Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) Spends 15.7 Million to Assist Odette Victims
by Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022
Photo: Distribution of hygiene kits (2nd wave) to 808 household in the three host communities
Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) spends 15.7 million pesos to assist families affected by Super typhoon Odette in its host and neighboring communities, Municipality of Tagana-an, City Government of Surigao, and the Province of Surigao del Norte.
Of the 15.7 million, 13.2 million is from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the company, and the remaining 2.4 million is from the realigned 2022 1st Quarter Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
Among the activities conducted as part of the relief operation assistance of NAC-HMC were: provision of 5 kilos of rice to a total of 808 households in its three host communities - Barangay Talavera, Sitio Campandan, and Sitio Bagong Silang; provision of 10 canned goods and 5 noodles per household in the three host communities; provision of additional 10 canned goods, 5 noodles with hygiene kit per household in the three host communities; provision of 1 sack of rice per household in the three host communities; provision of medicines for gastroenteritis/diarrhea (pagsusuka-pagtatae) to community health centers; provision of Hygiene kits (2nd wave) per household in the three host communities; provision of 500 sacks of rice to the Municipality of Tagana-an; provision of 1,500 sacks of rice, 15,000 canned goods & 15,000 noodles to the Province of Surigao del Norte; provision of 2 units big chainsaw to Sitio Bagong Silang and Sitio Campandan; Provided 40 folding beds to LGU-Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang & Sitio Campandan; provision of free purified drinking water to all employees at HMC water refilling station; provision of 500 sacks of rice to the City Government of Surigao; provision of 300 sacks of rice, 7,500 canned goods, and 7,500 noodles to Congressman Robert Ace Barbers’ relief operation; extended financial assistance of ₱ 20,000.00 to all affected regular employees and ₱ 10,000 to all regular seasonal employees residing in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands; provision of 10 canned goods and 5 noodles with additional hygiene kits (3rd wave) per household in the three host communities; 1 sack of rice (2nd wave) per household in the three host communities; and provision of coffee, milk and milo sachets per household in the three host communities.
The chairperson for the Representative of Host and Neighboring Communities (RHNC) of Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC), Hon. Eulita M. Borja, Talavera brgy. Kagawad, is grateful of the activities made by NAC-HMC in providing assistance to her community.
“As the chairperson of RHNC, I am thankful for the assistance provided by NAC-HMC to Brgy. Talavera, Sitio Bagong Silang, and Sitio Campandan. We received various important items such as sacks of rice, medicine, canned goods, milk, coffee, shampoo, and toothpaste among many others. During the period of difficulty brought upon by Super Typhoon Odette, HMC was always there to provide assistance to our community:”
“I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the management of NAC and HMC; Engr. Francisco J. Arañes, Jr., HMC Resident Mine Manager; Antonio B. Resuera, Jr., HMC ComRel Manager, and to all their staff. Thank you for all your help, may God continue to bless you and your company”, she added.
Jeremeh Atillo, resident of Sitio Bagong Silang also shared the same thankful sentiment to NAC-HMC, “The help provided by HMC was very much welcomed, especially for me and my family since when Odette hit, we did not have any money to buy basic necessities such as food and water. I am very much grateful for all the things we received from the relief operation and assistance of NAC-HMC.”
Ednalyn Japona, resident of Sitio Bagong Silang, also expressed her thanks to NAC-HMC for the assistance provided to her family and her community. “The assistance provided by NAC-HMC was vital for our family since we did not have a means of livelihood when we were hit by Odette. The relief goods we received such as canned goods, noodles, and rice among many others were really a great help. The items we got from HMC provided us with strength to continue and persevere despite what we have gone through. Thank you very much NAC-HMC for your assistance, through your help, we were able to provide for the daily food needs of our families. Salamat karajaw NAC-HMC.”
Fellow Sitio Bagong Silang resident Virginia Amarille also expressed her gratitude to NAC-HMC, “We are very much happy with the assistance provided by NAC-HMC. If there was no NAC-HMC, we would not know how we will go about our daily lives, it would be very hard for us to survive from the disaster brought about by Typhoon Odette without their help. Thank you very much NAC-HMC.”
Maria Nena Jugar, resident of Brgy. Talavera is also grateful to NAC-HMC, “Even though our house was damaged by Typhoon Odette, we are very thankful to NAC-HMC for providing food through their various relief assistance, we were able to eat three times a day because of the support they provided. My family and our community did not experience as much hardship as other typhoon affected communities because of the help we receive from NAC-HMC. They always provided support and did not forsake us in our time of need, thank you very much NAC-HMC.”
Editha Bellona, resident of Brgy. Talavera, likened NAC-HMC to heroes because of the support they provided not only to her family, but also to her community. “I see them as our heroes during the time of the calamity, the assistance they provided to our community really helped us cope with the effects of the disaster. NAC-HMC is always ready and willing to provide support to its communities. We received various important items to help us every day, even now; their assistance to our community has never stopped and continues to help us get back on our feet. Thank you NAC-HMC.”
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Philippine Resources - April 01, 2021
Hinatuan Mining Corp Gives Additional Support to Talavera United Women's Association
Nickel Asia Corp. - Hinatuan Mining Corp. (NAC-HMC) gives additional support to Talavera United Women's Association (TUWA) by providing delivery service motorcycle and pump boat. TUWA, is one of the People's organizations (POs) supported by the Social Development and Management Program of NAC-HMC. TUWA owns and manages Island’s Pure Water Refilling Station in Barangay Talavera. The vehicles turned-over by NAC-HMC to their organization will be utilized in to transport and distribute their products to customers in Brgy. Talavera and in nearby island communities. “The support provided by NAC-HMC to TUWA is part of the company’s commitment to assist its communities in their aspiration for a sustained growth by providing investments to support livelihood programs”, said NAC-HMC Community Organizer Allan O. Bandoy Jr. He also added that the provision of delivery vehicles is a way of providing assistance to TUWA to help them expand their target market, “With the additions of the delivery service motorcycle, TUWA can deliver their products to customers far from their business location. The pump boat can also be utilized to cater to clients from neighboring island communities.” Grateful for the Support TUWA officers and members are very grateful for the support provided by NAC-HMC to their Water Refilling Business. “The delivery service motorcycle and pump boat are a welcome addition to our business. These delivery vehicles are very helpful not only to us but also to our clients as well”, said TUWA Vice President Wendelina N. Arbis. “With the addition of a delivery service motorcycle, we can supply to more customers here in our island barangay. We can deliver 5 gallons of water to clients far from our water refilling station. We can also serve clients outside of our barangay, specially those in our neighboring islands, with the help of the pump boat,” she further added. TUWA Secretary Gelba C. Escultura is also thankful for the support. “We are very grateful to NAC-HMC for their support. With the aid of the delivery service vehicles, we can accommodate more customers and our delivery boy will have an easier task.” Less Hassle for Customers “Most of our customers are housewives since they are the ones left to tend their homes when their husbands go to work. Before receiving the delivery service motorcycle from NAC-HMC, they would hire someone to get their orders from our water refilling station to their homes. Nowadays, all they need to do is to text, chat or give us a call when they need water. Placing an order and getting water from us is much easier and less hassle for our clients”, said Mrs. Arbis Mrs. Escultura also stated that, “Our customers can get water from our water refilling station without the need to go outside their homes. For those residing in Barangay Talavera, all they need to do is to ready an empty 5-gallon container in their homes and our delivery boy will get it and send it to our water refilling station to be filled, and will be delivered back to them. “For customers in other islands, they need to inform us of the number of 5-gallon containers they need filled. For example, if they need 5 5-gallon containers filled, we will deliver 5 5-gallon containers already filled and we will take 5 5-gallon empty containers,” added Mrs. Arbis. Additional Income “The addition of the delivery service motorcycle and pump boat has enabled us to cater to more customers. It also helped us gain new patrons. It also helped our business gain an additional income since we can charge an additional 5 pesos per delivery”, said Mrs. Arbis. Mrs. Escultura also added that, “some clients who previously get their water from Surigao City have transferred to us. Our prices are cheaper compared to the price of water delivered from Surigao City. With the help of the delivery service motorcycle and pump boat, we are able to accommodate and satisfy the needs of these additional customers.”
Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021
HMC Support to College Scholars During Pandemic
Contributing to a brighter future for its communities is one of the commitments of Hinatuan Mining Corporation-Tagana-an Nickel Project (HMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC). One way to uphold this commitment is by providing investments to support education programs. “The commitment to provide support to education is not hindered by the current pandemic, HMC continues to provide assistance to education programs such as: provision of basic school supplies, basic school fees and matriculation, monthly subsidy to day care workers and teachers and support for college students continue”, said Ms. Myline G. Becera, NAC-HMC Community Development Coordinator. “To date, HMC has a total of 19 college scholars. 16 are funded by the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of HMC and 3 are funded by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”, said Ms. Becera. Educational Support to College Scholars For Shaina G. Gemparo, 2nd year student taking BS Fishery at Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) Malimono Campus, the support given by HMC to her education is important. “There are many benefits I get as a college scholar from HMC. First of all, the monthly allowance I receive is crucial for me as a fisheries student studying in Malimono since we have school projects which require me to spend. “Secondly, I am thankful for the boarding house allowance since we need a place to stay in Malimono. Our mode of learning is not entirely remote, from time to time, we are required to meet at school for assignments and projects that require face to face interaction. The support provided by HMC has lessen the burden shouldered by my parents. They no longer need to spend money on my education”, she further added. Debbie G. Gemparo, a teacher by profession, is also thankful for the educational assistance provided by HMC to her daughters. Aside from Shaina, her other daughter Nikki also studies at SSCT Malimono taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) is also a scholar of HMC. “I am grateful to HMC for supporting the tertiary education of 2 of my daughters. This is a very big help to our family. Our expenses are lessened since we no longer have to spend much for the educational needs of my daughters since they are scholars of HMC. All they need in school such as basic school fees, place to stay, and food are provided for by HMC”. Support to Remote Learning “As a student during this pandemic, the support provided by HMC is crucial since majority of our classes are conducted online. I use the monthly allowance I receive from HMC to buy WIFI and internet load. Our classes are mostly online, though there are some which require us to meet face to face. I am also thankful for the boarding house allowance of HMC, we do not have to worry where we will stay in Surigao City for classes that we are required to be present physically”, said Angelica P. Laspoña, 1st year student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED)at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City. Jessa R. Gemparo, 1st year student taking up BEED at SSCT Malimono Campus, also expressed her gratitude for the support provided by HMC to her as a scholar. “We use the monthly allowance we receive as scholars for internet to participate in online classes. Some of the allowance we also use as expenses when we need to attend classes in school since not all of our classes are conducted online. Our study is a mix of online and module learning. As of now, the lockdown imposed in Malimono restricts our movement as students, but does not hinder us from improving our knowledge through online learning.” “I am thankful for the opportunity provided by HMC for having me as their scholar. I do not need to ask for assistance from my family to spend for internet connection since HMC provides me with a monthly allowance. Our classes are fully online, we only go to our campus when there are projects and assignments that cannot be sent online”, said Rynelyn Diaz, a 2nd year student of Bachelor of Arts in English Language at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City. Rodofo Diaz, a fisherman by profession and father of Rynelyn is also grateful to HMC for the scholarship given to her daughter, “The support given by HMC is a big help not only to my daughter but also to my family, Rynelyn is one of my 5 children and she is the only one studying in college.” Lester Plaza, 2nd year student taking BS Fishery at SSCT Malimono Campus, is also appreciative of the support provided by HMC. “Being a scholar of HMC has a lot of benefits, specially financially which is important in remote learning for internet connection to stay online. The monthly allowance I receive from HMC is not only advantageous to me but also to my family. I remember in the past when there was a lockdown imposed in our community as part of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to local transmission of CoVID-19, we were able to buy food using the monthly college scholar allowance I saved” “I am thankful to HMC for their support, they are always there. They are our guide to help us reach our dreams”, he added.
Philippine Resources - November 28, 2021
HMC Turns Over 3 Computers to Cantugas Cultural National High School in Support of TESDA Program
Graduation and Distribution of Starter Toolkits and turn-over of Desktop Computers to Cantugas Cultural National High School Hinatuan Mining Corp. (HMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), has turned over 3 computer desktops and printers to Cantugas Cultural National High School during the Graduation and Distribution of Starter Toolkits at Cantugas Gym, Mainit, Surigao del Norte. The graduation ceremony was for the students of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), who completed the Animal Production (Poultry Chicken) NC II course. The activity was attended by TESDA Caraga Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi, Provincial Director Catalina O. Tacubao, Supervising TESD Specialist Buenafe G. Enaya, and Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) College Administrator Abegail B. Eupeña. Municipal Mayor Crisanta O. Mondano and Mainit Sangguniang Bayan Members, Brigadier General George L. Banzon of the 901st Infantry Brigade, Lt. Col. Ryan Callanta of the 30th Infantry Brigade, Dr. Ma. Teresa M. Real Superintendent of DepEd Surigao del Norte, and the Indigenous People (IPs) of Cantugas with their Brgy. Captain Hon. Perfecto G. Galvez also attended. On behalf of Engr. Francisco J. Arañes, Jr., Resident Mine Manager; Michelle V. Baliña, Surigao Liaison Office (SLO) Manager, represented HMC during the graduation and turnover ceremony. The activity was conducted in line with the mantra “TESDA, Abot Lahat” of Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, Caraga Cares of RD Mapandi, President Rodrigo Duterte’s Legacy on Barangyanihan Caravan, and implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 programs carried out through Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) chaired by TESDA. EO 70 or the “Institutionalizing the Whole of Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace and Creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)” was signed last November 2018 to institutionalize 12 Lines of Effort to address the different aspects of the local communist armed conflict. One of the 12 Lines under the NTF-ELCAC is the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) being led by TESDA. It aims to develop self-reliant, productive, resilient, and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs, including Indigenous Peoples in far-flung areas of the country. Brig. Gen. George L. Banzon of the 901st Infantry Brigade in Surigao del Norte expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the government agencies and private organizations that made the event possible. “Thank you very much HMC for the support your company has provided. Everything needed was already provided by HMC, they did not only send desktop computers, they also included the Operating System (OS) of the computers and also 3 printers,” said Brig. Gen. Banzon. He also reminded everyone about the importance of working together. “In anything we do, a helping hand is always appreciated. Tasks can be accomplished faster if we have someone to work with. Like what happened today, we worked together with various government agencies and private companies. There is nothing we cannot do if we work together. Thank you again HMC for answering the call of those in need.” TESDA Provincial Director Catalina O. Tacubao also expressed her gratitude to HMC. “We are grateful for the support HMC has provided. Indeed, we can achieve anything as long as we work together for a common goal,” she said.
Philippine Resources - May 26, 2022
Legal framework needed for gov’t to invest in nuclear power plant
Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Gerardo Erguiza Jr. said there is a need to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) to enable the government to invest in nuclear power plants. This, as the incoming administration has expressed its support in considering a nuclear power plant to be part of the country’s energy mix. “As of now, the government does not have the ability to put up conventional nuclear power plant because the National Power Corp. does not have mandate on this,” Erguiza said in Filipino during the Laging Handa public briefing Wednesday. With the privatization of the power sector under the EPIRA, the government could not enter into power generation. “But we can align together, with the drafting or putting up of the regulatory framework, we can amend our laws to include the government among those that can fund a nuclear power plant,” he added. Erguiza said that based on studies of the Korean Hydro Nuclear Power Company of South Korea and ROSATOM of Russia, they have found out that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) can still be rehabilitated. According to ROSATOM, an investment of around USD3 billion to USD4 billion is needed to revive the BNPP. Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. earlier mentioned that part of his energy agenda is to revive the BNPP to become an additional source of clean and cheap power. On the other hand, Erguiza said the government can invest in power generation using small modular reactors, the latest nuclear energy technology, in missionary areas that are not connected to the grid.
Philippine Resources - May 26, 2022
Dutch gov’t backs SMC, Boskalis in P740 billion Bulacan Airport project
Photo credit: Palafox Dutch gov’t backs SMC, Boskalis in P740 billion Bulacan Airport project San Miguel Corporation (SMC) received its strongest support yet for its game-changing P740-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project in Bulacan following the approval of the Dutch government of an export credit insurance (ECI) for the project’s land development phase. The approval comes after over a year of rigorous review of the project’s long-term environmental and social impact mitigation measures to ensure that the multi-billion project is done with sustainability in mind and aligned with the country’s climate ambitions. The Dutch government, represented by Atradius Dutch State Business (DSB), extended the ECI to Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., to cover its EUR 1.5 billion contract for land development works at the airport project site in Bulakan, Bulacan. The NMIA project is the largest in Boskalis’ over 100-year history, and is also the largest export credit agency (ECA) insurance policy granted in the 90-year history of Atradius. SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang thanked the Dutch government for its support to NMIA, a project seen to catalyze sustainable economic growth for the Philippines, especially post-pandemic. It is seen to deliver over a million jobs to Filipinos. “This is a significant milestone not only for San Miguel and the NMIA project, but for the entire country. With this, we are closer to our dream of having a world-class, future-ready, and sustainably-built international gateway, proudly built by Filipinos for the Philippines. This also validates our work with Boskalis to ensure that this project is done right, and will provide long-term economic, environmental, and social benefits to our host communities and Bulacan province,” Ang said. In a statement posted on Boskalis’ international website, its CEO Peter Berdowski, said: “I am very pleased that all the hard work with a large team of experts has been successfully completed (today). For more than a year, we have worked intensively with Atradius DSB to ensure that the construction of the new airport will take place in a socially responsible manner.” He added: “In collaboration with Atradius DSB, the Dutch embassy, we succeeded in developing a broadly supported plan with an eye for the local community and the preservation of biodiversity. I would like to thank all those involved for their contribution to the positive decision of the State.” In the same statement, Atradius DSB Managing Director Bert Bruning said: “This project is unique on so many levels. Firstly, of course, as a very important contract for our client Boskalis, but also for us, as the largest ECA policy in our 90-year history,” he said. “In addition, I am proud of the fact that together with Boskalis and San Miguel, by keeping up the dialogue, we were able to ensure that the project is to meet international standards in the field of environmental and social conditions. In doing so, we have not only contributed to making this wonderful contract possible built also really made a difference together for the local communities and nature.” As part of the ECI process, a large group of experts from San Miguel, together with Boskalis and four renowned consultancy firms, conducted an extensive environmental and social impact assessment in accordance with the highest international standards. This process also included the conduct of impact analyses and compensation packages for adverse effects of the project. “This shows that the airport project and our environmental and social mitigation plans are not only sound, but robust and strong, given they can pass not only international standards but the exacting requirements of the Dutch government. It is another testament to the ability of Filipinos to be world-class,” Ang said. “We will continue to work with Atradius, the banks, experts, national and local government, and all stakeholders to ensure we will build this project in a sustainable manner and in compliance with the highest international environment and social standards,” Ang reaffirmed. added. The airport project will feature four parallel runways, a world-class terminal, and a modern and interlinked infrastructure network that includes expressways and railways. Article courtesy of San Miguel Corp
Philippine Resources - May 25, 2022
CTPCMC Allocates 7.7M for COVID-19 Initiatives
Article by: Roniel R. Arguillas - CTPCMC ICE Officer BAYANIHAN AMIDST THE COVID-19 BATTLE In order to protect and improve the lives of the people within the host and neighboring communities pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation or CTPCMC allocated 7.7 million pesos intended for the implementation of projects, programs, and activities (PPAs) on COVID-19 prevention. Through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) under Adlay Mining Project (AMP) and Dahican Nickel Project (DNP) the company implemented essential PPAs in the year 2021. The beneficiaries of PPAs were from the Host and Neighboring communities specifically Barangay Adlay, Barangay Dahican and Municipality of Carrascal. With an allocated budget of P2,060,803.78, a Covid-19 Assistance Center was put up to be the second line of support to the host communities if their existing Isolation Rooms have been fully occupied. The company’s employees and their dependents are to be prioritized in the center. The center is offering services which include free isolation room for those who are identified and confirmed as covid-19 patients, free vitamins, and over-the-counter drugs, 24/7 monitoring by health personnel and stand-by oxygen concentrators. Another PPA was the provision of 59 medical equipment and kits to Barangay Adlay. The provision included pulse oximeter, thermal scanner, LCD full digital ultrasound machine, hospital bed and refrigerator as vaccine storage. The turnover was done on December 14, 2021, held at Barangay Hall of Adlay. It was attended by Engr. Charlo R. Basadre CTPCMC Resident Mine Manager, Charid O. Cuadrillero ComRel Manager, Hon. Norberto O. Rubi Jr. Barangay Captain, and Raquel Bungcaras assigned nurse. “These are very essential and a huge help to the key front liners and to the people within the community.” Hon. Rubi said during the turnover. The company also provided two SDMP Emergency Response Vehicles for health-related emergencies.