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TUBA, Benguet – TOP GRADS: Three Grade VI students of the Philex Mines Elementary School (PMES) awarded with High Honors—Rhainiel Mae Malnag, Ashley Mae Novelozo, Esther Asaph Yaos—pose with their respective parents during a photo-op joined in by Roy Mangali, AVP at Philex Mining Corp. and assistant resident manager of Padcal mine, the company’s gold-and-copper operations in Benguet, and Padcal’s Community Relations Manager Aurora Dolipas, after the school’s “Moving Up Ceremony” for their 2018 graduates, at the PMES grounds at this town’s Brgy. Camp 3, on Wednesday, June 6. A total of 193 students finished their primary studies this year at PMES, which is subsidized by Philex Mining. On Monday, June 4, PMES also held graduation ceremonies for its 163 pupils in kindergarten, while it conducted recognition ceremonies on June 5 for its outstanding pupils from Grades 1 to V.

PHILEX MORE THAN DOUBLES 2017 EPEP SPENDING TO P412M

PHILEX MORE THAN DOUBLES 2017 EPEP SPENDING TO P412M

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TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. has continued exceeding the fulfillment of its obligation to protect the environment, including maintaining the stability of its tailings pond, spending more than double of what was required for its 2017 environmental and enhancement projects.

This means the company had spent P412.37 million for last year’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) for Padcal mine, its gold-and-copper operations in this province, or 11.45 percent of its direct mine and milling costs of P3.6 billion. The total expenditure is 93.7 percent of the allotted 2017 EPEP budget of P440.07 million.  

“We focus more on having safer surroundings and more stable operations-related structures, as we have always done,” Julius Bayogan, the outgoing EQMED manager, said.

He is referring mostly to the stability of Padcal’s Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 (TSF3) and its accompanying structure, the open spillway. Overall, the environmental and enhancement projects under the Annual EPEP (AEPEP) covers the management of land and water resources, hazardous waste, and air quality, as well as the third-party monitoring of mine facilities. 

A comprehensive and strategic environmental-management plan for the life of the mine, the AEPEP requires a miner to spend 3 – 5 percent of its direct mine and milling costs for the same year.

In its 30-page 2017 report on the mine rehabilitation fund committee for Padcal mine, the EQMED said Philex Mining spent P143.96 million to complete the spillway and ensure its integrity to withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

It added that the water-resource management, as indicated in the fourth quarter of its 2017 EPEP report, covers mainly the improvement of the open spillway and the maintenance of the offset dike at its TSF3, in Itogon town’s Sitio Balog, Brgy. Ampucao. 

Among the projects under the land-resource management, on the other hand, include reforestation program, the collection of garbage around the Padcal community and hauling this to a sanitary landfill at the decommissioned and rehabilitated TSF2, in Brgy. Ampucao’s Sitio Bagbag, the deepening of a creek, and the backfilling of a subsidence area.

For its reforestation projects, the company had established 50 hectares more of land area planted with various forest trees and other plant species, such as antso-an dilau, Benguet pine, calliandra, gmelina, Arabica coffee, guava, kupang, narra, jackfruit, avocado, and bougainvillea. The number of previously reforested areas cared for and maintained by the company in 2017, meanwhile, amounted to 100 hectares.

Bayogan said the nursery at Padcal mine produced 227,195 seedlings of various tree species, and began propagating seeds of fruit-bearing trees that had been donated by employees through a groundbreaking program.

He added that while the reforestation projects are done annually during the rainy season starting from June until December, the other programs are carried out year-round.

For air-quality management, which is being monitored regularly by a multisectoral committee, Bayogan said Philex Mining has several sampling stations within the area of its operations and many more of the same in the adjoining areas of Padcal mine, in accordance with the regulations on clean air and water. 

“Exceeding the expectations or what is being required of us is nothing new at Philex Mining,” the company’s AVP and Padcal’s assistant resident manager, Roy Mangali, said. 

In 2016, Padcal mine’s environment-related expenses reached P446 million, or 12 percent of Philex Mining’s direct mine and milling costs of P3.69 billion for the same year. In 2015, the company spent P269 million for its EPEP, or 7 percent of direct mine and milling costs amounting to P3.8 billion. 

Philex Mining donates water analysis machine to Tuba town

Philex Mining donates water analysis machine to Tuba town

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WATER ANALYSIS MACHINE DONATION. Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera (4th from left) and Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Lorigrace Austria (5th from left), receive the water analysis apparatus donated to the town by Philex Mining Corporation through its representative, Mila Salinas (4th from right), Cluster Coordinator of the mining firm’s Community Relations  Department. Tuba Councilors (from left) Jerome Palaoag, Arnulfo Milo, Noel Saguid, Gloria Paus, Jason Balting, and Tita Bugtong were also at the turnover rites at the town’s legislative hall on Tuesday (May 29, 2018). (Photo by Primo Agatep)

TUBA, Benguet — Philex Mining Corp. on Tuesday donated a water analysis equipment worth half a million pesos to Tuba, Benguet to safeguard the health of the residents of this upland town.

In a simple turnover ceremony at the town’s legislative hall, Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera and municipal health officer Dr. Lorigrace Austria led other town officials in accepting the apparatus from Mila Salinas, Cluster Coordinator of Philex Mining’s Community Relations Department.

“We are very thankful to Philex Mines. With this equipment, we will be able to monitor the quality of water in our barangays and ensure a safe drinking water for our constituents,” Rivera said.

“It is a very essential equipment to monitor the quality of water in our municipality and protect the health of our people,” Austria noted. “We know for a fact that water quality changes, especially now with climate change. By conducting regular monitoring, we will be able to come up with measures to prevent the occurrence of acute gastroenteritis or diarrhea.”

Austria said diarrhea is the eighth leading cause of sickness in Tuba.

The health official said her staff would be trained by Philex Mining’s Community Relations Department on how to use the equipment. 
Austria also said her staff would do the initial monitoring of the water quality in the town, the findings of which would be forwarded to the provincial water analysis laboratory at the Benguet General Hospital for confirmation and release of final results. (PNA)

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Philex to spend P109-million for social development projects this year

Philex to spend P109-million for social development projects this year

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TUBA, Benguet—Philex Mining Corp. has allotted a total of P109.32 million for this year’s programs on infrastructure, information dissemination, and research and development, following several community-based consultations and planning workshops conducted in the outlying communities of its Padcal mine, in this province.

Noting that the company “believes that the community knows what is best for them,” Padcal mine’s Community Relations Department said a team composed of representatives from Philex Mining as well as from the local government units municipal and barangay had conducted site assessments and technical evaluation of the proposed community projects.

“The results of the site assessments and technical evaluation were then presented to the local government units resulting in the proper prioritization of proposed projects per area,” Philex ComRel said in a 95-page report, entitled “2018 Annual Social Development and Management Program,” submitted to the regional MGB, or Mines and Geosciences Bureau, in Baguio City.

The total allocation of P109,317,925.29, as mandated by the MGB, a government agency that regulates the mining industry and operates under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is 1.5 percent of the company’s 2017 total operating costs of P7,287,861,686. 

ComRel said the allocated amount is broken down into P81.75 million for Social Development and Management Program, P16.35 million for the Information, Education and Communications campaign, and P10.9 million for the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences; and P315,281 for the company’s Poro Point Installation, in San Fernando, La Union.

The budget set aside for Poro Point, situated on the coastal village of Poro and where Philex Mining ships its copper concentrate from to a refinery abroad for further processing, includes all its SDMP, which involves community development through public infrastructure, IEC, and DMTG, composed of R&D, workshops, training, and scholarships for industry professionals.

During formal ceremonies held at Padcal mine’s Smith Hall, in Tuba town’s Sitio Padcal, Brgy. Camp 3, on Wednesday, April 18, Philex Mining signed an agreement with each of its five outlying communities, both host and neighboring, on the projects and programs involving SDMP, IEC, and DMTG to be implemented this year.

“That both parties shall see to it that all PPAs [programs, projects and activities] provided in the approved 2018 ASDMP of PHILEX shall be religiously implemented,” the two-page MOA said among its other provisions.

Philex Mining and its host villages of Camp 3, in Tuba, and Ampucao, in Itogon; and its neighboring villages of Camp 1 and Ansagan (both in Tuba), and Dalupirip (Itogon) also agreed that they jointly conduct regular monitoring of the implemented projects as well as compile the corresponding reports required by the MGB-DENR.

April 18 also marked the turn-over of P56 million worth of infrastructure projects ranging from concrete road and retaining wall to school-ground shed and health-care facilities to the irrigation system and potable water installation to the outlying communities.

ComRel has said that P51,745,339.63 of the total P55,596,589.76 projects covered those that were carried out through its SDMP carried out in areas where a miner has ongoing operations while P3,851,250.13 involved projects under the CDP, which covers areas undergoing exploration.

-Dexter A. See

PHILEX TURNS OVER P56-M INFRA PROJECTS TO OUTLYING COMMUNITIES

PHILEX TURNS OVER P56-M INFRA PROJECTS TO OUTLYING COMMUNITIES

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TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. has turned over about P56 million worth of infrastructure projects—ranging from concrete road and retaining wall to school-ground shed and health-care facilities to irrigation system and potable water installation—to the five outlying communities of its Padcal mine in this province.

Padcal mine’s Community Relations (ComRel) Dept., which had implemented the projects, said that P51,745,339.63 of the total P55,596,589.76 projects covered those that were carried out through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) while P3,851,250.13 involved projects under the CDP, or Community Development Program.

These projects form part of the 2017 SDMP budget as well as the unspent funds carried over from the previous three years, according to the company’s AVP and assistant resident manager of Padcal mine, Roy Mangali. “The company is steadfast in its commitment to improve not only the welfare of its employees, but also of its outlying communities,” he said.

The company held formal ceremonies on Wednesday, April 18, at Padcal mine’s Smith Hall, to mark the turn-over, along with the signing of an MOA, or memorandum of agreement, between

Philex Mining and each of the five outlying communities on the infrastructure projects to be implemented this year.

The two-page MOA provides, among other things, “[t]hat both parties shall see to it that all PPAs [programs/projects/activities] provided in the approved 2018 ASDMP [Annual SDMP] of PHILEX shall be religiously implemented.”

Philex Mining and its host villages of Camp 3, in Tuba, and Ampucao, in Itogon; and its neighboring villages of Camp 1 and Ansagan (both in Tuba), and Dalupirip (Itogon)— collectively called outlying communities—also agreed that they jointly conduct regular monitoring of the implemented projects as well as compile the corresponding reports required by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

A government agency that regulates the mining industry and operates under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the MGB also approves and monitors the carrying out of SDMP, which is being implemented in areas where a miner operates has ongoing operations, as well as the CDP (covering areas undergoing exploration) projects.

In its report submitted to the MGB-Cordillera Administrative Region, in Baguio City, the ComRel said the SDMP projects turned over to Brgy. Camp 3 and Brgy. Ampucao amounted to P20.94 million and P22.77 million, respectively, while Brgy. Camp 1 got P2.78 million, Brgy. Ansagan had P2.45 million and, Brgy. Dalupirip, P2.8 million.

“Thank you, Philex Mining, for having supported our barangay through the implementation of various infrastructure projects,” Cipriano Balinag, chairman of Brgy. Camp 1, said in a speech during the turn-over ceremonies.

This was echoed by the chairman of Brgy. Ansagan, Leopoldo Palabay, who also thanked Philex Mining for the other assistance it has extended to the outlying communities, including free health-care services, scholarship grants, and livelihood projects.

Besides the SDMP, Philex Mining also carries out the Information, Education and Communications (IEC) campaign, where it engages the media on the benefits derived from the mining industry, and the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG), through which it funds training for and research and development as well as further studies being pursued by professionals to further improve the industry.

The MGB-DENR requires a miner to allot 1.5 percent of its operating costs incurred in the previous year for the current year’s SDMP, IEC, and DMTG projects. The total share is divided into 75 percent for SDMP, 15 percent (IEC), and 10 percent (DMTG).

 

PHILEX WINS ANVIL AWARDS AGAIN

PHILEX WINS ANVIL AWARDS AGAIN

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(MANILA, PHILIPPINES) – Philex Mining Corporation, the oldest and largest gold and copper producer in Southeast Asia and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, recently garnered outstanding recognition in the 53rd Anvil Awards, an annual award given for excellence in public relations. The mining company won the Silver Award for their 2016 Annual Report, 2016 Sustainability Report, and 60th Anniversary Corporate AVP. In previous years, Philex had also won awards in the same fields. 30

SDMP 2018 Signing

SDMP 2018 Signing

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TUBA, BENGUET – Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia and a leader in right and principled mining, recently turned over P55.59-M worth of infrastructure projects to this town’s Barangay Camp 3 and four other outlying communities. Officers of the company’s Padcal mine, led by Engr. Roy Mangali, Assistant Vice-President and Assistant Resident Manager, turned over the projects to local government officials led by Tuba councilors Jerome Palaoag (2nd, right) and Tita Bugtong (center). These projects form part of the company’s 2017 budget as well as carried-over unspent funds for social and community development. As a partner in nation-building, Philex Mining is committed to assist government in poverty reduction and socio-economic development in the countryside. 30

Philex school beneficiary wins multi-grade award

Philex school beneficiary wins multi-grade award

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TUBA, Benguet – A beneficiary of Philex Mining Corp., it used to be an unknown primary school in a remote village amid a mountainous area. Under the supervision of a cluster principal, four teachers attend to more than 70 pupils from kindergarten to Grade VI in the school’s multigrade classrooms. Do not be deceived by its smallness, however, as the Ligay Elementary School (LES), in this town’s Sitio Ligay, Brgy. Camp 1, is the Department of Education’s 2017 awardee for the Best Multigrade School, in all of Benguet.

“Being in a remote area has made me more resolute in devising innovative ways and fresh instruction materials to teach the pupils critical thinking and how to be more creative,” says Remy Dum-ao, who looks after the LES on top of her duties as principal of the Tagadi Housing Elementary School, also in Tuba. “Having almost nothing of the resources enjoyed by more privileged schools has not deterred me from doing better.”

On Saturday, March 10, Dum-ao gave a Philex Mining media-affairs team a tour of the school, including an organic-vegetable garden and some areas in classrooms which she had converted into “corners of learning.” These “corners,” she says, are where “our pupils spend their leisure or free time to engage in educational games or play with one another using classroom materials which they themselves helped create under the supervision of their teachers.”

CULTURAL ACTIVITY

The day also marked the school’s annual cultural activity dubbed “Awarding and Festival of Talents,” where pupils engaged in a number of contests, such as singing, dancing, smartphone photography, poster-making, and modeling their own creation of avant-garde outfits fashioned from indigenous, recyclable, and biodegradable materials found around them. “There is nothing big about this, of course, save for the kids developing their creative skills and having the confidence to face the audience and talk before a bigger crowd,” stresses Dum-ao, who has since been invited to speak in many educational forums and workshops on how she has managed to keep LES in top form, in spite of being small and not having enough resources.

“I always tell the teachers and those who care to know that being small or having nothing should make one more creative, not desperate,” she says, beaming, and informing her visitors that LES bested all the other contenders from the province’s 13 other districts. “There’s always a way of doing things. Besides, we get some help as well for some infrastructure from our benefactor, Philex Mining.” (A district is composed of between 20 and more than 40 elementary schools, although not all of them are multigrade.)

‘SMALL IS BIG’

The manager of Legal Div., Eduardo Aratas, at the company’s gold-and-copper operations in Padcal, Benguet, says in an interview in his office that Philex Mining is delighted that the LES has been doing fine, echoing Dum-ao’s principle by noting that “small” can, indeed, mean “big.” He adds, “This is great news not only for the LES and its teachers, but also for us, as the school is part of our outlying communities.”

He also expresses belief that educational assistance is one of the best gifts a company could give to its stakeholders. Philex Mining had for 2017 set aside P14.4 million for its scholarship grants to college, high-school, and elementary students, as well as for those in the technical/vocational (TechVoc) courses. In 2016, it allotted P11.8 million for its 114 full college and 24 TechVoc scholars; 374 students in elementary and high school who received educational subsidies; and 130 secondary students who were given education assistance (monthly monetary allowance).

Padcal mine’s Community Relations Dept., meanwhile, has implemented a number of infrastructure projects in Brgy. Camp 1, including the LES, which, together with Tuba’s Brgy. Ansagan and Itogon’s Brgy. Dalupirip, form part of the miner’s neighboring villages. The host villages are Brgy. Camp 3, in Tuba, and Brgy. Ampucao, in Itogon. “It is us who concreted the road leading to the school’s main entrance via our SDMP, or Social Development and Management Program,” says Mila Molintas, ComRel coordinator for Information, Education, and Communications (IEC) campaign and for Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG).

FIRST-CLASS TOWNS

Tuba and Itogon have become two of the four first-class municipalities in Benguet, owing to the “significant economic impact” of Padcal operations, the company has said in previous statements. The nine other towns in this province listed under third, fourth, and fifth economic classes are all into agriculture, while three of the four first-class municipalities are predominantly mining communities. The company paid for this year a total of almost P15 million in LBTs, or local business taxes, to the municipalities of Tuba and Itogon, which host Padcal mine.

ORGANIC GARDEN

Saying that an innovative and more effective learning is not just confined in the four corners of a classroom, Dum-ao is proud of the school’s organic-vegetable garden blooming with many kinds of lettuce and herbs, as well as fruits like cherry tomatoes. She reveals that pupils are sometimes sent by their teachers to this garden to do some reading or creative arts, such as painting, or answer the questions hung by the trees or the fence.

“It sounds fun, isn’t it?” she says, giggling. “This is some kind of a play-and-learn area for our pupils and also for us teachers. Studying, when it is done via innovative learning, isn’t boring; it’s fun.”