Philex, as a socially and environmentally responsible Filipino company striving for excellence in mineral resource development, is committed to the continual improvement of its operations, to minimize adverse environmental impacts, to comply with applicable legislations and other requirements, and to promote environmental awareness and commitment among its workers at all levels.
Philex protects the environment.
Aside from social investments, Philex believes that the conservation of the bio-physical resources is good business ethics.
Environmental Programs are implemented in all phases of mining starting from exploration, mine development, operations, and decommissioning.
The Padcal Mines was a logged over area with very few families before it started operation in 1958. Today, more than 2,000 hectares have been reforested with some seven million trees with a survival rate of 90%. Average annual cost for Padcal mine•s reforestation program is Php 3.4M.
- Water management and monitoring is conducted daily by house personnel and quarterly by the government-led Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) for the operating mine and the Community Technical Working Group for the exploration projects.
- Regular effluent monitoring is being conducted at strategic sampling points in and outside of the mine camp.
- Air quality is managed thru fog cannon to suppress dust dispersal while used oil is sold to accredited buyers of the government.
- Our first and second tailing ponds have been decommissioned and are undergoing soil reconditioning as part of our rehabilitation.Tailing pond no. 1 is now fully revegetated with various land uses such as grazing, bamboo propagation, and a mini-golf course.
On the average, the Company spends 5.5% of its total mining and milling cost when the government requires only 3-5%.
Padcal Operation•s Environmental Management System (EMS) sustained its ISO 14001: 2004 Certification. It has been a consistent awardee of the government•s Best Mining Forest Award among others.
Areas immediately rehabilitated are drilling areas and the sides of the roads. The forest nursery at our Silangan Exploration project has the capacity to produce 100,000 seedlings annually.
The nursery is used as a major source of planting materials for the reforestation projects of various government agencies and private organizations.
As a practice, the company actively participates in tree planting and other re-greening activities of various groups in the province.
On soil movement, engineered silt traps are constructed at strategic points to help control downstream sedimentation.
Water quality monitoring is also a standard practice by in-house personnel for both surface and drinking water sources in the project areas.
As a result of our aggressive and continuous effort for sound environmental management, Philex has been a consistent winner of various awards such as the prestigious •Adopt-A-Mountain, Adopt-A-Mining Forest Program• of the government, as well as the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA).
The immediate and progressive rehabilitation of disturbed areas is a standard environmental practice of the company.
As of December 2011, Bulawan project was able to reforest 26.4219 hectares with total dispersal of 23,811 mangium seedlings. Philex spent Php 574,197.00 for the reforestation projects. Bulawan site has central nursery that contained 1,452 seedlings of Indonesian jatropha and 34,788 seedlings of mangium.
A rehabilitated silt pond in Bulawan, Sipalay City, Negros Occ.
Aside from reforestation, rehabilitation of previously disturbed areas, various erosion control, water monitoring, and waste segregation are implemented to ensure compliance with applicable laws that are concerned with the environment protection.
Under the care and maintenance stage, Sibutad project continuously maintains the reforestation, rehabilitation, and other environmental measures in the site.
The Philex- Sibutad project is one of the local government•s tourist areas where the locals go for picnics, forest trekking, horse-back riding and mountain biking.
It is likewise a consistent awardee of the governments •Adopt-A-Mountain, Adopt-A-Mining Forest• Program.
Over the years, the Company has been partnering with different stakeholders in order to make its development initiatives more purposeful.