Didipio Mine allots P169M fund for Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino

By: Philippine Resources February 05, 2024

The Didipio Mine’s CDF TWG chaired by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 2, represented by MGB R2 Regional Director Engr. Mario A. Ancheta, with the following members: Social Development Section Chief Demetrio B. Corsino, Mine Environmental Management Section Head Emely Delmendo, Commission on Human Rights Region 02 (CHR) represented by Atty. Jose Rory Valera, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples NCIP Region 02 represented by Regional Director Atty. Ronaldo M. Daquioag, CESO III, Municipal Planning Officers and Sangguniang Bayan Members.

The Didipio Gold-Copper Mine has set aside PhP 169 million for its Community Development Fund (CDF) this year, benefitting 52 barangays in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. This is a 24% increase from their 2023 allocation of PhP 136 million.

“We have expanded the CDF coverage to 52 barangays in 2024 from 44 last year. This is proof of our commitment of mining gold for a better future for our communities in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino” Atty. Joan Adaci-Cattiling, Didipio Mine President and External Affairs and Social Performance General Manager, said.

Didipio Mine’s CDF proceeds now includes the municipalities of Bambang, Bayombong, Solano, Dupax Del Sur, Bagabag and Diadi in Nueva Vizcaya, and Saguday and Nagtipunan in Quirino, in addition to their original beneficiaries in Kasibu and Dupax del Norte in Nueva Vizcaya and Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun and Maddela in Quirino.

“We are grateful that the Didipio Mine has included us in their initiatives, even though we are not directly within the SDMP barangays. We eagerly look forward to exploring more partnership opportunities with the Didipio Mine,” Municipality of Solano Sangguniang Bayan Member Regie Valino-Valdez said.

To determine the projects for CDF implementation, the Didipio Mine is hosting a series of Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings with stakeholders. The TWG is chaired by the Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 2. Among its members are representatives from the Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and representatives from the different municipalities.

This year's proceeds are targeted to fund farm-to-market roads, road improvements and multi-purpose buildings for the barangays in the abovementioned municipalities. 

“These consultations with the communities under the guidance of the MGB, CHR, and the NCIP ensure that we are on the right track by listening to the proposals of our beneficiaries, allowing us to provide the appropriate multi-sectoral support to our communities,” Adaci-Cattiling added.

Last year, the PhP 136 million-CDF was utilized for the construction of multipurpose buildings, concrete and all-season farm-to-market roads, village roads, health centers, canals and flood river control systems, water systems, school buildings and facilities, hanging bridges and the CDF-Indigenous peoples scholarship program, among others.

The CDF was first implemented in 2022 and is considered as a “one of a kind” component of the Didipio Mine’s Financial or Technical Assistance Addendum and Renewal Agreement. Aside from the CDF, Didipio Mine also provides the following funding under its FTAA: Social Development and Management Program Fund, the Provincial Development Fund, and its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The SDMP is sourced from 1.5 percent of the Mine’s Annual Operating Cost, while the CDF and PDF account for 1.5 percent of its gross mining revenues from the preceding calendar year. The CDF allocation is guided by seven pillars of benefit-sharing: Infrastructure, Enterprise Development, Socio-cultural or IP Program, Capacity Building, Disaster Response/Management and Environment, Health and Education.

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