Issue of January 7, 2018

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TUBA, Benguet – Philex Mining Corp. completed P21 million worth of infrastructure projects in this town which hosts along with Itogon the company’s Padcal mine, a gold-and-copper operations, for 2017 in three barangays.

The P2.3-M concreting of a 792-meter road pavement in Sitio Abiang, Barangay Camp 1 topped the list of 58 completed projects, followed by the 5-m. long and 7-m. high gabion wall constructed at Sitio Alang’s Kiggong and Cabanusan Creek, in Barangay Camp 3 worth P1.53M; and the P1.45-M electrification project in sitios Shimada, Alang, and Camait, also in Barangay Camp 3.

A 457-m. road pavement in Barangay Ansagan’s Sitio Lupitak was also concreted to the tune of P1.03M.

The electrification project included the extension of secondary lines in sitios Shimada and Alang, as well as electrical wiring, lighting, and convenience outlet installation also in Shimada and Alang; and in Sitio Camait, according to Mherdad Jamal Agustin, coordinator for public infrastructure at Padcal’s Community Relations (ComRel) Department.

“We also have projects still ongoing but are carryovers from 2016 and 2015,” Agustin said, adding that eight projects carried over from two years ago are worth P2.42M, six of which are located in Barangay Camp 3’s Sitio Mangga and two are in sitios Alapang, Bastian, Torre, and Buo. The two projects carried over from 2015, on the other hand, are worth P1.6M and located in sitios Alapang and Alang, also in Barangay Camp 3.

There are 11 projects carried over from 2017 to this year, with a cost of P7.22M and located in Barangay Camp 3’s sitios Shimada, Bastian, Torre, Kimmabab, Balding, Balayan, Colocol, and Barangay Camp 3-Proper. These are multipurpose halls, function halls, road improvements, and a potable water system, among other projects, Agustin said.  

A report prepared by Agustin on the 2017 Social Development and Management Program (SDMP), shows that 45 projects worth P15.77M were implemented in 13 sitios of Camp 3, six projects worth P2.78M were in the neighboring Camp 1, and seven projects worth P2.45M were in Ansagan, also a neighboring village.

The ComRel said the host and neighboring barangays are collectively called outlying communities. In Itogon, the host and neighboring barangays are Ampucao and Dalupirip, respectively. Philex Mining turned over five infra projects worth P6M to Ampucao.

At end of 2017, Philex Mining, through Padcal’s ComRel, turned over close to P14M worth of infrastructure projects to Itogon. Ranging from concrete road and retaining wall to drainage canal and grouted riprap with parapet wall to health center and science laboratory, the 33 projects covered the company’s social program accomplishments for the second and third quarters.

Besides infrastructure, Philex Mining has likewise implemented health, education, and livelihood projects in the outlying communities under its annual SDMP.

“Our religious implementation of the SDMP, Information, Education and Communications (IEC) campaign, and Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG) is part of our responsible mining practices done conscientiously,” said Roy Mangali, Philex Mining assistant vice president and assistant resident manager of Padcal. “We’ve also been doggedly implementing environmental protection program and religiously paying our taxes to both local and national governments.”

Philex Mining had allotted P110.48M for the various projects under SDMP, IEC, and DMTG in 2017, during the first half of which the company completed P15.84M worth of infra projects carried over from the 2016 SDMP. The total budget for the three programs, mandated as 1.5 percent of a miner’s total operating expenses in the previous year, reached P730.48M from 2003 and 2017.

Of the 1.5 percent share, 75 percent goes to SDMP, 15 percent is for IEC, and 10 percent for DMTG.

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