Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Community Safety a Priority in Rizal Quarry Group of Operators
“We need our people to lead and embrace change. It’s going to be about increased productivity, efficiency and being more sustainable and responsive in a social and environmental sense. It’s about embracing disruption, not fearing it.” - Angelita Lee; President, Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA)To create a strong safety culture in medium to high risk professions such as quarrying and mining, behaviour- based transformation is necessary. On April 4 2019, the Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA), together with 245 participants from different companies and 25 barangays within the province of Rizal attended an emergency awareness and preparedness seminar at the Ynares Event Center in Antipolo City, Rizal. In line with celebrating its 23rd Anniversary, Lee invited as one of its speakers, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) doctor, Teofredo ‘Ted’ T. Esguerra, or popularly known as ‘Everest Doc’. Esguerra is the medical member of the elite medical rescue team: The Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART) of the Philippine Coast Guard, who specializes on High Altitude Medicine, Wilderness EMS, and Air Medical Evacuation. Aside from being an accomplished flight surgeon, Esguerra was also the Expedition & Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Physician of the Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team, hence the name “Everest Doc”.Quite the speaker for an audience composed of quarry operators and miners! Close to an advocacy, Esguerra drills down to his rapt audience the need to be prepared even before a calamity strikes. Esguerra says “disaster preparedness is a skill that shouldn’t just be taught in our workplaces. It should start from the home. For a country that is scourged with yearly calamities, it is crucial that we are equipped with life skills in the most literal sense of the word!” More than just an associationAside from its annual safety awareness and fire prevention seminars, Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA) has spearheaded and continue to maintain the ‘Agro-Forestry Project’ (Reforestation) under former President Aquino’s National Greening Program, and established a school in partnership with TESDA, called the Rizal Quarry Academy, Inc., that offers technical skill courses suited for those engaged in the mining and quarrying industry wherein the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG) of Rizal Quarry operators are being used as its fund. Founded with the mission of promoting the optimum utilization of the country’s natural resources through sustainable development, the Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA) is a group of quarry operators and miners who have coordinated efforts among mining associations, groups, individuals, and other mining entities. Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build program’ and a responsible quarrying industry Quarry products provide the basis for our transport network - roads, railways and airports - and for our water and sewerage systems. Without quarries, we would not have the stone, gravel and sand that go into any form of construction. Stone is an essential component, therefore quarries underpin a country's ongoing development and play a vital role in a nation's economy.It goes without saying that the Philippines needs an effective quarrying industry to supply us with vital materials necessary for our economy. Furthermore, there is a need for responsible and professional practitioners to operate quarries in a way that is safe, productive and good for our environment. The demand for aggregates will get colossal in the months to come, especially under the Duterte administration.Infrastructure, being one of the top priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administration with public spending on infrastructure projects targeted to reach 8-9 trillion pesos from 2017-2022, is an ambitious program that can be achieved if the players involved in the supply chain are: physically and mentally fit, equipped to perform their tasks in a safe environment, and are professionally trained. Groups such as the Eastern Rizal Miners Association is one of the organizations that try to do their part in helping make this vision a reality.This event was also attended by Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Calabarzon representative Socorro Hernandez, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Officer Mr. Loel Malonzo and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Officer Nathaniel Ladia, with media partner Ka Felix Tambongco of DZRJ.ERMA’s member companies include Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc.,Solid Cement Corporation, LaFarge Holcim Aggregates, Inc., Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Teresa Marble Corporation, Hardrock Aggregates Corporation, Gozon Development Corporation, Monte Rock Corporation, A.C. Equities, Inc., Millex Construction & Development Corp., LDD Drilling and Blasting Management Consultancy, Inc., Orica Philippines, Nitro Asia Company, Inc., Delta Earthmoving Drilling and Blasting Management Group, B.M. Explosives, Inc. and Equirent, Inc. Current ERMA Officers are President - Angelita Lee, VP for Internal Affairs - Annie Dee, VP for External Affairs - Rafael Baldueza, Secretary - Vicente Pulvinar, Asst. Secretary - Christian Neis, Treasurer - Luisa Noche, Asst. Treasurer - Lolita Robles, Auditor - Ariel Yson, PRO - Gil Castro, Cherry White Tan, Mann Mercado, Raymond Gatlabayan, and Advisers - Veronica Lee, Louie Sarmiento, Ed Dacanay.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
From rig to office: Driving seamless connectivity in exploration and mining
Amidst a period of rapid technological change in the mining and exploration sector, Mining Equipment, Technology and services (METS) company IMDEX has established itself as a global technology leader within this space with its two leading brands AMC and REFLEX. As the amount of data being produced increases exponentially, mining companies must determine what information is relevant and how it can be best interpreted. To assist rather than overwhelm clients, IMDEX’s tools and software packages are fully integrated, to allow for rapid interpretation and analysis.“We want people to acquire as much information as they can while the drilling is happening, or immediately afterwards, whilst remembering the most important thing is that our tools can’t impact drilling productivity,” IMDEX General Manager Product Development, Michelle Carey, says.No product better reflects IMDEX’s pursuit of seamless integration than its cloud-based IMDEXHUB-IQ™ software.IMDEXHUB-IQ™ provides a complete software-as-a-service solution for the collection, storage and reporting of critical data from the field. The analytics within IMDEXHUB-IQ™ converts the significant amount of data collected by IMDEX’s instruments into relevant information, which can be accessed by geologists or exploration managers anywhere and at any time.“It is about accurate information, not just data collection,” she says. “There has always been a love/hate relationship between the geologist and the driller but IMDEXHUB-IQ™ is a tool that can help them communicate clearly with each other,” added Carey. “This paperless system eliminates human error and associated inefficiencies from the workflow. With access to survey and in-field rock property data in real-time, decisions can be made while the rig remains operational on site.”The ability to make decisions based on live data is becoming imperative to miners and explorers, a trend IMDEX has been keen to incorporate into IMDEXHUB-IQ™. The power of IMDEXHUB-IQ™ is growing as users extract ever more data from IMDEX’s wide-ranging suite of down-hole instruments and tools. The Company has released a series of new products in recent years with tools such as the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™, REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™ and the REFLEX TN14 GYROCOMPASS™ already being widely adopted in the industry.The REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™ is a hand-held structural logging device, which simply runs along the orientation line on diamond core. Depth is recorded at all times and structural measurements taken at a press of a button.“The idea of taking days or even weeks to collect and interpret structural geology data just isn’t feasible anymore,” Carey says. “We wanted to provide a tool which could speed up the structural logging process and give structural geologists accurate data. We think it will encourage people to want to acquire more oriented drill core to get structural information as soon as possible.”Filminera Resources have been one of the early adopters of IMDEX’s technologies, utilising the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™ at the Masbate Mine.Danny Tondoc, Exploration Manager at Filminera Resources commented, “The REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™ has been fantastic in improving our geotechnical logging. We have minimized the risk of human error as the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™ has simplified and digitised our geotechnical logging workflow. It is simple to use, highly accurate and has allowed us to save many hours of logging core. The REFLEX IQ-LOGGER™ has greatly speeded up our geotech logging operation and increased our logging accuracy.” It is a similar situation with IMDEX’s fleet of down-hole navigation solutions. The Company has been at the forefront of downhole navigation tools for four decades and continues to develop instruments which provide accurate, reliable information in all ground conditions, including both magnetic and non-magnetic ground. Its latest product releases are driller-operable, eliminating the need for additional costs of third-party gyro services providers and technicians. “Down-hole surveying has been a very core part of the business historically,” Carey says. “We have developed new north seeking gyro technology [such as the REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™] as the industry is moving away from magnetic based technology and we want to say to clients whatever survey tool you need, we have the solution. And whatever tool you choose we wrap it in our solution.“Our downhole navigation solution has delivered demonstrable productivity benefits and increased accuracy, giving the geologist continual trace of holes and more accurate data which can then be moved through IMDEXHUB-IQ™,” Carey says. For rig alignment, the REFLEX TN14 GYROCOMPASS™ is a highly accurate driller-operable tool which minimises downtime and saves costs in surface and underground operations. The REFLEX TN14 GYROCOMPASS™ takes approximately 10 minutes to complete self-calibration and within minutes a drill rig can then be aligned to the correct azimuth and dip. Direct data communication with the secure, cloud-based IMDEXHUB-IQ™ allows efficient drill program management in near real time, from anywhere.A Senior Geologist at a major Philippines gold mining operation commented, “Setting up and orienting a drill rig underground has always been a challenge for us, with the need to set up survey stations on each drill platform and align the rig by eye. We need to turnover drill results as fast as possible, so reducing rig down time is key. “Ever since we started using the REFLEX TN14 GYROCOMPASS™, rig setup time has reduced considerably, and we have much more confidence in our rig orientation. Knowing the drill hole is going where we intend it to, right from the start gives us the assurance that we will be hitting our targets.”With the culmination of REFLEX’s easy-to-use, reliable and accurate tools communicating with IMDEXHUB-IQ™, the IMDEX solution is becoming an invaluable way to manage data between the office and the rig. Further integration with third-party software providers such as Seequent’s Central platform means the possibilities are limitless. “We think we know what geologists need and the uptake has been really good, but we recognise how long it takes technology to be fully embraced, not just taken up by the early adopters,” Michelle Carey says. “We are taking these solutions to companies as best practice and I think you’ll see much wider adoption in coming years.“For the last 4-5 years we have been building the plumbing, now we can put the platform on top.”With the principal goal to deliver easy-to-use, reliable and accurate solutions for drillers and mining companies, IMDEX offers the full spectrum of subsurface solutions covering the areas of down-hole navigation, drilling optimisation, driller operable geophysics, in-field geoanalysis and structural geology.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) turns over Fish Processing Center
Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) turns over the Fish Processing Center to Campandan Fisherfolks Association (CAMFISA) as part of its commitment to uplift the lives of the residents of its host communities. A total of 121 members of the CAMFISA members will benefit from the project turnover. All members of CAMFISA are residents of Sitio Campandan, Barangay Talavera, Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte.The Fish Processing Center has two main activities in its building - the bottled fish production and dried fish production. Both of which are also provided by the livelihood aspect of the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of NAC-HMC.CAMFISA members have also undergone various trainings from government agencies such as Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the support provided by NAC-HMC to develop and enhance their skills in dried and bottled fish productions.Apart from trainings with government agencies, basic management and bookkeeping trainings were also sponsored by NAC-HMC for CAMFISA members to help ensure the proper management and sustainability of the bottled and dried fish productions project.CAMFISA President Christopher Madraga is thankful for the project provided by NAC-HMC and also reminded fellow CAMFISA members that they should work together for the good of the project and their organization, saying that “Daku akong pasalamat sa SDMP NAC-HMC. Sa akoang mga kauban sa CAMFISA, kinahanglan kita magtambayayong, mga opisyales man o mga miyembro kinahanglan kita magkahiusa kita aron maglambo sad kita, dili kay mag iyaiya. Apil kita tanan.” He also added that, “Nindot kaau ang ilaha gihatag na pinaskohan sa ato, daku kaau na proyekto. Akoa lng hangyo sa tanang myembro na mgtinabangay gajud. Sa mga dili pa myembro, pwede na mo mgpa myembro kay mag operation na kita.Manghinaut ko na kini atong dried fish ug bottled fish musustener gajud hangtud sa hangtud para makatagamtam ang atong mga anak, atong mga apo kay alang man pud ini sa nagsunod ug dili lang kay alang kanato karon” (They have given us a wonderful Christmas present, which is a very big project. I ask all members that we should help one another. To those that are still not members, we are inviting you to join us as we will now start our operation. I hope that our dried and bottled fish projects will be sustainable and still be operational in the time not only of our sons and daughters but also in the time of our grandchildren as well. I hope this will happen as this project is also for our future and not only for us).Barangay Talavera Councilor Eulita C. Borja, who was also present during the turn-over ceremony, also shared the same sentiment of CAMFISA President Madraga, adding that, “You should take care of this project and do everything to help one another as it will be good for your future, and you should also be thankful of the projects provided by NAC-HMC and take care of all of it to sustain the projects.”
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Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Green Acres completes 2 DPWH projects in Butuan, Iloilo
Green Acres has already completed two projects this year from January to March. Both have been DPWH projects; Green Acres has been working closely with this government department to update their hydroseeding specifications to include modern vegetation establishment mulches, namely their core product ‘HydroStraw All In One (BFM)’. The first project of the year was located in Agusan, Del Norte, Butuan. The project involved the application of Green Acres hydroseeding products in conjunction with geo textile matting. The second project located in Iloilo involved combining multiple products for the challenging site. It was decided to use Green Acres; HydroStraw and Summit Seed hydroseeding products in combination with Takino filter erosion control matting which has geo textile component. Through the course of both projects Green Acres was able to showcase the usability and benefits of the hydroseeding process for these DPWH projects. Highlighting the fast establishment nature of the process as a whole. Many representatives of DPWH and other private companies were present and able to watch the process and see the fast and effective results first hand.The core products Green Acres focus’ on are: - HydroStraw All In One (BFM) – A vegetation establishment mulch which already incorporates the required: Tackifiers, Balanced NPK Fertilizers and Soil Amendments.- GAH Vegetator Mix – A seed mix consisting of three species of grass: Rye Grass, Bermuda and Paspalum. Providing both fast and long-term ground cover. Green Acres has also recently added silt socks to their product list. The silt sock product is a three (3) dimensional tubular run-off & erosion control device used for slope interruption. The product is applied prior to hydroseeding and is advised when hydroseeding sloped areas to mitigate potential wash out issues in areas with heavy rainfall. The slope interruption minimizes the risk of erosion and washouts by dissipating the energy of overland run off water, reducing its erosive potential. Green Acres also supplies high quality equipment for their customers, a range designed by HydroStraw LLC for markets like the Philippines with a focus on usability on projects with access issues. This being the case the range is focused on smaller units. Currently offering the following sizes:- 550 Gallon (2,000 L)- 900 Gallon (3,500 L)- 1,200 Gallon (4,500 L)All of the above products are supplied in conjunction with HydroStraw LLC USA and Summit Seed USA, who are in fact the U.S. partners of Green Acres Hydroseeding Inc. Both companies have been in their respective industries for 25+ years providing top quality products and supporting their partners where ever possible. Green Acres works on an honest, transparent system. Focused on finding the best solution for their customers individual needs. Doing so with various combinations of their products, services and highly skilled team members. Upon assessment of the project via site visit, their team will discuss and offer various solutions to individual clients. These solutions can loosely be categorised as one of the below systems:- Complete Solutions: This involves Green Acres supplying products and installing them on the behalf of their customers entirely. - Self-Installation: This involves Green Acres supplying products, equipment and setting up their customers with training. Supplying supervision for as long as necessary and then remotely supporting as needed. The company also offers other cost saving alternatives. Allowing their customers to use their own equipment and labour where possible or even providing their own mobilization. The goal being to support their customers in a way that best suits their needs. Green Acres hopes to modernize rehabilitation and vegetation establishment throughout the Philippines and South East Asia. Doing this through the modern hydroseeding technologies they’re now providing their customers throughout South East Asia. Through their flexible, cost effective services and top-quality products, Green Acres hopes to help their customers grow their own solutions.
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 - email@example.comFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/DiwataResourceDevt/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/DiwataResrcDevtInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/diwataresourcedevt/ Website - http://www.diwata.org/
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Hino shows gesture of appreciation with movie night screenings
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country, recently expressed its appreciation to some of its customers and media partners for their invaluable support with a special block screening of selected movies.Hino has always been committed to offering “Total Support” to Filipinos nationwide with its lineup of premium quality trucks and buses. Thanks to the unending loyalty of customers and efforts of several media partners and publications, more people are now learning about Hino as the one-stop shop for all their truck and bus needs.“We are working relentlessly to provide premium quality trucks and buses as we envision a more connected community. We have always aimed to deliver goods and people safely and efficiently to their destination by reducing downtime and increasing maximum performance whatever it takes,” shares HMP President, Mr. Mitsuharu Tabata.Mr. Tabata delivers a short message to officially start the film showing, which is held at the Director’s Club cinema in S’ Maison, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Some of the block screening were attended by HMP executives including HMP AVP for Business and Product Planning, Mr. Tomohiro Oshita, HMP Sales Advisor, Mr. Kazuki Shimizu and Hino Motors, Ltd. Japan Assistant Manager for Asia and Oceania Division, Ms. Chihiro Hasegawa.Some of the films included in the Hino movie night are Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. More upcoming movies are in the pipeline for the monthly movie night especially prepared for the Hino customers. For a full cinematic experience, Hino branded blankets are given to attendees to complement the lazy boy seating in the theaters. Complimentary popcorns and snacks are also served to all movie goers.HMP has been engaged in the assembly and exclusive distribution of quality Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines for more than 40 years now. HMP addresses the transport needs of businesses ranging from small and medium enterprises to big corporations by providing safe, durable and reliable trucks and buses. It has always been Hino’s vision to deliver goods and people to where they need to go in the most efficient manner possible without the compromise in engine performance and environmental impact. Hino’s Euro 4 lineup is the company’s responsibility to contribute to environmental sustainability.About Hino Motors Philippines CorporationHino Motors Philippines Corporation (HMP) is primarily engaged in the exclusive assembly and distribution of quality Hino trucks and buses, distribution of genuine Hino spare parts, and the manufacture and distribution of other automotive-related products and services in the Philippines.Originally incorporated in March 1975 under the name Pilipinas Hino Inc. (PHI) before it changed its name to HMP in 2015, the company is a joint venture among Filipino investors, Hino Motors, Ltd., and the Marubeni Corporation of Japan.
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Philippine Resources - April 04, 2019
Reducing pump bearing failures with lubricators
When pumping slurry, gland seals can be prone to leakage. This is often caused by inadequate maintenance, incorrect lubrication application, poor quality gland water, or a combination of all three. Plant operators should be vigilant against gland seal leakage as it can cause premature bearing assembly failures, leading to downtime. Gland Maintenance Inadequate gland maintenance can cause leakage, spraying slurry or water directly onto the pump’s bearing assembly. If this penetrates the bearings, there is a high risk of failure.In some instances, incorrect gland seal adjustment causes unwanted leakage. This can be resolved by regularly adjusting the seal and ensuring seal water supply is high quality and free of abrasive particles. Bearing assembly lubrication In addition to contamination ingress from leaking gland seals, Incorrect bearing assemblylubrication volume is another factor to be mindful of. If a pump bearing assembly is over greased, a build-up of excess grease in the bearing assembly cavity can cause grease churning resulting in elevated bearing temperatures. This leads to rapid degradation of grease and subsequent bearing failure. Conversely, if the bearing assembly is under greased, the loss of fluid film lubrication will cause premature bearing wear. When this occurs, the remaining grease will experience accelerated degradation due to internal contamination caused by abrasive wear particles.To help prevent premature bearing assembly failures, Weir Minerals recommends that grease should be regularly supplied to the bearing assembly labyrinth seals using Warman® Accumin® automatic lubricators. This provides a protective barrier against gland leakage and other sources of external contamination whilst also regreasing the bearings.Michael Roinich, Weir Minerals Accumin® Product Specialist states “Our Warman Accumin automatic lubricators are a heavy-duty, single point lubrication system designed specifically for Warman slurry pumps. They deliver the required amount of grease in line with our specifications and are fitted as standard on any new pumps. This helps our customers prevent bearing failures, keeping their operations running smoothly.” The Accumin range is comprised of two lubricators with easy to adjust dispensing systems. The Accumin® 125 lubricator, ideal for smaller pumps, is waterproof, gas operated and ready to use straight out of the box. The 250 model embraces the latest technology and is recommended for larger pumps, featuring a reusable electro-mechanical drive unit embedded with software which can determine fault codes. This model features an LCD display and LED indicators which immediately confirm the lubrication system’s operational status. Accumin® lubricators are suitable for most grease lubricated rotating equipment including conveyors, fans, electric motors, valves, filter belts, vacuum pumps, mechanical seals and gearbox seals.Accumin lubricators maintain a grease barrier within the labyrinth seal. This prevents external contamination ingress into the bearings from gland water or slurry. Using Accumin® lubricators decreases the risk of lubrication related failures and extends the life of the pump. Accumin® lubricators deliver small amounts of grease at regular intervals for a seal purging effect. This allows any contaminated grease to be pushed out before it can further penetrate the bearing assembly. This is preferable to using a manual grease gun to insert a large amount of grease at once, which can result in over greasing and elevated bearing temperatures. The grease dispensing rate, in monthly increments, ranges from one to twelve months, allowing equipment to be lubricated as needed. Furthermore, when compared to multipoint systems, single-point lubricators require less maintenance and are more economical while providing the same benefits. “Our Accumin lubricators are part of our holistic approach to supporting customers, with the product designed to reduce bearing assembly failure for lower total ownership costs. “We are the only manufacturer to provide a heavy-duty lubrication as standard on our pumps, helping our customers get the most out of their equipment,” states Michael Roinich, Weir Minerals Accumin Product Specialist. Adopting a proactive approach to pump maintenance and lubrication will help improve equipment reliability and its lifespan, whilst reducing maintenance costs and downtime. Contact your local Weir Minerals representative today for more information. All the conveyors are hydraulically fold-able.
Philippine Resources - March 29, 2019
CTPCMC Awarded as Regional Fire Olympics and Mine Safety Fire Brigade Competition Champions
By: Marcelle Villegas CTP Construction and Mining Corporation is one of the top 5 nickel mines in the Philippines. They operate the Adlay Mining Project and Dahican Nickel Project in Surigao Del Sur. Having a triple ISO certification is just one of the many notable accomplishments of the company. Last year, they were the champion for the 5th Regional Fire Olympics 2018, Industrial Fire Brigade Category in the Caraga Region. The competition was held last June 1, 2018 at Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. Here is an exclusive feature of Philippine Resources Journal as we interviewed Mr Simplicio E. Oliveros III, the Head of Safety and Health Department of CTPCMC. Fire safety is sometimes trivialized or misunderstood as something that can be accomplished by anyone. However, being a part of a Fire Brigade is not as simple as it sounds. It requires special training and establishing a team of highly competent individuals who are focused, smart and resilient even under pressure. These requirements are essential because the team will be dealing with life threatening situations. Moreover, being a part of the Fire Brigade and Emergency Response Team requires skill, discipline, physical stamina, focus and the ability to analyse and respond to emergency situations quickly and correctly. For those unfamiliar with a Fire Olympics, this is a competition where each team is subjected to fire emergencies and rescue scenarios. “There is a target where we need to hit with water after replacement of busted hose,” according to Mr Oliveros. This trial involves the use of a 6-feet ladder on 12 ranks. On a typical Fire Olympics, there are trials like Pump and Roll with Turret Target, Raising Ladder, Blitz Attack, and more. “The competition determines the fastest and the most accurate team in extinguishing fire,” he adds. For the Rescue and Transfer Relay Operation, members are to execute the different techniques in carrying a victim. CTPCMC’s Safety and Health Department’s work is not only limited within the mine site. They also extend their assistance to outside communities where help might be needed. “In terms of emergency response, we recently responded to a road traffic accident between a motorcycle and a bicycle,” Mr Oliveros said. “We were also the first to respond to Typhoon Basiang [in February 2018]. We support the LGU during calamities. We also conducted a First Aid Training and Mine Rescue [training]. This year, we participated in the Regional Fire Olympic. As a matter of fact, we won!” The Safety and Health Department office has a fascinating array of trophies which reflect his team’s competence and commitment to their work. Their awards include the following: • Champion – Regional Fire Olympics, 2018 (Industrial Fire Brigade Category) • Champion – Regional Fire Olympics, 2017 (Industrial Fire Brigade Category) • Champion – 4th Mine Safety Competition, Mining Summit 2017 • Second Runner Up – Fire Brigade Competition, PMSEA 2017 In the future, they aim to compete in the National Fire Olympic event. He mentioned, “CTP will represent the Caraga region for the National Fire Olympics [in 2019]. Then we also aim to compete in PMSEA for First Aid and the Fire Brigade Competition.” In general, how does the department adhere to its commitment to excellence? Mr Oliveros states that as an ISO-certified company, they continue improving by monitoring tasks and performance, submission of reports for assessment, and regular meetings. In terms of safety in the mine site, they implement various safety measures to assure the prevention of accidents. For example, employees are required to wear safety vests, safety shoes, hard hat, etc. Within the office, they have regular monitoring of operations, a monthly Central Assessment Committee Meeting and Contractors Meeting. They also have a weekly Toolbox Meeting for their drivers and operators. “We are proud to say that we have never had any fatal accidents since 2016,” said Mr Oliveros. CTPCMC is 100% Filipino owned and has been operating since 2007. Aside from being one of the top 5 nickel mines in the Philippines, they are also the second nickel mine in the Philippines that was awarded three ISO certifications. They passed the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS certifications last 2016 and in February 2018. It was upgraded to latest versions, namely ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) along with its existing OHSAS 18001:2007, certified by TÜV Rheinland.
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 - March 12, 2019
CTPCMC creates bamboo plantation
By Marcelle P. VillegasThere are numerous entrepreneurs and environmentalists who have concluded from their research and studies that the bamboo is an excellent choice in a reforestation project. Last year, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation launched their Bamboo Plantation as part of their reforestation program.CTP Construction and Mining Corporation operates the Adlay Mining Project and Dahican Nickel Project in Surigao Del Sur. The company actively participates in the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).From our previous articles about CTP Construction and Mining Corporation (PRJ Issues 2 and 3 – 2018), we had featured the company’s reforestation project and their notable implementation of environmental protection and rehabilitation in their mine site. The company launched Project Gaia in 2017 where their team is composed of women from Barangay Adlay who are assigned for the company’s reforestation activities (plant nursery operations, planting, landscaping and maintenance).The company has a variety of tree species in their reforestation program but why is the bamboo a special part of this endeavour? It is a grass, not a tree. Trees are traditionally planted to create or rehabilitate a forest, so why is a grass like bamboo an excellent choice in a reforestation planning, according to the bamboo experts? Mr Leo Dominguez, President of OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. and an advocate for bamboo planting states that there is an advantage in planting bamboos instead of trees. “I am a lawyer in the responsible mining industry. Since 2015, I have been advocating to the mining industry the planting of bamboo. Traditionally, the mining industry has planted trees in the rehabilitation of mine sites. By law, mining companies are required to spend 1.5% of their OPEX on SDMP or Social Development Management Programs. Trees are highly regulated. You cannot cut a tree without permits from the DENR." He further explains that, “Bamboo is a grass. Consequently, bamboo is not subjected to the same burdensome regulatory protocols as trees.”Additionally, the bamboo is very effective in cleaning the air compared with other plants or trees. According to the study of Mr Dominguez, bamboo works 400 times better than trees in terms of carbon sequestration. Mr Dominguez was a presenter at the Mining Philippines 2018 last September and in his report, he featured photos of CTPCMC as one of the mining companies who are currently advocates of planting bamboo for environmental and socio-economic reasons. Bamboos are also fast-growing, low-maintenance, resilient plants with high survival rate. Eventually when the bamboos grow in height, their upper stalks may be cut down, leaving the lower stalks on the grown for it to regrow again. The bamboo can be utilised for other purposes like as building materials for houses, furniture, bicycle framework, and more. It has a lifespan of 80 to 100 years. Therefore, they can provide livelihood to mining communities for decades. This is a remarkable benefit that not all plant or tree varieties may provide.In order to establish a mother source of bamboo for future bamboo production of the company, last September 2018, a total of 9 seedlings of bamboo planted at Area 1 (rehabilitated area) for initial stage. Species planted were Laak, Kajali and Guadua. These were planted by Mr Clarence “Carlo” J. Pimentel, Jr. (President and CEO of CTP Construction and Mining Corp. and co-founder of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association), Atty. Ross Romanillos and Engr. Charlo R. Basadre. Today, there are 580 bamboo seedlings produced from the nursery of the company with Laak species. From the startup nursery, CTPCMC Bamboo plantation was finally created in October 2017 where the planting on site started the following month. There were 301 bamboo seedlings planted in Dahican Nickel Project (DNP) and 300 for Adlay, therefore a total of 601 bamboo seedlings planted. They planted Giant Bamboo species at the 2B rehabilitated area of the mine site. Bamboo production and planting is a continuous activity as part of the company’s reforestation program.CTPCMC is 100% Filipino owned and has been operating since 2007. It is one of the top 5 nickel mines in the Philippines. It is also the second nickel mine in the Philippines that was awarded a triple ISO certifications namely, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS certifications last 2016 and in February 2018. It upgraded to latest versions namely ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) along with its existing OHSAS 18001:2007, certified by TÜV Rheinland.
Philippine Resources - February 28, 2019
The Silver Coconut Carbon Versus Precipitation For High Silver Ores
Whenever flowsheets are considered for treatment of silver ores, the conventional approach is in favor of a Merrill-Crowe processing circuit rather than CIL/CIP. This is understandable when the historical development of CIP is considered. What has been disregarded is the fact that for the last 30 years there have been ClP plants successfully treating ore with high silver/gold ratios. The paper presented addresses the continuing debate on the use of carbon for silver recovery and seeks to explain the origin of the Silver Coconut 'myth'. Since many major gold projects contain large amounts of silver, this discussion is of particular interest to the region. During the 1970’s and 1980's significant advances in gold processing technology centered around CIP. Many of these developments occurred almost in isolation on three different continents. Cross-pollination of ideas was slow despite the excellent work done by international conferences. Prior to the commercial application of CIP both North America and South Africa had well proven Merrill-Crowe processes for most gold operations. CIP was initially developed in North America but further refined in South Africa where it became the major process for gold recovery.Its popularity quickly grew internationally, in particular for the treatment of low grade oxide deposits. The high clay content in many oxide ores proved a challenge for the liquid/solid separation step with Merrill Crowe. Although South Africa made major advances in CIP technology, there was no need to address the treatment of silver ores since South African ores do not contain any significant amount of silver. Australasia saw the development of several operations having high silver levels designed with CIP circuits. Several of these plants encountered processing problems due to the high silver content. In nearly all cases this was caused by an under-sized elution plant. The operations that were more successful such as the Martha Hill Project in New Zealand were those using the AARL elution system, which is more flexible than other elution systems owing to its ability to treat higher carbon flows. However, the publicity generated by the unsuccessful projects overshadowed the successful ones. The resultant confusion concerning CIP and silver has persisted to the present day. Flowsheet OptionsThe basic flowsheet choice is between zinc precipitation (Merrill-Crowe) (Figure 1) and carbon adsorption (CIP) (Figure 2). Various hybrid combinations of these two options are also considered as a compromise. A detailed description of the processes is not provided here as this is well described elsewhere. (Ref 1). The hybrid options are worthy of some discussion as they attempt to overcome some of the perceived problems with the two basic flowsheets when applied to high silver ores. The first hybrid option is to treat thickener overflow by Merrill-Crowe to reduce the grade of solution in the thickener underflow reporting to a subsequent CIP plant. It is believed that this proportionally reduces the carbon treatment rate. In fact, as the solution grade decreases, due to thickener feed dilution so does the carbon loading. Halving the solution grade does not halve the carbon treatment rate. Gold and Silver loading onto carbon is an equilibrium process, therefore, the lower the solution grade, the lower the carbon loading. The second hybrid option is the replacement of the electrowinning step by zinc precipitation. However, there are hidden cost implications in this route, which are not always considered. Treatment of high silver grade ores usually involves very large masses of recovered metal, up to several hundred times the weight of the gold recovered. In practice the electrowinning step becomes easier with high silver because a stainless steel wool cathode can be used. The deposited silver/gold slime is simply washed off the wool, filtered, dried and directly smelted with minimum flux usage. New cell designs also allow metal sludge removal without taking the cathode out of the electrowinning cell, thus reducing labour input. The final flowsheet selection is made through the economic comparison of capital and operating costs for the various options. The factors included in the assessment have previously depended very much on the degree of understanding of the metallurgical process. The following sections describe the testwork and modelling required to make a comprehensive assessment of the f!owsheet options. Testwork & ModellingA comprehensive computer model has been developed to study and optimise the CIP flowsheet. (Ref 2). The model includes the leach, adsorption and elution processes using data generated in specifically designed testwork. Leach and carbon design parameters are derived from the testwork which are fed directly into the process model. Capital and operating information is contained within the model which then allows a full optimisation study to be carried out for the cyanidation and metal recovery areas. Variables examined are Leach time (number and size of leach tanks); Adsorption stage (number and size of tanks); Degree of integration between CIP and CIL; Carbon concentrations and loadings and Elution plant size. The specific testwork techniques to derive the appropriate model parameters are now well established. The laboratory scale test equipment has proven scaleup factors which have been successfully demonstrated on numerous plants, with both high and low silver values. A bulk leach test is first undertaken to produce sufficient sample for the adsorption testwork. The leach curve derived from this test is described by an equation which demonstrates the fast and slow leaching and unleachable components of the ore. The adsorption testwork examines the carbon kinetics, equilibrium loadings and fouling factors for both gold and silver. The derived data is then used along with the leach parameters to optimise the circuit design. Gold and silver are examined independently. The silver flowsheet is first optimised as this tends to determine the size of the plant. The gold parameters are then checked to ensure acceptable performance. The Merrill-Crowe flowsheet is not modelled in the same ways since its' performance is fairly well fixed by a zinc consumption rate and metal recovery percentage. Testwork is carried out to confirm the precipitation parameters and to check for problem elements, such as copper. Process Selection The carbon option is often eliminated because of high capital and operating costs. Two major misconceptions have significant effects on the final costings and therefore the final flowsheet selection. These refer to carbon loadings and plant sizing. Carbon LoadingThe size of the elution plant is determined by the silver loading assumed for the loaded carbon. For conservative reasons, design silver loadings on carbon have traditionally been kept below 7500g/t, whereas in practice levels of two or three times that are achieved. If higher loadings are used for design, then the plant size can be proportionally reduced, thus reducing the plant and operating costs. Plant SizingThe capital and operating costs for the recovery plant are made up of a contribution from several areas: Acid wash, Elution, Electro-winning, Smelting and Regeneration. Traditionally it has been the practice to size each individual area to match the carbon elution rate. This, however, is not logical since different factors affect different areas, especially when related to high metal values. Acid Washing removes inorganic fouling of the carbon. The level of fouling decreases as the turnaround time increases at the higher carbon treatment rates. In many cases the inorganic fouling is minimal and the requirement for acid treatment of the carbon is reduced to as low as 20 per cent of the overall elution rate. Elution. The old debate of Zadra versus AARL is hopefully over. The use of Zadra systems was a significant contributor to the negative view of using carbon for silver recovery. The AARL elution process has the advantage of a short elution time (3 hours) compared with the 12-24 hours for Zadra. Clearly the AARL can easily accommodate much higher treatment rates with a smaller column compared to Zadra. Further advances, such as the split elution, have significantly reduced operating costs, thereby making the carbon route more competitive for silver recovery. Electrowinning. This has always been labour intensive and any increase in the size of the electrowinning plant was not favored, especially the size of plant required for high silver recovery. In practice, however, the high silver level actually becomes an advantage as it produces a non-coherent deposit that can simply be washed off the stainless-steel wool, filtered, dried and smelted. The usual problems of acid treating steel wool or calcining large quantities of iron are overcome.Modern electro-winning plant designs incorporate low cost, single pass, high efficiency cells with in-situ cleaning. The new designs are no longer labour intensive. Smelting. The use of stainless-steel cathodes to produce a silver/gold slime results in far less flux requirement and therefore reduced metal loss. The smelting furnace size is also reduced because of the smaller volumetric requirements. The bullion product gives a high quality silver/gold bar.Regeneration. It is generally assumed that carbon regeneration is a high capital and operating cost area of the carbon plant. Again, no cognisance has been taken of the process fundamentals of this step. Comparative cost estimates are frequently made on the basis of regeneration of 100 percent of eluted carbon. What is so often forgotten is that the organic fouling is more a function of ore treatment rate and not the contained metal values. Typically, a 1mtpa gold plant would treat 1000tpa of carbon. If silver were present, say at 50g/t (soluble), then the carbon treatment rate through elution would increase to say, 3000tpa ie three times.However, the carbon regeneration capacity could stay close to the original 1000tpa because this is tied to the ore treatment rate, not the silver levels, with some minor adjustment because of a slightly higher carbon inventory. Cost ConsiderationsThe economic model takes into account the various factors considered above to give more realistic values to the capital and operating costs for the carbon circuit. In a conventional gold plant, the process selected is usually CIP for reasons of lower capital and operating costs and reduced soluble losses. Additional advantages apply when treating ores with difficult liquid:solid separation steps. eg. Clays. When treating ores with high silver content a substantial increase in the size of the carbon plant is usually predicted by some designers. This results in a substantial increase in capital and operating costs which can reverse the economic advantages of the CIP flowsheet. Other concerns are the displacement of gold by silver on the carbon, causing soluble gold losses and poor silver adsorption kinetics. In well designed plants these factors are not material. Capital CostsFor a gold ore, the size of the carbon circuit increases more or less proportionally to the ore treatment rate, not the metal grade. A plant treating 1mtpa of ore would typically treat 1000tpa of carbon through the acid wash, elution and regeneration stages. The indicative capital cost relationship for varying plant sizes is shown graphically in Figure 3. The range of capital costs for a particular size are indicated to reflect differing project-specific detail requirements such as for various climatic conditions. The treatment of a high silver gold ore results in an increase in the size of the carbon circuit when compared to a 'gold' plant with the same ore treatment rate. This is due to the lower loading ratio of silver compared to gold.Using the above example of 1mtpa ore treatment rate the increase in carbon treatment rate with a 30glt soluble silver ore would typically be three times that of the gold ore i.e. 3000tpa. However, it is not the total recovery plant that increases in proportion, only the elution stage increases to this level. As previously noted, the acid wash and regeneration stages do not require to be matched to the elution rate. The capital cost therefore increases by only 60 per cent instead of doubling, as might perhaps be expected from simple application of the relative cost data given in Figure 3. Operating CostsThe differences which apply to operating costs are more significant than those for capital costs and benefit the CIP treatment route for high silver ore. Figure 4 and Figure 5 illustrate the operating cost distribution for the two cases of treating gold ore and high silver ore at the same ore treatment rate. These results translate to 60 per cent increase in the annual operating cost for the high silver ore recovery plant instead of a pro-rata 200 per cent increase. This obviously has a major influence on any cost comparison study. There are many other factors that need to be considered when undertaking a comparative study of two processes and this paper does not address what are often case-specific factors. The intention is simply to point out some additional major factors that should be addressed when designing plants for high silver ores. ConclusionsThe above assessment does not give a specific comparison of Merrill-Crowe versus CIP but instead indicates the fundamental considerations when assessing the applicability of a carbon system for the treatment of high silver ores. Testwork must be specifically designed to measure the carbon parameters for silver. Each process area for the carbon plant should be assessed separately and not simply matched to the elution rate. The latest process system should be included, such as the AARL elution system and in·situ cleaning, high efficiency electrowinning cells. There is no limiting silver/gold ratio that naturally precludes the use of carbon, and many more high silver ore projects would select the carbon route if the methods described above are given due consideration in the technical and economic evaluations. By carrying out appropriate testwork and using a proven modelling technique it can be demonstrated that CIP is more often a preferable option for high silver ores than Merrill-Crowe. GreenGold have recently been involved in the conversion of a hybrid Merrill-Crowe plant to a full CIL circuit simply with the addition of electro-winning capacity. Silver grades for this plant range up to 150g/t. References1. S.A.I.M.M. monograph series M.T. The Extractive Metallurgy of Gold in South Africa. Editor G.G. Stanley: 1987.2. Menne D.M., Predicting and assessing Carbon-in-Pulp circuit performance: XIV International Mineral Processing Conference, 1982.
Philippine Resources - February 28, 2019
Hino Total Support emphasizes efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, reliable service
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, shores up its Total Support initiative further, launching heavy-duty trucks and modern jeepneys that are also environment-friendly, expanding its range of vehicles, and training manpower and dealers, all to meet the logistics and transportation requirements of the market.Seeing the growing demand in the country’s trucking industry as a result of the increasing number of development and infrastructure projects, Hino is investing in Euro 4 heavy-duty trucks. Its new jeepneys, meanwhile, address the need for a modernized and more comfortable transport system aligned with government goals. The company supports the call to care for the environment and is, thus, using Euro 4 engines.“Hino’s Total Support aims to maximize operation and minimize lifetime cost for our business partners. We strongly believe that by providing good products and total support we are able to support our customers’ business and contribute to society and grow with them at the same time,” shared Hino Motors, Ltd. Chairman Yasuhiko Ichihashi.Addressing growing logistics requirementsHino’s 700 series of heavy-duty trucks is designed to meet the diverse needs of the country’s thriving logistics industry. With these trucks, the company hopes to provide businesses all over the Philippines with more options for fleet upgrade or expansion and be better equipped in catering to the different logistical requirements of their clients.The 700 series of heavy-duty trucks from Hino consists of the SS2P, SH2P, FS2P and FY2P models. All models are designed for optimum performance and can be used for different applications and logistics needs.The SS2P is a 10-wheeler tractor head truck with high roof and 16-speed transmission while the SH2P is a 6-wheeler tractor head truck, also with high roof and 12-speed transmission. The SS2P supports 60-ton gross combined mass and 40 to 45 tons pulling capacity. On the other hand, the SH2P features 45.5-ton gross combined mass and 30 to 35 tons pulling capacity.The FS2P comes in two models – the FS2P Mixer Truck and the FS2P Dump Truck. Both are 10-wheeler trucks with 12-speed transmission and standard roof. The FS2P Mixer Truck comes with a 9m³ mixer body and features 32.3-ton gross vehicle weight while the FS2P Dump Truck is made to support dump body and 34-ton gross vehicle weight.The FY2P comes in three variants – the FY2P Mixer Truck, FY2P Dump Truck and FY2P Cargo Truck. All are 12-wheeler trucks with 12-speed transmission and 39.4-ton gross vehicle weight.The FY2P Mixer and FY2P Dump Trucks have standard roofs while the FY2P Cargo has a high roof. The FY2P Cargo comes with 11.8-meter overall chassis length for cargo body requirements.Supporting shift to modern transport unitsHeeding the government’s call to modernize the public transport system, Hino is one of the first to develop modern jeepney prototypes aligned with the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) and the Office of Transport Cooperatives (OTC) theme, “Arangkada sa Pagbabago.”Hino’s modern jeepneys use a more efficient engine and adopt green technology to reduce harm to the environment. The Euro 4-powered Class II jeepneys meet the requirements of the Bureau of Philippine Standards. They have a seating capacity of 19 passengers. Seats are side facing, resembling those of the conventional jeepney. 7 additional standing passengers can also be accommodated in the middle to maximize the vehicle’s capacity.The modern jeepneys are air-conditioned for greater commuter comfort. They are equipped with a Beep Card system, speed limiter, GPS, CCTV and a dashboard camera.Hino has turned over some of these modern jeepneys to the Pateros-Fort Bonifacio Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TSMC) and Taguig Transport Service Cooperative (TSC). These two are among the three preselected by the OTC to be the first to adopt the PUVMP because of their good standing, financial capability and established management structure.The Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC will receive 137 Hino modern jeepney units while the Taguig TSC will get 279 units. The approved routes include Gate III of Fort Bonifacio to Guadalupe Market and Bagumbayan, Taguig to Pasig. These include the 13 air-conditioned jeepneys given to Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC and 20 non-air-conditioned units given to Taguig TSC during the second turnover ceremony held late 2018.These modern jeepneys, which have been plying the roads for some months now, involve the assistance of a passenger assistance officer (PAO) in place of the Beep Card system, which has yet to be operational. PAOs collect passengers’ fares and inform the driver passengers need to get off.Broadening vehicle range, training manpowerKeen to grow its market in the Philippines, Hino will continue to broaden its line of trucks and buses to cater to the different industries. The heavy-duty trucks target businesses with heavier logistics and transport requirements. They are also ideal for businesses engaged in development projects, which are expected to increase in number on the back of the government’s Build Build Build program. The modern jeepneys are for public transport while the trucks with P11C Engine launched much earlier were aimed at boosting Hino’s position in the Heavy-Duty Truck segment.To support vehicle development efforts, Hino broke ground for a new office building and technical service training center last year. This new facility, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, will be used to strengthen the skill set of the company’s manpower. Through this, Hino hopes to provide the best kind of training and preparation for its staff and dealers to enable them to handle different situations as truck service providers.HMP Chairman Vicente T. Mills, Jr. reaffirms the company’s commitment to offer only good-quality products and services that meet the requirements of its customers and partners. “We at Hino believe the Filipinos deserve better transportation and infrastructure. Through our Total Support principle, we hope to advance this vision further and continue to deliver only high-quality trucks and buses that Filipinos can rely on,” Mills said.“The Philippines is primed for growth, and it is during these times of changes that it is more important to have a secure, reliable and efficient logistics partner for businesses to survive. Hino will continue to develop and deliver technologies and upgrade its products to meet the country’s truck and bus requirements,” said HMP President Mr. Mitsuharu Tabata.
Philippine Resources - February 28, 2019
Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) turns over Soft-shell Crab Project
Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC), represented by ComRel Manager Antonio B. Resuera Jr., has turned over soft-shell crab project to three (3) indigent families of its host community last November 27, 2018. The project location is at Looc, Sitio Bagong Silang, Barangay Talavera, Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte. Beneficiaries of the said project are Rosita G. Sandico, Cristine C. Baguinaon and Arnulfo C. Copag Sr. They were selected as beneficiaries of the project based on the Local Socio-Economic Profile conducted earlier as part of the commitment of NAC-HMC to contribute to a brighter future for its people and its communities. The beneficiaries are also not part of any People’s Organization (POs) in the host community. Rosita G. Sandico and Cristine C. Baguinaon reside in Looc, Sitio Bagong Silang while Arnulfo C. Copag Sr. lives at Brgy. Talavera.“Nagpasalamat kami sa amoa nadawat na proyekto gikan sa livelihood program sa NAC-HMC. Daku namo na kalipay ug kinasing-kasing namo nga pagadawaton kining proyekto nga soft-shell crab project”, (we are thankful for receiving this project from the livelihood program of NAC-HMC. We are very happy and are wholeheartedly accepting the soft-shell crab project awarded to us) said Rosita G. Sandico.She further added that, “daku kini na katabang alang kanamo, ilabi na sa among panginabuhian, ilabi na sa akoa na senior citizen na man. Nalipay kaau ko kay isa ako sa nakadawat ani na proyekto. Amo gajud kani ampingan ug palambuan aron aduna kami mapanginuhaan alang sa among panginabuhi. Sa maka usab, daghan salamat sa inyo tabang kanamo NAC-HMC” (This is a big help to us, especially on our livelihood, especially to me who is already a senior citizen. I am very happy to be selected as one of the project recipients. In return, we will try our best to take care and develop the project in order for it to be sustainable and become a steady source of income for our livelihood. Once again, I am very thankful for the help you have given us NAC-HMC).Representative of Host and Neighboring Communities (RHNC) Chairwoman and Brgy. Talavera Councilor Eulita C. Borja who was also present during the turn-over ceremony reminded the project recipients to not take for granted the project provided by NAC-HMC, saying that, “to the project recipients, please take care of the project provided by NAC-HMC as it will be helpful to your livelihood.”She was also thankful to NAC-HMC for the support it provided the residents of the host community particularly in livelihood, “Thank you for the help and for the care you have shown to the residents by helping them with livelihood projects such as this, thank you NAC-HMC for the support.”Additional supplies for the care and maintenance of the soft-shell crab project were also provided by NAC-HMC to project beneficiaries to help ensure the success and sustainability of the project. As part of the commitment of NAC-HMC to assist its host community, technical experts from the City Agriculturists Office (CAGRO) of Tagum City were also tapped for the project’s implementation. They were also the ones who helped in establishing the soft-shell and crab fattening pilot projects in the mine site of NAC-HMC.