IPIL, Philippines – The extractive industry in the country has gone a long way. These stories of a mining company in 2020 showed mining can also be transformative and catalyst of change.
Following its back-to-back Presidential Awards and First Runner-up recognition at the ASEAN Mineral Awards, Agata Mining Ventures Inc. capped another year of transformative mining operations for its beneficiaries. It has elevated its stakeholders from the towns of Tubay, Santiago and Jabonga, all in Surigao del Norte into resilient communities.
To commemorate its mutual success with the people, key Agata officers and staff staged its annual Community Day and Thanksgiving Awards Night for the appreciation of its host municipalities, employees and contractors.
The company’s transformative programs have envisioned the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of its beneficiary communities through sustainable projects beyond the life of the mine.
TVIRD scholar to geologist
No one from her village in Canatuan, Zamboanga del Norte thought she would become a professional – much more, a licensed geologist. Not one. However, Christine Joy Hamoy, “Tintin” to family and friends, surprised everyone when she passed the Board Examination for Geologists.
Her father, Artemio, was once a small-scale miner in the early 90s. He worked 24/7 in a tunnel at Mt. Canatuan. Their family flocked to the village from Davao with hopes of finding a better life.
Her parents came from neighboring Zamboanga Sibugay Province and were drawn to Canatuan where a “gold rush” took place prior to the entry of TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD).
Support for medical frontliners
In active response to the government’s call for unity at the height of the pandemic – and to augment the need for proper protective equipment of provincial hospital staff – TVIRD mobilized the distribution of N95 face masks, face shields and surgical and examinations gloves to support COVID-19 frontliners, including LGUs, volunteers, medical workers, police and civilian volunteers in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region.
TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD), whose Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area is located in the joint boundaries of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte provinces, recently donated several boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital – which were received by hospital chief Dr. Sherwin Bastero.
Love in time of COVID-19
In line with its ongoing programs to ensure food security and developing resilient communities for the future, Agata recently harvested and consolidated the organic production of its beneficiary Mabakas farmers and temporarily re-aligned its focus to address the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the accessibility of much-needed goods and services.
Among the vast number of issues brought about by the current pandemic is the current strain on the availability of every community’s daily staple.
With this in mind, Agata endeavors to augment the current supply and approach the issue where it matters most – and that is in the very household of its beneficiary communities in Tubay, Surigao del Norte.
In May 2020, Agata began the distribution of food packages earmarked for close to 2,000 beneficiary-households in its eight (8) barangays covering host municipalities Tubay, Jabonga and Santiago as well as to its employees. The company plans to complete distribution activities by the following week.
Canatuan final rehabilitation
Some 25 years ago, TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD) was the first company licensed to operate under the country’s “new” mining law.
At the time, the Mining Act had laid the groundwork for the development of the country’s mineral resources. It also sought the full restoration of mined-out areas.
Since it brought its gold and silver project on-stream – followed by equally-successful copper and zinc processing operations – TVIRD has joined the ranks of major mining projects in the country. Its maiden project in Sitio Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte has effectively put TVIRD on the map and elevated the town into a first-class municipality.
Six years after it concluded Canatuan, in June 2020, TVIRD has achieved the last phase of its operations in the area – and that is the 94 percent completion of final rehabilitation activities, as confirmed by the Multi-Party Monitoring Team (MMT) that oversees its accomplishment.
Apart from fulfilling its obligation, TVIRD’s final rehabilitation is likewise a true test of the law – further testament that responsible mining is a reality. (Sponsored Content)