports Complex (ASC), in Bangued, about 210 kilometers from this town. Last year, Philex Mining’s Jenalyn Rodas (4th, R), a mechanical engineer at the company’s Mill Div., in Padcal, won the Miss National Fire Olympics crown after two nights (March 23 – 24) of a grueling competition held in Metro Manila’s Quezon City. This year’s Philex Mining delegates represented the Industrial Category – Benguet to the three-day CAR Regional Fire Olympics 2018, where they competed against the other teams from Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Apayao. The event was hosted by the BFP-Abra and held at the ASC.

PHILEX 2018 50-HA REFO PROGRAM COSTS P1.6M

PHILEX 2018 50-HA REFO PROGRAM COSTS P1.6M

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A reforested area in Brgy. Ampucao’s Sitio Bagbag

TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. has begun reforesting 50 hectares (ha) of land at the host and neighboring villages of Padcal mine, its gold-and-copper operations in this province, for the year’s environmental-protection program amounting to P1.62 million.

“Protecting the environment in various forms, such as reforestation, has become our habit, not just following what is required of us by the government regulators,” Roy Mangali, AVP at Philex Mining and assistant resident manager of Padcal mine, said.

This year’s reforestation-and-maintenance activity kicked off June 19 at the roadside close to the Bumolo project, in Itogon town’s Brgy. Ampucao, where the company had drilled holes as part of its exploration activities, Leon Mocate, senior forestry coordinator at Padcal’s Environmental Quality Monitoring and Enhancement Dept. (EQMED), said.

The initial areas planted with forest trees, fruit-bearing trees, and tropical plants included the Central Saddle area at the mine camp in Tuba town’s Brgy. Camp 3, as well as the roadside going toward the subsidence area in the same barangay.

Mocate also said that eight personnel from the EQMED as well as 17 contracted workers carried out the initial tree-planting activity, which includes the replanting of 15 percent of the 50-ha areas that had been reforested last year. These workers will soon be joined by Philex Mining officials and other employees for the planting seedlings in other areas.