Philex Mining hoping to extend Padcal mine life span beyond 2022

Philex Mining hoping to extend Padcal mine life span beyond 2022

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PHILEX Mining Corp. is focusing on efforts to extend its Padcal gold-copper operation beyond 2022, while the firm considers the possibility of underground mining at its Silangan project.

During the annual stockholders’ meeting on Wednesday in Pasig City, Philex President and CEO Eulalio B. Austin, Jr. said upstream expansion will allow the company to mine lower-grade ore from Padcal as its operations have been held back by the depletion of higher grade gold ores.

Padcal’s initial mine life was only up to 2014, and is now expected to end by 2022.

“With the challenges of opening a new mine (Silangan), we are going into upstream expansion by mining lower grade ore and deeper deposits which is now the trend in the mining industry, both in local and abroad,” Mr. Austin said. “This will allow us to sustain our operations. So that we can mine as much low grade ore.”

The company is also exploring other areas near Padcal mine for mineral deposits, while looking for areas to expand the tailing storage facilities which are nearing capacity. These facilities are used to store waste generated from mining activities.

Meanwhile, Philex Mining is looking to go into underground mining at its Silangan project, after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued Department Administrative Order 2017-10 banning open pit mining.

Open pit mining is the usual method used for extracting gold and copper minerals.

Despite delays in the government approval for the Silangan project, Philex Mining Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said the company hopes to start operations “probably second quarter of next year,” depending on the situation.

“We have asked our independent consultants, one of the leading Australian technical mining consultants to look at the underground mining for Silangan,” he added.

The results of the feasibility study is expected to be released by September.

“But the initial numbers we’ve seen so far indicate that the underground mine will not translate to any significant increase in the overall project cost,” Mr. Pangilinan said. “So at this stage, of course it’s difficult to predict if it’s still feasible but the indications [show that] it could be.”

According to the consultant, the initial estimated cost for underground mining at Silangan is at $750 million, which is more expensive than the project cost for open pit mining estimated at about $700 million.

“That’s a very tentative estimate that we were given. So let’s wait until the end of September by which then the numbers would be more or less by fixed,” Mr. Pangilinan said.

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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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Mike Toledo joins The STAR

Mike Toledo joins The STAR

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Former press secretary and presidential spokesman Michael Toledo joins The Philippine STAR as a regular columnist with his column, Mike About Town, appearing every other Tuesday starting today.

A lawyer by profession, Toledo is also the managing head of the MVP Group of Companies Media Bureau, senior vice president for public and regulatory affairs of Philex Mining Corp. and chief operating officer of Silangan Mindanao Mining Co. Inc.

Prior to his engagement with the MVP Group of Companies, Toledo was president and CEO of the

largest and leading fullservice public relations firm with offices in every major business and government capital.

Toledo finished his law degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and his Master of Law in Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science through a Chevening Scholarship grant from the British government. He was also accepted at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

After finishing law and while waiting for the Bar exam results, Toledo was already taken in by the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices or ACCRALAW where he then went on to pursue a career as a corporate, litigation, labor, intellectual property and criminal lawyer – even lawyering, in some high-profile cases, for The STAR.

Toledo currently sits as vice chairman of the board of trustees of The Children’s Hour Foundation Inc.; chairman of the Chevening Alumni Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.; member of the executive council and chairman of the standing committee on legal information of the ASEAN Law Association of the Philippines; former chairman of the committee on public relations and publicity and co-chair of the committee on business law reforms of the Philippine Bar Association; chairman of the sub-committee on natural resources development and member of the national issues committee and women empowerment committee of the Management Association of the Philippines; and member of the board of trustees of the UP College of Law Alumni Foundation.

He was named 2014 CEO (Communication Excellence in Organizations) Excel Awardee by the International Association of Business Communicators and was awarded Men of Extraordinary Influence by the Philippine Cancer Society Inc.

Toledo sat on the board – as director and/or legal and financial consultant – of various government-owned and -controlled corporations, such as the Government Service Insurance System, Manila International Airport Authority, National Food Authority, Philippine Aviation Security Services Corp., Food Terminal, Inc., Department of Transportation and Communications and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority. He was also chairman of the board of Pantranco North Express.

Currently, Toledo also sits as a director in the board of a number of corporations.

Toledo worked in the Senate as head of the education and the health committees, both chaired by then senator Edgardo Angara. He also represented the senator in various committees, such as on energy and on finance. He was involved in a number of local and national political campaigns and served under the administration of three presidents (Corazon Aquino, Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada). Toledo was the campaign spokesman and campaign media bureau head of then defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro in the 2010 presidential elections.

Toledo is also a print journalist and a media personality. He once wrote for The Manila Standard and Metro magazine. He was news anchor for ABC5’s The Big News, and hosted one of the country’s top business shows, Business Today, on GMA-7. He also hosted and moderated a number of presidential debates, the most recent of which was for the 2016 presidential and vice presidential forum hosted by Go Negosyo, PLDT, TV-5 and Bloomberg TV Philippines.

He was a resource speaker in a business talk show on the ANC Channel together with the country’s premier business organization, Management Association of the Philippines. He also provided free legal counsel on “Iyo ang Katarungan (Justice Is Yours), ” a weekly legal public service TV program that had received a special award for community service. Toledo also received the “Impact Award” for his contribution to the public through the same TV program.

Together with the country’s top businessmen, Toledo was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). He also is the Charge de Presse Nacional of Chaine des Rotisseurs. He is a member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc., Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Rotary Club of Makati.

Toledo was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the British government and the British Alumni Association.

He was an official guest of the German government under The Goethe Institute Program, where he met top political, business and media leaders in Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart.

He was appointed a member of the UP College of Law Centennial Commission as exemplar for Batches 1980 to 1989.

He recently accepted membership into the MultiSectoral Governance Council of the Philippine Air Force Flight Plan 2028 and was also re-elected as member of the board of governors of the Manila Overseas Press Club, for which he also serves as spokesman.

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Philex profit buoyed by higher prices

Philex profit buoyed by higher prices

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core net income of P1.69 billion last year, two percent higher than the P1.66 billion earned in 2016, while reported net income rose six percent to P1.66 billion from P1.57 billion.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Philex said 2017 metal output was affected by boulder ore, lower ore grades and other production-related issues as tonnage dropped to 8.67 million tons from 9.36 million tons.

The ore grades were at 0.377 grams per ton from 0.417 g/t in 2016 for gold and 0.192 percent from 0.206 percent for copper.

Gold output for 2017 reached 84,638 ounces from 103,304 ounces in 2016 while 2017 copper output totaled 30.1 million pounds from 35.0 million pounds in the previous year.

While overall output was lower for the year, the last four months of 2017 showed a 15 percent improvement in tonnage compared with the average in the first eight months due to engineering interventions and additional manpower. These measures partially addressed the issues that affected production from January-August, 2017.

Despite lower metal output, 2017 gold revenue amounted to P5.43 billion (from P6.21 billion) as prices improved to $1,273 per ounce from $1,254 per ounce in 2016.

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Philex posts 6% profit growth to P1.66B

Philex posts 6% profit growth to P1.66B

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Despite a lower output, Philex Mining Corp. posted a 6-percent increase in net income to P1.66 billion last year from P1.57 billion a year ago due to higher metal prices.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock

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Exchange, Philex said volume of mining operations reached 8.76 million tons, down 7.3 percent from 9.36 million tons in 2016. Gold output for 2017 reached 84,638 ounces while copper output totaled 30.1 million pounds. Ore grades were also lower during the period.

Nonetheless, Philex’s gold revenue amounted to P5.43 billion as prices improved to $1,273 an ounce from $1,254 a year ago. Copper sales reached P4.48 billion as prices also increased to $2.96 a pound from $2.35. Silver generated P77.2 million from P86.5 million in 2016.

Operating revenues fell to P9.98 billion from P10.27 billion. However, a 16-percent reduction in expenses to P1.71 billion contributed to the company’s revenue growth.

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Weak peso, copper revenue boost Philex’s income in 2017

Weak peso, copper revenue boost Philex’s income in 2017

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PHILEX Mining Corp., the country’s biggest gold producer, pointed to copper as the driver of its growth last year as revenue and most output of ores it mine declined last year. The company, led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, was also apparently saved by a weak peso.

In its disclosure on Wednesday to the

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local bourse, Philex said its gold production in 2017 reached 84,638 ounces, 18.07 percent lower than the 103,304 ounces registered volume in 2016.

Meanwhile, its total copper output last year fell by 14 percent to 30.1 million pounds, from 2016 recorded output of 35 million pounds.

The company attributed the decline in its metal output to lower ore grades mined and other production-related issues, as its total tonnage in 2017 fell by 7.32 percent year-on-year to 8.673 million metric tons.

The firm said average ore grade mined last year fell to 0.377 gram per metric ton for gold, from 0.417 gram per MT in 2016, while copper grade declined slightly to 0.192 percent from 0.206 percent.

“While overall output was lower for the year, the last four months of 2017 showed a 15-percent improvement in tonnage compared with the average in the first eight months due to engineering interventions and additional manpower,” Philex said in a statement. “These measures partially addressed the issues that affected production from January to August 2017.”

Despite the lower metal output, its total revenue from copper last year reached P4.475 billion, 12.55 percent higher than the P3.976 billion recorded in 2016.

Meanwhile, its gold revenue declined by 12.51 percent to P5.432 billion, from P6.209 billion recorded in 2016, despite better global prices. Philex said its revenues from silver production also posted a 10.75-percent decline to P77.2 million.

Total operating revenue last year amounted to P9.985 billion, which is 2.79 percent lower than the P10.272 billion in 2016, according to Philex.

Philex said it was able to see a reduction in consolidated costs and expenses in 2017 by 1.76 percent to P6.778 billion, from P6.9 billion recorded in 2016.

“In particular, cash production costs were P4.412 billion, from P4.614 billion in 2016, as the cost of power, contracts and other expenses showed a combined 16-percent reduction to P1.708 billion,” Philex said. In 2016 the cost of power, contracts and other expenses hit P2.041 billion.

Meanwhile, Philex said its general and administrative expenses decreased for the fourth straight year to P363 million, 2.68 percent lower than the P373 million spent in 2016, “due to sustained spend management and cost-rationalization programs.”

The firm’s foreign-exchange losses due to the depreciation of Philippine peso against the greenback narrowed to P39.5 million, from P145.2 million in 2016.

“As a result, reported net income improved by 6 percent to P1.658 billion, while core net income rose by 2 percent to P1.686 billion due mainly to lower cash costs and other charges,” Philex said.

In 2016 Philex reported a net income of P1.567 billion, while core net income that year was at P1.657 billion.

“With 2017’s financial performance, the company sustained the increase in net income for the fifth consecutive year since 2012, amid volatile metal prices and a challenging regulatory environment,” Philex added. 

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Philex delivers P14-M infra projects in Itogon

Philex delivers P14-M infra projects in Itogon

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PHILEX Mining Corp. is set to turn over by the end of the year almost P14 million worth of infrastructure projects—ranging from concrete road and retaining wall to drainage canal and grouted riprap with parapet wall to health center and science laboratory—to its host town of Itogon in this province.

Covering the company’s social-program accomplishments for the second and third quarters, the 33 projects were implemented in the town’s host barangay of Ampucao and the neighboring barangay of Dalupirip, Roy Mangali, AV Pat Philex Mining and assistant resident manager at Padcal mine, said.

“Community development is our way of telling our host and neighboring communities that Philex Mining really cares for them,” he added, stressing that a report on the projects to be turned over to another of the two host towns—Tuba—is still being finalized.“And we’re just talking about public infrastructure here. Of course, we have other community projects, such as health, education, livelihood, and environmental protection.”

In a report prepared by Jamal Agustin, coordinator for public infrastructure at Padcal mine, Philex Mining’s gold-and-copper operations in Benguet, the construction of the Barangay Disaster Risk Management Center, in Brgy. Ampucao’s Sitio Ampucao Proper, was the biggest project at P1.5 million, followed by the renovation of the science laboratory building at the Laurencio Fianza National High School, in Brgy. Dalupirip, to the tune of P1.2 million.

Last August, Philex Mining turned over P6 million worth of (five) infrastructure projects—under its 2016 annual budget allocation—to Brgy. Ampucao in formal ceremonies graced by Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan, and other government officials.

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Philex hopeful on lifting ban on open pit mining

Philex hopeful on lifting ban on open pit mining

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MANILA, Philippines — Pangilinan-led Philex Mining Corp. is scouting for potential investors for its $2 billion Silangan copper and gold project as it is optimistic that the government will lift the ban on open pit mining this quarter.

“We are hoping that the ban will be lifted in the  first quarter. Secretary (Roy Cimatu) said they would be studying it,” Silangan Mindanao Mining Co. Inc. chief operating officer Mike Toledo said in a recent interview with The STAR.

The lifting of the open pit ban is expected to fasttrack the entry of possible investors for Philex’s next big prospective mine in Surigao del Norte.

“Once it is lifted, we will immediately proceed with our pre-development works, “ said Toledo, who also sits as senior vice president at Philex Public and Regulatory Affairs.

“Investors are looking at legal and regulatory framework and I could sense that they are more inclined to invest but they are just waiting for the right announcement. Once that it is lifted, we can actually proceed,” he said.

“We are now talking to banks and others. There are already interested people who are just waiting for the government to lift the ban on open pit mining,” Toledo added.

 

The Silangan project, which may start production by late next year or early-2020, will conduct open pit mining for the first 10 years followed by the underground method.

“This is safer, environmentally and financially sound. While we are doing underground, we can already do rehabilitation (in the open pit). This is what we presented  to the MICC (Mining Industry Coordinating Council) and they saw why open pit is the most viable option,” Toledo said.

The Silangan project is seen to replace the Padcal copper-gold mine in Benguet, whose mine life is expected to end by December 2022.

The company has invested over P13 billion for the initial exploration and related works on the site as of the end of 2014, on top of the estimated project cost of about $1.2 billion.

By 2020, the Silangan project is forecast to generate P170 billion in revenues, P31 billion in national and local taxes and at least 8,000 employment opportunities for the first 10 years of operation.

Silangan is also expected to spend P6 billion over the same period for social development and infrastructure programs that will benefit Mindanao.

It is among the biggest prospective open-pit mines in the country.

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Toward sustainable mining and the baguio declaration

Toward sustainable mining and the baguio declaration

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December 19 will go down in history as a “watershed moment” for the mining industry, as this was the day that gave witness to the signing of two very important documents: one, between the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC); and, the other, between the COMP and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

A week after then-Davao Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte won the Presidency  in the 2016 national elections, our Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and I met him in Davao where, among other things, he iterated his challenge to the mining industry to adhere to strict international standards, particularly that of Australia and Canada.

COMP Chairman Gerard Brimo (3rd from left) and MAC President and CEO Pierre Gratton (3rd from right), witnessed by Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines HE John Holmes (2nd from right) and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu (2ndfrom left). Also in photo are: COMP TSM Committee Chairman Eulalio Austin Jr. (leftmost); MAC VP Ben Chalmers (rightmost); (standing, from left) COMP Trustee Isidro Consunji; COMP Communications Chairman Atty. Michael Toledo; COMP Trustees Jose Leviste Jr., Isidro Alcantara Jr., Joaquin Lagonera, Martin Zamora, and Higo Toru.

Thus, Philex Mining Corporation embarked on this crusade to  search for what these other strict international standards were, as a response to President Duterte’s challenge.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Not that Philex was inadequate in this regard. On the contrary, Philex had already clearly established itself as a responsible mining company. It already had its Integrated Management System (IMS) certification, which incorporated both ISO 14001:2004 on environmental management system and OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management, way before the DENR requirement for ISO certification. 

Its Silangan Mindanao mining project already got ISO 14001: 2004 certification even before it commenced actual mining operations.

Philex had also garnered numerous awards in corporate governance and leadership here and abroad, like the ASEAN Good Governance Award where it was #1 in the Philippines, including the Philippine Stock Exchange Bell Awards where it has consistently been part of the country’s Top 50 publicly-listed corporations (PLCs) – one of the few, if not the only, mining companies to have achieved such feat. 

Despite all these, however, Philex wanted to seek out other strict standards to comply with, to leave no stone unturned (no pun intended) where excellence in mining was concerned.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and COMP Chairman Gerard Brimo

Philex came across the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative of the Mining Association of Canada which the latter launched in 2004. It was mandatory for all MAC members to their respective Canadian operations, but many of them also applied it to their international projects. 

But because TSM can only be adopted as a standard by a national mining association such as the COMP – as was the case in Finland, Argentina, and Botswana – Philex President and CEO Euls Austin Jr. proposed it to the then-COMP Board of Directors. The COMP Board approved it, and the movement towards its adoption started and snowballed. 

With COMP TSM Committee Chairman and Philex Mining Corporation’s CEO Eulalio Austin Jr. and Canadian Ambassador John Holmes

On December 19, the COMP under its new Chairman, Nickel Asia Corporation President and CEO Jerry Brimo, signed the mutual cooperation and licensing agreement with the MAC as represented by its President and CEO Pierre Gratton who, together with MAC VP Ben Chalmers, flew all the way to Manila from Canada not just to sign the agreement but to also conduct a two-day training to select representatives from COMP member companies on the TSM. 

The signing was also witnessed by my good friend, the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency John Holmes. In Canada, as I have seen for myself, mining, tourism and agriculture are not mutually exclusive. They thrive together. In fact, it was mining that developed Canada into a powerhouse economy. 

With COMP TSM Committee Chairman Eulalio Austin Jr., Philex Mining Corporation’s Vice-President for Legal and Data Protection Officer Atty. Joan De Venecia and COMP’s Jo Mendoza

If the Canadians and the Australians can do it, then so can we.

In the same breath last November, at the Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in Baguio City, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu delivered a keynote speech that challenged the mining industry to be a greater contributor to national development, to “go beyond responsible mining”. In response, the COMP has issued this manifesto called the Baguio Declaration which is its commitment to responsible minerals development and, thus, national development in the country.

Thus, on the same day as the TSM agreement signing, representatives of COMP member companies came forward and signed the Baguio Declaration which consists of five main elements of responsible minerals development: that of being people-oriented; protecting and enhancing the environment; respecting the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples; contributing its fair share to the national economy; and of being efficient, competitive, compliant with international standards.

Make no mistake about it, though. Many COMP members, like Philex Mining, have already incorporated these key principles into their operations since way back. 

MAC President and CEO Pierre Gratton

In fact, just recently, both Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and Oceana Gold (Philippines) Inc. won the 1st ASEAN Mineral Awards, once again proving that the Philippines is tops in mineral development. 

What the Baguio Declaration does is formalize these key principles into a manifesto and institutionalize them in the Chamber.

With these two documents the COMP is well on the right track towards going beyond responsible mining and policing its ranks. Mining is a serious and scientific business, and should be treated with the level of seriousness and science that it deserves. Given the opportunity, it can still be a driver in economic development that contributes substantially towards nation-building under the Duterte administration.

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Philex supports ‘National Cleanup Month’

Philex supports ‘National Cleanup Month’

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TUBA, Benguet – Supporting the government’s celebration of September as the National Cleanup Month, Padcal mine has cleaned up a river at its mine camp that it also “adopted” as part of its environmental-protection program, with officials and employees collecting rubbish from the riverbed and planting bamboos along the riverbanks.

About 90 personnel from Padcal mine’s 15 departments participated in the cleanup of and planting of 200 seedlings of tinik, bayog, and giant bamboos at the Sal-angan River, in Itogon’s Brgy. Ampucao, on Saturday, Sept. 16. Itogon and Tuba are the host towns of the company’s gold-and-copper operations in this province.

“That’s how we do things around here—always bring any environmental-protection project or an event a notch higher,” said Eduardo Aratas, manager of Padcal’s Legal Division, who participated in the cleanup and tree-planting drive, which was also part of the government’s International Coastal Cleanup Weekend Celebration. “Not only did we rid the river of rubbish, but also plant trees.”

In a Sept. 11 letter to Manuel Agcaoili, SVP at Philex Mining and resident manager of Padcal, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), of CAR, or Cordillera Administrative Region, in Baguio City, said, “We would like to request your participation in the Orchestrated Cleanup in the region of rivers, creeks, and waterways. Please participate in the cleanup of your respective adopted waterbody…”

Julius Bayogan, manager of Padcal’s Environmental Quality, Monitoring and Evaluation Dept. (EQMED), said the cleanup of Sal-angan River and other waterways at the mine camp has been a regular activity for Philex Mining, which has been in the forefront of environmental protection and community development over the past more than six decades of practicing responsible mining conscientiously.

He said the 90 Padcal personnel had collected 15 sacks of rubbish from the riverbed, eight sacks of which were residual wastes, four sacks of plastic bottles, two sacks of tin cans, one sack of various rubber items like slippers, hoses, and boots.

“Those items that were recyclable have been donated to the residents in nearby villages, while the residual wastes had been brought to our sanitary landfill at the decommissioned and rehabilitated TSF2, or Tailings Storage Facility No. 2, also in Brgy. Ampucao,” added Bayogan, who led the four-hour cleanup of the 2-kilometer Sal-angan River. 

He explained that residual wastes include what remains of agricultural, industrial, and mining materials after a treatment process, as well as household trash that cannot be reused or recycled.

On Sept. 19, 2016, Bayogan also led the general cleanup of the Sal-angan River—Padcal’s water source for its mill operation—where the volunteers collected 465 kilograms of waste, 382.5 kg. of which were residual, 45 kg. were biodegradable, and 37.5 kg. were recyclable.

He said the Sal-angan River was “adopted” years ago by Philex Mining to be part of its cleanup drive of waterways and other surroundings at the mine camp.

Last year’s event was also in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko” (“My Country, My Cleanup”), which promoted cleanliness in coastal and inland waterways, creeks, public places, and private establishments nationwide.

 

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