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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