(MANILA, PHILIPPINES) – In response to President Duterte’s call for mining to adhere to strict international standards, particularly that of Australia and Canada, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) recently signed a mutual cooperation and licensing agreement with the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Initiative, a mining sustainability standard developed by MAC. The agreement was signed by 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 (2nd from left). Also in photo are: COMP TSM Committee Chairman Eulalio Austin Jr. (leftmost); MAC VP Ben Chalmers (rightmost); (standing, L-R) 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. The COMP had said that adherence to TSM will be mandatory for all member companies. 30
Philex Mining Corporation. one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia, recently held “Yamang Mag-aaral: A Gathering of Philex Scholars” at the Meralco Lighthouse to give recognition to its current crop of scholars and to acknowledge its program partnership with three distinguished universities, namely: Saint Luis University (SLU) in Baguio; University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman; and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig. On Hand for the occasion were Philex Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (center); Philex President and CEO Eulalio B, Austin Jr. (6th from right); and Philex SVP for Public and Regulatory Affairs Atty. Michael T. Toledo (2nd from left). Receiving the token of recognition and appreciation for UA&P Scholars under their MA in Education program. The Philex Scholarship Program is not just a project under its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) as mandated by law, but has always been in the company’s DNA as a major component of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Philex Mining Corp. planted over 48,000 different tree species and flowering plants in over half of the targeted number of hectares of land in the towns of Tuba and Itogon, the two municipalities hosting its gold-and-copper operations in Benguet province, for this year’s reforestation program. Padcal finance group manager Dahilan (left) and Asterio Gonzales of the IT department do their share in the tree-planting activity by a roadside of Barangay Camp 1.
TUBA, BENGUET – The safety of the workers and employees is of primary importance at the Philex Padcal mine site. (Photo by Darwin O. Sardez)
Philex achieves first Safety Milestone for 2017
Philex Mining Corp. has successfully achieved the first Safety Milestone set by its Safety program of 2017. Last May 21, the workers of the Philex-Padcal mine site accumulated 3, 020, 393 Man-hours Worked (MWH) Without Lost-time Injury (WLTI).
A lost-time injury occurs when a person fails to perform normal work due to complications caused by injuries, permanent injuries, and injuries resulting to disabilities. The counting of lost-time injury starts from the time the injured person fails to report for work.
The Safety program for the year 2017 was planned by Philex-Padcal Operations on December 2016. One of the strategies was to set several milestones throughout the year which would be measured on Man-hours Worked Without Lost-Time Injury.
A target of 3 million MWH was scheduled to be achieved on May 31. In addition, targets of 5 million MWH and 7 million MWH were also set for Sept. 15 and Dec. 31, respectively.
The Safety Summit held last Jan. 31 kicked off a series of activities planned for the successful implementation of the Safety program. It was followed by the Safe Start Orientation for 0 to 5-year tenure employees conducted from Feb. 13 to April 20, which was attended by 1389 employees.
There were also three batches of reporting on User Orientation on Risk Management Module for the improvement of Non-Conformance, Risk Register & Objectives, Targets & Programs last March 23, as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Management Standard of the Integrated Management System.
Furthermore, two Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) hours with Philex Mining CEO and President Eulalio B. Austin were held on Jan. 13 and May 18.
Should the first milestone be achieved on schedule, Austin promised during the SHE hour last May 18 that a kilo of cañao meat from an ethnic thanksgiving ritual shall be given to each Padcal employee as a token of appreciation of their efforts and contribution. As such, the cañao meat distribution was done by the management from June 8 to 10.
Philex Mining Corp. has more Safety activities lined up for the rest of the year as it continues to stay true to its commitment to the safety of the employees.
Mine Tour. Officials of Philex Mining Corp. led by President and CEO Engr. Eulalio B. Austin, Jr. welcome Social Security System Commissioner Anita B. Quitain (4th from left), her chief of staff Atty. Fatima Zoryada Quitain (3rd from left), Comissioner Michael G. Regino (3rd from right), and Commissioner Jose Gabriel M. La Vina (4th from right) at the Saint Louis High School in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. Also in the photo are Philex Mining CFO Danny Y. Yu (far left) and Philex Padcal SVP and Resident Manager Engr. Manuel A. Agacoili (far right). The tour was part of the orientation of the Commissioners as new members to the Philex Board of Directors. The group went on a mine tour to get first-hand knowledge of the entire mining operation focused on strict adherence to the highest international safety standards. Austin said the mine has invested heavily in community development projects in sectors that include education, health, and livelihood. Philex Mining Corp., one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia recently celebrated its 60th year and has been recognized in the past not only for its exellence in coporate social responsibility but also for its outstanding corporate governance.