MVP Group mobilizes resources for ‘Maring’ victims

MVP Group mobilizes resources for ‘Maring’ victims

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Philex Mining Vice President & Chief Information Officer Brett Medel and the company’s vice president for Environment & Community Relations Victor Francisco helping out at the Tulong Kapatid Center, in Meralco Compound, Ortigas Ave. | BF

MVP Group mobilizes resources for ‘Maring’ victims

Monday, August 19, 2013

Move part of holistic approach to giving aid

The MVP Group of Companies has mobilized its resources, such as relief goods, financial donation, and rescue team to help victims of floods brought about by the tropical storm •€œMaring,•€ which has killed and injured some and left many others homeless.  

The group today prepared 1- and 5-gallon water jugs and relief goods packages for distribution to various relief centers in the affected areas while it placed on standby rescue and medical teams for deployment if need be.  

€œThis is in line with the holistic approach to giving assistance in times of disaster which we unveiled late last year,•€ Manuel V. Pangilinan, who chairs the companies under the MVP Group, said.

Michael Toledo, senior vice president at Philex Mining Corp. and head of the MVP Group of Companies•€™ Media Bureau, said the group has sent potable water and relief goods to Cavite, in coordination with the office of Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla. He stressed that the group is considering using a chopper to transport goods to other affected areas if weather permits.  

He said officials of Philex Mining, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), and PLDT-Smart Foundation, TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc., and One Meralco Foundation, among other companies under the MVP Group, today held a meeting with Mr. Pangilinan on how to provide further help for the flood victims.  

He added the group is also coordinating with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, a nonprofit social development entity, through its executive director, Rapa Lopa, in the distribution of more relief goods.  

Cavite, along with Laguna, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro were likely to experience more heavy to intense rains for the next few hours from Sunday night, owing to southwest monsoon enhanced by •€œMaring.•€  



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MVP leads ‘Tulong Kapatid’ drive for flood victims

MVP leads ‘Tulong Kapatid’ drive for flood victims

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Manuel V. Pangilinan (middle, with eyeglasses), head of the MVP Group of Companies, at an evacuation center in Taguig on Tuesday, Aug. 20, following the launch of “Tulong Kapatid,” program, the group’s drive to help victims of floods brought about by southwest monsoon, which has been exacerbated by the tropical storm “Maring” | EULALIO ODAL

MVP leads ‘Tulong Kapatid’ drive for flood victims

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Also calls for more volunteers for the preparation of relief goods  

Businessman and sports patron Manuel V. Pangilinan today led employees of the MVP Group of Companies, which he heads, in distributing relief goods to flood victims in Metro Manila and Cavite, as he called for more volunteers to join •€œTulong Kapatid,•€ the group•€™s drive to help people in evacuation centers.  

œWe have taken it upon ourselves to help the needy in times of disaster, a practice embedded in our culture of responsibility among the group,•€ he stressed. •€œWe started mobilizing our resources for the victims of typhoon •€˜Maring•€™ yesterday, and we will continue with the distribution of relief goods as well as other donations for as long as our means allow us.•€  

Mr. Toledo, who is also head of the MVP Group of Companies•€™ Media Bureau, said this visit to the different evacuation centers was done after One Meralco Foundation

Mr. Pangilinan, known for his initials, MVP, and who chairs the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), visited victims in the Metro Manila cities of Mandaluyong, Taguig, and Parañaque, and the nearby province of Cavite, along with Michael Toledo, senior vice president for Corporate Affairs at Philex Mining Corp., and other officials of the MVP Group.  

, Inc., the development arm of Manila Electric Co., prepared at least 3,000 bags of relief goods•€”basic food, water, hygiene kit•€”for deployment and the TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation sent two truckloads of goods to Cavite and Laguna respectively.  

The executive director of Alagang Kapatid, Menchie Silvestre, said another truck could be dispatched today to the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, depending on the availability of packed relief goods. She also said the truck that went to Cavite distributed goods mainly in the towns of Kawit and Rosario, while the one that was deployed to Laguna served Biñan and Santa Rosa. (Alagang Kapatid has also served Lower Bicutan, in Taguig; Malanday, Marikina; and San Mateo, Rizal.)  

œSince we are doing a holistic approach to giving aid, we may also set up soup kitchens in evacuation centers, which we anticipate will be full of people seeking temporary shelter from the floods in their areas,•€ Mr. Toledo stressed. •€œWe also have rescue and medical teams helping us to ensure the success of our •€˜Tulong Kapatid•€™ drive.•€  

He said that, meanwhile, PDRF and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a nonprofit social development entity, have committed a combined P1 million worth of relief goods for those who have trooped to the evacuation centers since Sunday night, when the weather bureau announced possible floods in some areas, owing to heavy to intense rains because of southwest monsoon enhanced by the tropical storm •€œMaring.•€  

PDRF came into the fore in Oct. 2009, when the Special National Public Reconstruction Commission (SNPRC) was created through Executive Order No. 838 issued by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, following the devastation brought about by typhoons •€œOndoy,•€ •€œPepeng,•€ and •€œFrank.•€ SNPRC was mandated to tap private-sector resources for the reconstruction of calamity-devastated areas.  

Expected to be at 680 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes on Wednesday and at 530 km of Itbayat or outside the country•€™s area of responsibility by Thursday, •€œMaring•€ has killed some people, injured many, and left tens of thousands homeless in Metro Manila and at least 10 provinces.  

Mr. Toledo said One Meralco has provided the collection point for relief goods at the Meralco Compound on Ortigas Ave. while the North Luzon Expressway, another MVP Group company formerly known as the North Diversion Road and Manila North Expressway, has helped in the transportation of relief goods.  

The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center started receiving donations from partners of the MVP Group and the public from today and will continue doing so until Aug. 23, between 12 noon and 4 p.m. Interested parties may get in touch with Eddielyn Addun at +63 2 632-8301 (landline), +63 939 913-3771 (mobile phone), or (email).

In December 2012, the MVP Group of Companies unveiled a holistic approach to giving assistance in times of disaster•€”from distributing relief goods and running soup kitchens to providing medical aid, building shelter for the homeless and reconstructing damaged infrastructure to creating livelihood for those who have lost their jobs.  


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Padcal boys learn from, play ball with PBA legends

Padcal boys learn from, play ball with PBA legends

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The 6-foot-2 Vince Hizon, a former Ginebra star, teaching ball handling to children at Philex Mining Corp’s Padcal community in Benguet during a basketball clinic on Aug. 11 | BF


Padcal boys learn from, play ball with PBA legends

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aspiring players told listening to coach is the first rule

 Ball handling, dribbling, passing, defense. These are some of the movements on a basketball court that young boys at Padcal community learned Sunday from legendary hoop stars, who won a friendly game with the youth of Philex Mining Corp.•€™s mine site in Benguet.  

 •€œBut it•€™s discipline that•€™s most important,•€ coach Elias Aguilar told about 60 students of Philex Mines Elementary School (PMES) and other kids living at Padcal who participated in the basketball clinic he conducted Aug. 11 together with 10 of the best players to have come from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). •€œYou must listen to your coach•€”that•€™s the first rule.•€

 Besides teaching them the various athletic stances necessary to becoming a good basketball player, participants were told their strength and conditioning is the foundation of their game or the way they play•€”from shooting to dribbling to defense•€”since the best players are in the best shape.  

  • €œThe Skyscraper•€ Marlou Aquino (right) and Alvin Patrimonio, known as •€œThe Captain•€ and •€œCaptain Lionheart•€ during his heyday at the PBA, anticipating a rebound during their friendly game against Philex Gold Miners, in Padcal, Benguet, on Aug. 11 | BF

€œIt was so exciting,•€ Henrik Evangelista, a Grade IV pupil at PMES, said of his participation during the one-hour basketball clinic. While he is too young to have witnessed Marlou Aquino•€™s heyday at Sta. Lucia Realtors and Ginebra San Miguel, he saw many of his idol•€™s games in video. •€œIt was really nice seeing him in person.•€  

The 6-foot-9 Mr. Aquino, known as •€œThe Skyscraper•€ and was one-half of the so-called •€œTwin Towers•€ (the other half being Dennis Espino) of the disbanded Sta. Lucia, joined Bal David, Vince Hizon, Jerry Codiñera, Bong Hawkins, Nelson Asaytono, Kenneth Duremdes, Poch Juinio, Rodney Santos, and Alvin Patrimonio at the basketball clinic held at the open court of Philex Sports Center.  

Libby Ricafort, vice president at Philex Mining Corp. and resident manager of Padcal operations, with Poch Juinio, the 6-foot-5 

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among other teams, and Jerry Codiñera, known as •€œDefense Minister•€ for his prowess at the defensive end. Mr. Ricafort presented  

the cagers with highly-mineralized rocks from Padcal mines |  BF 

A downpour sent the PBA legends packing to the covered court of Saint Louis High School-Philex, where they regaled the Padcal community in a friendly game against a youth basketball team called Philex Gold Miners. The visitors won over their hosts, 87-75, but did not break the hearts of their audiences, who took turns in posing for souvenir photos with the revered cagers and obtaining the autographs of their idols.  

€œIt was such a privilege to have played with them,•€ Brinell Aquino, 24, who works as a maintenance plumber at the Mill Division of Padcal, said. He was so elated to have met his idol, Mr. David, the 5-foot-9 former point guard of Barangay Ginebra Kings. •€œTo me he has the best dribbling and passing skills•€”which I really would want to emulate.•€ 


The PBA legends take turns in teaching athletic stances and ball handing, passing, and dribbling to young boys during a basketball clinic on a foggy afternoon in Padcal, Benguet, Aug. 11 |  BF

The 6-foot-2 Mr. Hizon, who had spent 11 years of his pro career at Ginebra•€”Gordon•€™s Gin or Ginebra Na!•€”thanked Philex Mining for giving him and his friends and former colleagues the chance to impart some of their skills and knowledge to the kids and youth of Padcal. He elicited standing ovations from the audience when he showed them his clutch three-point shooting and slashing drives to the basket during the friendly game.  

€œThis is nice•€”what Philex Mining is doing, you know, inspiring the youth to do sports and become better at it,•€ Mr. Aguilar, who runs the Coach Elias Aguilar Basketball Camp for interested students and youths nationwide, said. •€œThis is one proof that Philex Mining really is serious in fulfilling its programs in corporate social responsibility.•€

œCaptain Lionheart•€ Alvin Patrimonio with his fans at the Philex Sports Center, in Padcal, Benguet, Aug. 11 |  BF

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Responsible mining from the mouth of babes

Responsible mining from the mouth of babes

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Cliton Binalay, Austin Bitaga, and Rustom Tanacio win first, second, and third prizes respectively at the poster-making contest held at the Ampucao National High School, in Itogon, Benguet, on Oct. 3 | BF

Responsible mining from the mouth of babes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

High-school students write, draw their thoughts on the mining industry

They all espouse responsible mining, saying this helps fund education, create employment, develop communities, and grow the economy.  

€œResponsible mining changes a simple community into a productive and progressive one,•€ says Melody Ayang, in an essay written during an on-the-spot writing contest at the Laurencio Fianza National High School (LFNHS)-Bantic Annex, on Sept. 11. •€œThis agent of change will benefit everyone through unity and cooperation.•€  

Ms. Ayang, a senior at LFNHS-Bantic Annex, at Sitio Bantic, Barangay Dalupirip, in Benguet•€™s Itogon town, won first prize for her article, Responsible Mining: An Agent of Change, beating more than 30 other classmates and schoolmates in the contest conducted by Philex Mining Corp. for the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).  


Students of Saint Louis High School-Philex participating in the essay-writing contest on Oct. 4 | BF

Judy Ann Fragata and Vergy Madas, also seniors at the same school, clinched the first prize for their combined entry to an on-the-spot poster-making competition, held parallel with the writing contest and having the same theme: •€œThe Role of Responsible Mining in Community Development.•€  

€œHolding contests such as these is our way of challenging the students to speak up for the mining industry•€”what the sector has done for economic progress and environmental protection,•€ Remy Ortega, community-affairs officer at MGB-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), said.  

Mila Molintas, coordinator of information and education campaign (IEC) at the Community Relations Department of Padcal, Philex Mining•€™s gold-and-copper producer in Benguet province, said the competitions were conducted in five high schools located in the host- and neighboring barangays of Tuba and Itogon.  

At the main campus of LFNHS in Brgy. Dalupirip-Proper, seniors Sheena Mae Tiago and Climpson Docto won first prizes for the writing and drawing contests respectively, held on Sept. 10. The second and third prizes for the writing contest went to Gelyn Cayat, a junior, and senior Rudynne Pa-as respectively, while Jolly Raye Samson and Jayson Tagapan, both seniors, were granted the second and third prizes for the drawing/poster-making contest.  

Besides the two LFNHS schools, the high schools that fall under the cluster assigned by the MGB to Philex Mining for the contests include Twin Peaks National High School (TPNHS), in Tuba•€™s Brgy. Twin Peaks; Ampucao National High School (ANHS), in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon; and Saint Louis High School-Philex (SLHS-Philex), at Brgy. Camp 3, Tuba.  

Ms. Molintas said that over 300 students participated in the contests, which were also held at SLHS-Philex on Oct. 4, ANHS (Oct. 3), and TPNHS (Oct. 2). The first, second, and third prize winners received P2,000, P1,500, and P1,000 respectively, while three consolation prizes were given for each contest with a prize of P500 each.  


The grand-prize winning entry by Kenneth Balbin in the poster-making contest held at Saint Louis High School-Philex on Oct. 4 | BF

The other winners were: Jazlyn Villanueva, Brett Daps Maslang, and Trishia Paulyne Villanueva for the first, second, and third prizes for the essay writing and Kenneth Balbin, Kert Hedric Ventenilla, and Richard Levi Calica for the poster making at SLHS-P; Gemma Palina, Marissa Tambik, and Mary Rose Culimay (essay writing), and Austin Bitaga and Rustom Tanacio (poster making) at ANHS; and Jordan Palista, Bilbey Clark Palicdon, and Ayra Briones (essay writing), and Angelica Mendoza, Danielle Cabesa, and Joriza Grett Gale (poster making) at TPNHS.

Ms. Molintas said the participants had exhibited varied portrayals of what responsible mining was all about, but they all had the same message: that responsible mining, such as not using chemicals more than the internationally acceptable amounts, planting more trees in mine sites and forests, helps develop the community.  

€œI am for responsible mining, like what I have depicted in my drawing,•€ said Cliton Binalay, a junior at ANHS, who won the grand prize for the poster-making contest in his school. •€œMy focus here is the hardworking hand of a miner that helps in the development of a community through reforestation, education, and many other social projects.•€   

Philex Mining and the MGB will choose next week one essay and one poster out of the winning entries from the five schools, to represent the Philex Mining cluster in a province-wide competition among the respective clusters assigned to the other mining companies operating in Benguet.  

The overall champions will be announced at the 60th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference, to be held in the Philippine summer capital of Baguio City in November. 

Gemma Palina, a junior at the Ampucao National High School, Itogon, Benguet, reading her winning essay after the contest on Oct. 3 | BF

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Philex employee tops board exams; 2 colleagues pass, too

Philex employee tops board exams; 2 colleagues pass, too

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High schools students at Padcal community, Nov. 2011 | DANNY PATA

Philex employee tops board exams; 2 colleagues pass, too

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Scholarship program ‘testament to unselfish contribution to nation-building’

Three former scholars and now employees of Philex Mining Corp. have passed this year•€™s Mining Engineer Licensure Examination, with one of them landing at the top 10 among the 117 new mining engineers.  

Jason Ostrea, a graduate of Saint Louis University (SLU), in Baguio City, placed sixth in the exams given by the Board of Mining Engineering, in Manila on Aug. 13-15, the results of which were announced Aug. 16 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).  

His two other colleagues•€”Eunice Cuntig and Vincent Ong•€”also SLU graduates who were among the 141 examinees, also emerged successful. The three of them work as grade-control engineers at Philex Mining•€™s Padcal mines at Camp 3, in Tuba, Benguet.  

€œIt•€™s another feather on the cap of Philex Mining, as this shining moment punctuates and brings to the fore the company•€™s educational scholarship program,•€ Libby Ricafort, vice president at Philex Mining and resident manager of Padcal, said. •€œThis education program is part of our social agenda toward uplifting the quality of life of our stakeholders.•€  


Jason Ostrea

 Philex Mining currently has 14 mining-engineering scholars enrolled at SLU while 100 other scholars are pursuing various degrees at the different colleges and universities in Baguio City and Benguet, and 94 high school students and 170 others are enjoying full scholarships and subsidized education respectively.  

The company also has 27 scholars taking up technical and vocational courses, and 80 other scholars under the Alternative Learning System, which is a ladderized and modular non-formal secondary education program for dropouts, out-of-school youth, nonreaders, working Filipinos, and even senior citizens.  

At Padcal mines, free elementary education is provided to employee-dependents as well as children from the host- and outlying communities through the company•€™s Philex Mines Elementary School. The company, meanwhile, subsidizes the education at Saint Louis High School-Philex, located at the Padcal community.  

Describing Philex Mining•€™s educational assistance program as •€œunequaled •€¦ within the country•€™s minerals industry,•€ Mr. Ricafort stressed the company•€™s commitment to developing and producing talents and professionals.  

He said, •€œThis is another testament to our unfailing adherence to responsible mining and unselfish contribution to nation-building•€”a true trademark of the intrepid Philex miner.•€  



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