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Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) Host Community Receive 2 Kilos of Bangus per Household

by Philippine Resources - September 24, 2020

Residents of Barangay Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang and Sitio Campandan received 2 kilos of Bangus each per household last May 20-21, 2020. The Bangus distributed was from the Bangus Farming Project of the United Fisherfolk Association of Bagong Silang (UFAOBS) sponsored by NAC-HMC.

The Bangus Farming Project of the UFAOBS funded by the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of NAC-HMC was started last January 22, 2020 as part of the company’s commitment to support livelihood programs in its host community.

Before formally launching the livelihood project for UFAOBS, NAC-HMC tapped the services of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region XIII personnel to conduct Technical Training on Bangus Culture in Marine Fish Cage last January 8-10, 2020.

Distribution of the 2 kilos Bangus per household was done by NAC-HMC staff and UFAOBS members and officials in coordination with Barangay and Sitio officials along with the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of their respective areas and NAC-HMC SDMP teachers and college scholars.

Sitio Campandan resident and Barangay Health Worker (BHW) Estela C. Beberino expressed her gratitude for the Bangus distributed to her community, saying that, “this is the third batch of food we received from NAC-HMC. First was rice then followed by the food packs and now 2 kilos of Bangus. For my catchment or the area where I am responsible as a BHW, this is indeed a big assistance since during that time, source of fish was limited. The Bangus distribution was very timely. All household in my catchment received 2 kilos of Bangus each and were very happy for the support given by NAC-HMC”.

“For a small family like mine, the 2 kilos of Bangus lasted for 3 days. We cooked it in several different ways, in fact we still have some dried bangus now. To big families, maybe it lasted just one meal. Every family whether big or small benefited. We are thankful to NAC-HMC, they did not forsake us in our time of need and are always there to support our community”, she added.

Barangay Talavera resident Ricky Eleguir was also thankful for receiving Bangus, saying that “Thank you for another blessing NAC-HMC. Thank you for the free viand”.

UFAOBS President Lilibeth G. Becera was also thankful for the support and trust given by NAC-HMC to her group. “We are thankful for the assistance given by NAC-HMC to UFAOBS and the confidence they have in us. They bought our first harvest at P140 per kilo.”

“As a group, the officers and members of UFAOBS are also happy that we were able to help our fellow residents during this pandemic. Who would have thought that our livelihood project would help not only the residents in our community Sitio Bagong Silang but also to that of the residents in Sitio Campandan and Barangay Talavera? Thank you NAC-HMC for trusting us and giving us the opportunity to help our community”, said Mrs. Becera.

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Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) distributed P 1,600,456.00 worth of food packs to its host communities. The food packs distributed to residents of Barangay Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang and Sitio Campandan contained 15 kilos rice, 5 cans sardines, 5 cans corned beef, 5 cans beef loaf, 5 pcs. noodles, 5 pcs. pancit canton, 700 grams milk, 1 kilo sugar, 2 pcs. soap and 5 stubs of vitamins. NAC-HMC distributed the food packs to its host communities with assistance from Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) teachers and college scholars last May 14 and 15, 2020.These were additional food packs given by NAC-HMC to its host communities, with the initial food packs distributed last March 31, 2002 with the assistance from Barangay and Sitio officials along with the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of their respective areas.“The food packs distributed per household to the host communities of NAC-HMC is a big help especially to families whose means of earning was affected by the confinement measures of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) implementation due to CoVID-19”, said Sitio Campandan Chairman Jelion Gealogo. “Personally, I am not much affected by the confinement measures since I have a fish cage. I continue to earn a living. However, not all of us here in Sitio Campandan has a fish cage. The food packs given by NAC-HMC to our community is indeed a big assistance to most families living here in Sitio Campandan”, added Sitio Chairman Gealogo.For Sitio Campandan resident Anecita Donaire, the food packs provided by NAC-HMC was much welcomed by her family, saying that, “I and my family are grateful to NAC-HMC for the rice, canned goods, noodles, milk and vitamins they provided. This is a very big help to my family since it is difficult to earn money during the ECQ. I am also thankful for the bangus, seedlings and fertilizers the company has given to us Sitio Campandan residents. Thank you NAC-HMC”.Barangay Talavera resident Imelda Kosca was also thankful not only for the additional food packs her family received from NAC-HMC but also to the other assistance she has received from the company, “I am very thankful for the support given by NAC-HMC to our community, we received rice from them last March and they also provided us with additional food packs last May”, she said.“The food packs they provided is a big benefit to us since until now we still do not need to buy rice. Although being a small family is a factor that we were able to save money since the rice was already provided. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to NAC-HMC for the assistance they provided for us residents of Barangay Talavera since the start of this pandemic”, she also added.Siito Bagong Silang resident Lester Plaza also expressed his gratitude for the assistance provided by NAC-HMC during the pandemic. “I am thankful and blessed of the support given by NAC-HMC to our community. We are thankful to the company and to the management and staff for the additional food packs. Thank you NAC-HMC for the unconditional support and thank you for being a responsible mining company”, said Lester Plaza. Shaina Gemparo, a resident of Sitio Bagong Silang, also shared the same sentiment, saying that, “I have always been thankful to NAC-HMC for their unparalleled kindness, unfading support and being responsible at all times. My gratitude to NAC-HMC management and staff for the blessings you have given us. I am proud to say that we have a responsible mining company in our community that is always ready to help”. Aside from providing food packs to the residents of its host communities, NAC-HMC also provided host community front liners with thermal scanners, alcohols, face masks, face shields and gloves which would help them in detecting individuals who may display symptoms of fever and assist them in their efforts to help keep their community CoVID-19 free.

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