Joel Son (in orange overalls), Philex Mining Corp. safety group manager and head of the company's rescue team in based in Padcal Project, Benguet, leads the rescue and retrieval operation at a landslide on Bokawkan Road, Baguio City, caused by Typhoon Pepeng in October 2009


Philex sends rescue team to Compostela Valley

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Philex Mining Corp. has sent a team of miners to help in the ongoing rescue operation in Compostela Valley, where more than 600 people have been killed, 900 missing, and thousands more homeless when typhoon "Pablo" recently hit southern Philippines. 


The 12-member team, which arrived in the devastated area today after leaving Philex Mining’s Silangan Project in Surigao del Norte yesterday afternoon, has registered at the New Bataan Command Center, Philex Mining President and COO Eulalio Austin, Jr. said. 


“Our miners, whose work involves the recovery of ore from under the ground, are well-trained in the search-and-rescue operation of victims buried in rubble, such as the one happening now in Compostela Valley,” he stressed. 


Mr. Austin, who last night announced on TV5 that Philex Mining pledged P10 million for the typhoon victims in Compostela Valley, said the Philex rescue team, which is initially assigned in Purok 1, Barangay Mandaya, New Bataan, would receive a reinforcement of another team of miners if the need arises. 


He added that, in the meantime, another team of 12 miners would leave Philex Mining’s Padcal Project, in Benguet, today for Silangan as replacement for the 12 miners who went to Compostela Valley. 


“We also do not want to delay our ongoing project in Silangan, so we are sending replacements for our rescue team who left for New Bataan,” he said. 


Philex Mining earlier said that it was on-track for the commencement of production in its Silangan Project by 2017, as prefeasibility study and mine development were being pursued aggressively. 


Mr. Austin said the Philex rescue team would continue helping in Compostela Valley up to the last day of search-and-rescue operation.