Issue of February 11, 2018

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Official reminds wise use of SDMP funds
by Puress release

PREPARATION -- Various livelihood associations under the Social Development and Management Program of the Philex Mining Corp. in its Padcal mine in Tuba and Itogon, Benguet are urged to make use of the time and resources accorded to them to prepare for the eventual closure of the gold-and-copper operations of the mining firm in 2022. -- Contributed photo

TUBA, Benguet – An official of Philex Mining Corp. told beneficiaries from the five outlying communities of Padcal mine to make good with their company-granted and assisted livelihood projects before the 2022 mine life of its gold-and-copper operations comes to a close.

“You must be prepared before the mine closure, where the SDMP phase-out follows. It might even be closer than we thought, so you make the most of our livelihood assistance,” Assistant Vice President Roy Mangali, who is also Padcal resident manager, said during the 2018 Livelihood Conference held last month.

The Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) is one of the three pillars of Philex Mining’s corporate social responsibility, through which Padcal mine’s Community Relations Department implements various social projects on health,  education, livelihood, and public infrastructure in its host towns  Tuba and Itogon.

The company also implements a media and public campaign on the benefits a society derives from the mining industry, and a program called Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG), which funds trainings for mining personnel and research and development activities being undertaken by professionals to further improve the sector.

The conference was attended by 64 farmers, housewives, and residents belonging to 16 livelihood associations from the host barangays of Camp 3, in Tuba and Ampucao, Itogon, as well as the neighboring barangays of Camp 1 and Ansagan, Tuba and Dalupirip, Itogon.

The speakers who explained to the attendees the roles of government agencies in guiding them towards becoming successful non-profit enterprises were Remy Ortega, community affairs officer II of the Mines and Geoscien-ces Bureau; Labor Employment Officer II Clarissa Lyca Vizcarra, of the Department of Labor and Employment regional office; and Irene Goyo, revenue officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue- Baguio City. 

Philex Mining granted seed capital to each of the 16 livelihood associations which they used to put up their non-stock, nonprofit enterprises, which range from hog raising and aquaculture to organic-vegetable farming and variety stores, among other projects.

In its 2017 Annual SDMP report submitted to MGB, Philex Mining said the SDMP’s budget for livelihood and enterprise development amounted to P5.56M but the funds disbursed reached P9,505,600, including the respective carryovers (unspent budget) of P2,674,800 and P1,270,800 from 2016 and 2015.

The SDMP allocation for every outlying community is 42.5 percent each for Camp 3 and Ampucao and five percent each for Camp 1, Ansagan, and Dalupirip.

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