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The Green Acres system: An economical solution to multiple problems
by Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019
The first half of 2019 proved to be busy, yet a fulfilling period for Green Acres Hydroseeding Inc. the young and emerging company has been targeting multiple sectors within the fast-developing market of hydroseeding.
With another “Roadside Vegetation Establishment / Slope Stabilisation” project working with Ground Specialists Inc. again proving successful, now totalling to three successful projects for this partnership. The Green Acres system is really starting to prove itself in this sector, with multiple success stories leaving no doubt this is an economical and effective solution.
Green Acres have also been working hard with the environmental team at NAC (Nickel Asia Corporation) and are excited to be putting together a Demo project at their site on the north-eastern side of Dinagat Island. Having worked within the mining sector only once before, Green Acres is keen to show off their products capabilities with NAC’s fantastic environmental team. They plan is to utilise their ‘HydroStraw All In One (BFM)’ and ‘GAH Vegetator Seed Mix’ alongside with one of their new products ‘SiltSoxx’, a three-dimensional tubular device made of filter media encased in Filtrexx mesh. The devices are designed to support storm-water management, sediment & erosion control, and pollutant removal Best Management Practices (BMPs). One of the goals given to the company by NAC was the desire to reduce the requirement for berms and allow for longer gentler sloping, without risk of wash out for the hydroseeding. This is something Green Acres is confident they can achieve with the use of SiltSoxx. Which when used as a ‘Slope Interruption Device (SID) – it will create the same effect as the use of berms, without the costly use of heavy earth moving equipment.
Green Acres is also venturing into the construction and landscaping sectors, developing a good working relationship with MDC (Makati Development Corporation) over the course of consulting on several projects. Utilising Green Acres flexibility and access to the U.S. seed market and the expertise of Summit Seed. With imminent plans to move forward with a recreational park project and with multiple other projects on the horizon, it’s clear to see Green Acres and MDC are going to have a long-lasting successful partnership.
Green Acres is shortly going to be an accredited supplier of multiple noteworthy companies. MDC, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Republic Cement have all decided to sign up Green Acres to be their official supplier for hydroseeding materials and services. The company looks forward to seeing what opportunities will arise to prove their products and services from these new partnerships.
Having worked on several DPWH projects previously, Green Acres felt privileged to be invited by the government agency to contribute their expertise in the updating of the agencies ‘Item 520 – Hydroseeding’ Specifications. The company felt excited to see the government agency embracing the modern hydroseeding technologies and practices. They also found this a great opportunity to discuss the benefits and potential growth of the hydroseeding industry throughout the Philippines and how Green Acres intends to make this happen. With their ‘Self-Installation’ system, that supports companies in purchasing the right equipment and trains them how to hydroseed themselves. This will provide opportunities around the country and create a supply for the DPWH’s increasing levels of hydroseeding projects.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Diwata organizes Avengers Endgame movie fundraising, a surprising hit
According to the New York Times, the Avengers: Endgame movie took in $1.2 billion worldwide, arriving as the No. 1 movie in at least 54 countries. It is likely to be the last film with the original - and beloved - Avengers cast. Plenty of people made sure they were there to see it especially on opening night! On April 24, 2019, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. organized and hosted the block screening of the anticipated action/adventure movie. The objective of the event was to raise funds for the projects of Diwata which includes, but not limited to, its pilot project - Tanging Tanglaw: Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers.Opening night was held at Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2. The block screening event was made possible thanks to the support of its sponsors: Sycip Gorres & Velayo (SGV), Cruz Marcelo & Tenafrancia (CMT), Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (FNS), Chittick Fire & Security Corporation, Quisumbing Torres, Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc., Uniglobal Industrial Trading, Sandvik Tamrock (Philippines), Inc., Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Masbate Gold Project’s Filminera Resources Corporation and Philippine Gold Processing and Refining Corporation. Also in attendance were the following individuals - Diwata Chairwomen Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert, Diwata Adviser Atty. Leo Dominguez, Diwata President Atty. Joan D. Adaci-Cattiling, and key representatives from the sponsors.Were you there with Diwata during opening night of #AvengersEndgame? How was your experience? For more information on Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc.:Email - firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/DiwataResourceDevt/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/DiwataResrcDevtInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/diwataresourcedevt/ Website - http://www.diwata.org/
Philippine Resources - March 19, 2019
PHILCONSTRUCT Marks its 29th Year
By Marcelle P. VillegasThe longest-running construction expo in Southeast Asia and the biggest trade show in the Philippines took place last November 8-11 in two venues, namely; SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Now on its 29th year, this trade show for the construction industry welcomed more than 70,000 visitors. This massive expo is organised by the Philippine Construction Association Inc. (PCA). Members of PCA are responsible for more than 80% of the country’s total annual construction projects.Mr Morris Agoncillo, President of PCA states, “These are very exciting times for the industry with the government’s aggressive pursuit of infrastructure development through the Build, Build, Build program as well as the private sector’s drive to produce globally competitive projects, there are plenty of opportunities for both local and international suppliers to grow their business here. Our goal in PCA is to provide a venue where they can easily explore these opportunities and for close to three decades now. PHILCONSTRUCT has been that platform.” Secretary Ramon Lopez of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led the opening rites for the event. During the 29th PHILCONSTRUCT, the entire parking lot of World Trade Center Metro Manila was converted into an indoor exhibition hall to give space to many new international exhibitors. This is approximately an additional 3,000 square meters of indoor space, according to Mr Gerardo Pancho who is the 1st Vice President of the Philippine Constructors Association and the Overall Chairman of last year’s PHILCONSTRUCT. Since 2013 when PHILCONSTRUCT started its expansion, the event has generated a steady growth and demand for exhibit space from local and international suppliers. In the latest expanded exhibit, PHILCONSTRUCT featured building materials, construction equipment, fixtures, finishing solutions, and other related construction services from 23 countries. Participating countries include China, the European Union, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States. Over 1,500 companies participated in the event. PHILCONSTRUCT 2018 was presented by Pacific Paint (BOYSEN) Philippines, Inc. with major sponsors Civic Merchandising, Inc., CW Home Depot, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., and QSJ Motor Philippine. The show sponsors are Caltex/ Chevron Philippines, Co Ban Kiat Hardware, and Isuzu Philippines.Mr Pancho mentioned that the event is a great venue for stakeholders from both the government and the private sector. From here, we can determine how these products and technologies from other countries can help improve and strengthen the country’s various structures and infrastructures. He said, “We expect this synergy between these stakeholders to help bring the practice of construction here in the Philippines to the next level.”The event also presented various technical lectures for engineers and engineering students. For instance, at SMX Convention Center, Mr Jun Perez conducted a lecture on Basic HVAC Seminar during the HVAC/R Philippine Technoforum 2018. In his lecture, he shared much of his vast experience in smart techniques in building designs and air con installation from his previous projects in Guam for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. The seminar was sponsored by Concepcion Midea Inc. Two meeting rooms for the seminar were filled with attendees who are engineering students and engineers.Within the exhibit ground in SMX Convention Center, many companies offered free technical lectures by experts like Engr. Jhon Carlo Rojo, Technical Support Engineer of Daikin Airconditioning Philippines Inc. His lecture emphasized the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He mentioned that we breathe 28,800 times a day and 90% of the time, most of us are indoors. With that, IAQ has an impact on our health, work performance and quality of living. For almost 90 years, Daikin of Japan has been the leader in air con and air filter technology.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
AIA Celebrates 20 Years of Leadership in the Auction Industry
This year, Asia International Auctioneers, Inc. (AIA) marks its 20th year in the auction industry. To commemorate its anniversary, AIA organized a remarkable lineup of events, which include the groundbreaking of its new remanufacturing facility, recognition events for VIPs, Top Buyers, Consignors and Employees, and planting of 20,000 mangroves in Bataan.As the country's biggest and fastest growing trucks and equipment auctioneer, AIA has sold over 130,000 units and served about 58,000 satisfied customers in its 86 successful auctions since 1999. Today, it continues to deliver exceptional value by providing the highest quality trucks and equipment to various industries nationwide.AIA 20 Years BackAIA's story began in 1996 when its founders, who had prior auction experience in Japan, recognized the unique potential of establishing the very first proudly Filipino-Japanese owned auction company in the Philippines. At the time, the economy was unstable due to the Asian Financial Crisis. While others cast doubt on the viability of conducting auctions amid the bleak business climate, AIA’s founders took a great leap of faith and worked vigorously for the materialization of AIA, the premier and pioneer trucks and equipment auctioneer in the Philippines.Since then, auctions have increased popularity with AIA at the forefront. The company’s first auction in Subic Bay was held in 1999 with only around a thousand units available. 20 years later, AIA has grown exponentially and is now auctioning off over 12,000 items per year.AIA Breaks Ground on its New Remanufacturing FacilityTo kick-start AIA's 20th-anniversary celebrations, the company held the official groundbreaking of its remanufacturing facility in Subic Bay on March 15, 2019.The project marks another milestone for AIA as it will vastly transform the company's remanufacturing operations and quality control procedures. It will include a modernized and advanced assembly line incorporating AIA's No Cut, No Weld, No Bend Conversion Technology System using brand new and original left-hand drive parts. It will also be equipped with highly developed facilities for comprehensive and systematic quality control.With this major development, AIA will continue to fulfill its customers' evolving needs by offering only the best quality and widest selection of units at competitive and affordable prices.AIA Hosts VIP Appreciation Night for its Top BuyersAs a way of showing gratitude for their continued patronage, AIA brought together its VIP and top buyers on April 25 at Segara Villas in Subic Bay for an evening of celebration, special gifts, grand prizes, dinner and entertainment.The highlight of the night was the recognition and presentation of awards to AIA's top buyers. One of the awardees, Philipp Po of Leyte United Trading, said he has seen how AIA grew since he first joined its auctions in 2000."There are a lot of small and medium enterprises that have been established because of AIA. For my family, our trucking business started with AIA and has grown in consonance with our requirements, which we have also sourced from AIA. I believe that AIA will be here for the next generation and beyond, and I can attest their leadership in the auction industry," Po said.AIA COO Paulo Armamento shared that on top of these special events, AIA honors their customers and values their trust by providing them with high standard trucks and equipment."We are proud to say that AIA has not only become the largest and leading auctioneer in the country, we also became the benchmark that stimulated a safer trucking and transportation system by raising the standards for used trucks in the market," Armamento said.He concluded the event by reaffirming the company's commitment to work harder in delivering its promise of quality and reliability. AIA Consignors Tee Up for Golf and Awards DayTo honor its consignors who have been with the company throughout the years, AIA hosted a Golf and Awards Day on April 28 at Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club. Plaques of appreciation and tokens were given away during the awarding ceremony.AIA's consignors always go above and beyond in exporting the highest quality trucks and equipment directly from Japan. The company's premium range of products is meticulously screened so that only the best-of-class units are included in the auction lineup. Because of its consignors, AIA could showcase the most comprehensive array of light, medium, and heavy-duty units from the top brands such as Isuzu, Fuso, Hino, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Kobelco, and Tadano among many others.AIA holds 20th Anniversary Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving NightAIA's 20 years of leadership in the auction industry can be attributed to the men and women who constantly provide excellent service to AIA's customers. Thus, the company recognized its personnel at its Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving Night on May 15.A total of 78 employees who have worked with the company for ten, fifteen, and twenty years were given Meritorious Service and Loyalty awards. AIA plants 20,000 mangroves for its 20 fruitful yearsAs a way of giving back for AIA's 20 fruitful years in the auction industry, the company planted 20,000 mangrove propagules in a 10-hectare coast at Abucay, Bataan on May 17 in cooperation with DENR and the SBMA Ecology Center. 165 volunteers took part in the program.AIA initially started its biodiversity conservation and mangrove reforestation programs in 2015.AIA took on the responsibility of caring for a total of 15 hectares of protected sites and had since planted around 25,000 mangroves in various areas. “We specially picked Mangrove Planting as the core activity of our CSR programs because of its environmental significance. Mangroves are powerhouses when it comes to carbon storage.Studies indicate that mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests. This is so relevant to our industry for ways we all know. Unlike other one-day tree planting activities, ours is a continuing activity as we will see to it that the mangroves will survive and serve its purpose,” said AIA General Manager Atty. Ma. Leonora Tabladillo.Join AIA's 4-Day Trucks and Equipment Auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22AIA will continue to celebrate its anniversary with more events and activities in store for its customers. Watch out for AIA's upcoming four-day auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22! Inspect and select from a wide variety of over 2,300 trucks and equipment as it opens its gates on June 16, 17 and 18 and join AIA’s Auction Fair for more surprises.For more information about AIA’s auctions, contact them at (047)-252-3333 or visit www.aia-auction.com.
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Philippine Resources - April 12, 2021
Masbate Companies Win PMIEA Awards
In the recently concluded 2020 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA), the Masbate Gold Project's two companies, Filminera Resources Corp. and Phil. Gold Processing & Refining Corp., won four awards in the Best Mining Forest and Safest Mine categories. PMIEA recognizes mining companies that demonstrate best practices in safety and health care, environmental conservation, and community sustainability. Filminera was awarded the Platinum Achievement Award in Surface Mining Operation Category by the PMIEA Selection Committee, as well as the Titanium Achievement Award in Mineral Exploration Category and the Safest Mineral Exploration – A Category. PHL Gold, on the other hand, won the PMIEA Titanium Achievement Award in the Mineral Processing Category from the PMIEA Selection Committee. Both organizations have active initiatives aimed at environmental protection, ecological sustainability, and advanced land use planning. The reforested and rehabilitated areas are now home to a wide variety of flora and fauna habitats as a result of these upland and coastal reforestation activities. Apart from promoting sustainability through conservation projects, the companies have also aided social growth in the local areas through a variety of livelihood initiatives. Fast-growing and natural forest tree species were used to revegetate the Syndicate Waste Dump, which was undergoing restoration.
Philippine Resources - April 12, 2021
Mining Industry Anticipates Receiving a ‘Passing Score' on the EITI's Transparency Validation.
The Philippines' Chamber of Mines (COMP) expressed hope in completing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) validation process, which began on April 1, 2021. The validation is an evaluation of adopting countries' willingness to follow EITI requirements, and it is the second to be completed since 2017. The countries will be graded on three aspects of the validation process: 1) stakeholder engagement—involvement of all government, business, and civil society stakeholders 2) transparency—requirements for accountability, such as a beneficial ownership registry; and 3) results and impact—addressing national interests in natural resource governance. The EITI Board is scheduled to report the final outcome of the validation in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Philippines was found to have made "satisfactory progress" in the first validation in 2017, making it the first EITI adopting country to reach such status, according to COMP. The industry remains committed to the EITI benchmark, with 95 per cent of active mines filing their accounts, according to COMP Executive Director Ronald Recidoro. “The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines looks forward to the validation. We hope to still be at the forefront of this transparency initiative just as we were in 2017 under the old standard,” he said. COMP member-companies, at the very least, had been doing disclosure monitoring on their own, according to Recidoro, even before it became mandatory. “We have done a lot to move transparency reporting in the Philippines, including reporting on gender, environmental protection, etc., which is only now being made mandatory under the new standard,” he said. The validation, according to Bantay Kita, a civil society delegate to the Philippine EITI Multi-Stakeholder Community (PH-EITI MSG), is an opportunity to address problems in adopting the EITI and how it can be more applicable at both the national and sub-national levels. “Over the past months, the PH-EITI MSG has been working to gather all evidence to show progress in the Philippines. All stakeholders, not only civil society, have contributed to communicating EITI data and initiated outreach activities from local communities to policy-makers,” Vincent Lazatin, national coordinator of Bantay Kita, said in a news statement. “Stakeholders involved in the validation process would be honest and able to articulate what really is happening on the ground with the transparency initiative of extractive industries in our country. Beyond aiming to be on top, the one of greater value is knowing the real score, the PH-EITI’s actual situation, and how we can perform better,” said Aniceta Baltar, a civil society representative to the PH-EITI MSG. “The validation looks at how it continues to execute its mandate, and at what level it does. It also gauges what positive impacts the initiative were able to bring across to its constituents and stakeholders,” she added. When pressed for more details, Recidoro stated that COMP, as a founding member of the PH-EITI, is committed to continuing to participate in the validation process. According to him, the 2019 EITI validation standard includes additional provisions such as documentation on gender and environmental spending, as well as the contentious question of beneficial possession (BO). “The PH-EITI has been reporting on gender and environmental expenditure since 2012, so we are ahead of the curve in that regard. We piloted beneficial ownership reporting last year,” Recidoro said. However, he said, “BO reporting will still need some work.” “We need SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission] to take the lead on this so that it doesn’t become redundant,” he said. “There are also concerns about data privacy,” Recidoro added. He clarified that the EITI requires businesses to report ownership information, but that this is already being done with the SEC. When it comes to BO news, Recidoro believes the SEC needs to establish a consistent policy or set of guidelines. “Beneficial ownership disclosure is already part of the annual general information sheet [GIS], but the issue now is publication. SEC does not make that beneficial ownership disclosure public because of data privacy concerns,” he explained. The GIS is an annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which businesses report on their specific corporate details and shareholders, among other things. Every year, businesses must send a different GIS form containing their organizational results, according to Recidoro. “Since last year, that GIS now has a beneficial ownership report portion. The GIS is available for download with the SEC, but the BO portion is redacted. Because of data privacy concerns,” he said.
Philippine Resources - April 12, 2021
Miners, government outlook bleak on Philippines' role in EV metals supply chain
Despite being the world's second-largest nickel producer, the Philippines' capacity to engage in the development of a global battery metals supply chain is severely restricted due to a shortage of facilities and stringent policies, as the country's mines bureau and mining industry both agree. "While the Philippines is a top nickel ore producer, we only have two existing nickel/cobalt processing plants that produce nickel and cobalt sulfide concentrates — intermediate products that are further processed in Japan to make electric vehicle batteries," Rocky Dimaculangan, vice president for communications at the Philippines' Chamber of Mines, or COMP, said. Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano reiterated the view of COMP, saying the Philippines "can participate in the supply of battery metals but it will be limited to the capacity of two mineral processing plants in the country put up by Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd." "Although the country is a top supplier of nickel as export, most of these or about 70% are exported as raw, directly shipped ore and has not undergone mineral processing," Moncano said. According to Moncano, the bureau has sent a request to Congress that would require current and new players to construct mineral processing plants that would manufacture finished and semi-finished materials. Some gold and copper mines in the United States have already built processing plants, and Moncano said the bureau hopes to see nickel and iron ore mines follow suit. "This initiative needs legislation by Congress because MGB cannot obligate these companies to do it without a law. A resulting consequence to this one is the gradual and partial ban of raw nickel and iron ore exports as well as Congressional support for the needed infrastructure like additional electric power plants, and the reduction of power cost because it requires billion dollars to put up a medium size mineral processing plant," Moncano said, noting that electricity costs are very significant in mineral processing. Domestic power prices are among the highest in the ASEAN region, on par with Singapore, according to the Department of Energy's Power Development Plan 2016-2040, owing to the absence of government subsidies, which are present in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Miners in the Philippines had planned to benefit from Indonesia's ban on nickel exports, which will take effect in 2020. However, current environmental constraints will preclude the Philippines from fulfilling China's nickel production requirements in the absence of Indonesia, according to Market Intelligence's Metals and Mining Research unit, driving Chinese primary capacity down from a projected 715,000 tonnes in 2020 to 490,000 tonnes in 2025. "Larger policy issues ... remain unresolved, particularly the ban on open-pit mining and the moratorium on new mining projects until a new mining tax scheme has been put in place," Dimaculangan said. A prohibition on open-pit mining remains in effect in the Philippines, as does a restriction on new mining licenses before a new tax system is enacted. "To encourage the building of extremely expensive mineral processing facilities and manufacturing plants for EV batteries as well as for clean energy and renewable power projects, the industry needs full government support in terms of stable mining and investment policies that do not change mid-stream," Dimaculangan said. If the obstacles are overcome, the mining industry may be a crucial sector in the country's post-pandemic recovery, according to the COMP and the MGB. "It stands to reason that if policy problems are not immediately resolved, the Philippines will remain an unattractive mining destination and will most definitely fall short of its tremendous potential to participate in this worldwide trend towards mineral-intensive renewable power generation and battery storage technologies," Dimaculangan said. "Otherwise, and this would be most unfortunate, the Philippines will, so to speak, miss the boat again." For the time being, COMP sees the Philippine government's decision to authorize at least 26 new mining ventures that had been shut down by former Environment Secretary Regina Lopez to restart operations as a positive move for the industry. Dimaculangan also expressed hope after the government decided to renegotiate the terms of its financial and technical assistance deal with OceanaGold Corp., the owner of the Didipio gold-copper mine in Quirino province. "Once they are onstream, these projects will undoubtedly help increase the country's exports and the industry's contribution to our GDP," Dimaculangan said.