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Philippine Resources - June 15, 2020

Food packs worth P 1.6M distributed by Hinatuan Mining Corp. to host communities

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

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Philippine Resources - June 02, 2020

Environmental Stewardship in Masbate’s Marine Ecosystem

Aroroy, Masbate -- Fisherfolks of Masbate with Reef Balls - Jocel R. Regala, Fernando Bete, Jolly N. Tumambac and Angel C. Marcaida, with Rene Dalaygon of Filminera Resources Corporation. (Photo by Marcelle P. Villegas)By: Marcelle P. VillegasThe protection of the marine ecosystem in Masbate is one of the priorities of Filminera Resources Corporation (FRC) in cooperation with the local government in Aroroy, Masbate. From our previous article, we explored the story behind their mangrove planting project. This time, let us talk about the coral reef in this province. The coral reef is an essential part of any marine ecosystem as it helps sustain life underwater. In order to guard the aquatic resources of Aroroy, the mayor wants more coastal resource management guards who shall protect the 129-hectare Colorada Marine Protected Area (CMPA) off the coast of Barangay Tigbao. This marine sanctuary area was established by FRC and the Aroroy LGU. [1]The CMPA is a partnership of Masbate Gold Project (MGP), local government of Aroroy, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, and Barangay Tigbao. This was established in 2017 through Municipal Ordinance No. 031-2017.Mr Darwin John C. Raymundo, Senior Biodiversity Officer of FRC, further explained that the CMPA has the following features: No-take, no-access area (exception of boat traffic), regular patrolling by wardens, coral reef monitoring surveys, and has a technical working group who formulates management plans. CMPA is located at Barangay Tigbao. [2] Other problems addressed by the mayor of Aroroy are dynamite fishing and large-scale commercial fishing (usually with the use of destructive trawlers). [1] According to Mr Raymundo, a few years ago, some baseline environmental studies were conducted at Port Barrera that revealed less than 12% live coral cover. This is a result of decades of destructive fishing practices such as dynamite fishing and cyanide fishing.[2] To address this problem, the Coral Reef Rehabilitation Project was launched, a partnership between MGP and Aroroy LGU. They focus on resource management and capability building. The project aims to enhance livelihood opportunities for Port Barrera, establishment and protection of a marine protected area (MPA), and rehabilitation of degraded coral reefs. [2]Phil. Gold Processing and Refining Corp. (PGPRC) helped in the rehabilitation of the coral reefs in Port Barrera through the Reef Ball Project. A Reef Ball is an environment-friendly and sustainable method of coral reef regeneration. [3] It is a patented artificial reef module that mimics the natural reef patterns. These are special concrete structures with holes for fish to swim through. In a Reef Ball, coral buds are implanted by divers (hired by the mines) where the coral buds will eventually proliferate and multiply. As of April 2019, they deployed 1,642 Reef Balls at the CMPA which covers 129 hectares. [2] PGPRC is the only company in the Philippines that dispatches Reef Balls for their Corporate Social Responsibility. Brgy. Tigbao locals were hired to make the Reef Balls within the mine site. Some of the MPA wardens were former dynamite fishermen. [2] They now guard the MPA from fishing and other destructive activities. [1] Philippine Resources Journal interviewed some fisherfolks who used to engage in dynamite fishing. They said that it was not an easy transition for them. Although they have realised the hard way that using dynamite in fishing is not only illegal, but is also dangerous. Thus, leaving that old habit is indeed a smart move. In their new life as guardians of the sea, patrolling the waters 24/7 is a risky work scenario, especially at early dawn when most violators are active. However, for them, their commitment in protecting the environment is strong because they know that they are doing the right thing. They are grateful to be given this second chance.Filminera Resources Corporation and Phil. Gold Processing and Refining Corp. are committed in protecting the marine environment in Aroroy. The overall results of their efforts are even greater. In record time, all their hard work, along with fisherfolks, locals and Aroroy LGU gave rise to improved biodiversity, restored marine ecosystem and community empowerment in Aroroy, Masbate.References:[1] Filminera Resources Corporation corporate brochure 2019[2] Presentation report of Mr Darwin John C. Raymundo (Senior Biodiversity Officer, Filminera Resources Corporation) during an interview by Marcelle P. Villegas. (23 May 2019).[3] Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No.V (17 April 2019). "Reef Ball Project: A Show Case of Concern for the Environment". Retrieved from http://region5.mgb.gov.ph/articles/185-reef-ball-project-a-show-case-of-concern-for-the-environment-----Acknowledgement: Thank you to Mr Darwin John C. Raymundo (Senior Biodiversity Officer) and ComRel Dept. of Filminera Resources Corporation.

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Philippine Resources - February 27, 2020

Miner FCF reports development projects for ‘19

Officials of FCF Minerals Corp. said they were able to carry out close to 100 percent of their development assistance for their host and neighboring communities last year.Ian Moller, FCF Minerals General Manager for Sustainability, said they were able to achieve 96.12 percent of their completed physical accomplishment in terms of their Development of Host and Neighboring Communities.They also recorded 74.19 percent of their financial accomplishment last year, he added.“These were known based on the updates on our program implementation as of the fourth quarter of last year which covers our January to December 2019 accomplishments,” Moller said.He said their accomplishments focused on the implementation of their 2018 and 2019 Annual Social Development and Management Program facilitated by their Community Relations Office to their 20 host and adjacent neighboring communities of Quezon town.Moller added that the implementation of their development projects was done in partnership with the host communities.“Focal persons were also tapped based on the recommendation of the local government unit to facilitate the requirements for every project and the release of its funding allocation,” he added.The project focal persons are now undergoing capability building programs to prepare them for their role as community development organizers in their respective communities, Moller said.Source: https://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/318265?fbclid=IwAR1JoJ49-1q4Se-1lWkPdrObjqsiQEuGxJmzTdpyPTKzQ4JtPbkPoxqHR7U

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Saving Masbate’s Marine Ecosystem with Mangroves

By Marcelle P. VillegasFor decades, the marine ecosystem in Masbate faces various threats like dynamite fishing which destroys the coral reefs and kills marine animals. Another is large-scale commercial fishing which causes depletion of fish population and biodiversity. These concerns are being addressed by Filminera Resources Corporation (FRC) in cooperation with the local government in Aroroy, Masbate.Mayor Arturo Virtucio of Aroroy, Masbate said, “We need the help of Filminera to expand our mangroves. The more mangroves, the more food and shelter for the fish. When the mining was revived, there was a boom in the population and our waters were overfished.” [1]With this scenario at hand, the mayor emphasised the importance of planting mangroves in all coastal barangays. “Whatever is exposed by low tide should be planted with [mangrove] propagules. That way, we can survive from fishing when the mine ceases to operate.”Mangrove trees are vital in the marine ecosystem because their roots serve as homes for fish and shelter for migratory birds. More mangroves in the area means more shelter for a larger population of fish. Mangroves also prevent flooding in coastal areas. [2]The project started in 2015 with Mga Para-Oma kag Parapangisda Para sa Kauswagan, an organization composed of farmers and fisherfolks in Brgy, San Agustin, one of the coastal barangay of Aroroy. A memorandum of agreement was signed with FRC and the organization to plant 20,000 to 30,000 mangrove propagules with the company to finance the planting.The Mangrove Rehabilitation Project expanded from 4 barangays to 8, namely Barangays San Agustin, Puro, Balawing, Amoroy, Panique, San Isidro, Matalangtalang and Don Pablo. To date, 1,350 propagules were planted.In relation to this project, Mr Darwin John C. Raymundo (Senior Biodiversity Officer of FRC) noted that they are introducing “diversified mangrove species” which they grow in a plant nursery. They teach and orient the local fisherfolks about the importance of mangroves in the environment.References:[1] Filminera Resources Corporation corporate brochure 2019[2] Mapping Ocean Wealth. (2019). “Accounting for Mangroves in Flood Protection”.Retrieved from https://oceanwealth.org/accounting-for-mangroves-in-flood-protection/

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Platinum Achievement Award for Dahican and Adlay Mine Sites

Baguio City -- During the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) last November 2019, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation (CTPCMC) was among the winners of the Platinum Achievement Award for Surface Mining operations. During the prestigious PMIEA or Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards Night and Testimonial Dinner which was held on the last day of the ANMSEC, CTPCMC received two Platinum Achievement Award for their surface mining operations in the Barangays of Dahican and Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur. Each year, PMIEA is hosted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), which promotes occupational safety and health, sound environmental management and social responsibility in the minerals industry. [1]Early last year, CTPCMC was also awarded as the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Champion for the Caraga region. The award was given by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for CTPCMC’s “commendable achievements of their initiatives benefiting safety and health of their workers and the community.”For the past years, CTPCMC has been actively participating in the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Other than planting endemic and fruit-bearing trees in the rehabilitation sites, they also launched in 2018 their Bamboo Plantation as part of the reforestation program. In 2017, the company initiated the Project Gaia to empower women from Barangay Adlay as they take the lead in reforestation activities such as taking care of the plant nursery, planting, landscaping and maintenance.CTPCMC has been operating since 2007 and is one of the top 5 nickel mines in the Philippines. A 100% Filipino-owned company, CTPCMC is 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. They were assessed and certified by TÜV Rheinland.Reference:[1] Simeon, Louise Maureen (29 November 2019). “Six Firms Bag Top Awards for Responsible Mining”. The Philippine Star.

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Logistics Company on Nation-Building (Part Two)

By Marcelle P. Villegas“At the moment, the company is focusing on the infrastructure such as train projects, water projects, bridge & road projects, and airport projects as this is what there is a lot of right now. As an example, for airport projects, we delivered the passenger loading bridges for the Cebu airport and for the Iloilo airport. For water Projects, we have moved the TBM’s (tunnel boring machines for Ipo Dam Project and the Novabala Project). For bridge and road projects, we did transport girders for Sabang Bridge in Star Toll Way Batangas, we shipped and transported casings for the Cebu-Cordova Link Bridge Project, and we are also transporting girders for the San Miguel Skyway Extension Project in Balintawak and Alabang Sections.” - Fernando de Achaval, Vice President of Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation.On our previous issue, we interviewed Mr Fernando de Achaval and he shared how Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation (APTSC) started as a company, their challenges and successful milestones through the years.Antrak is partly owned by Antrak Australia (Antrak Logistics Perth) with local shareholders. Antrak Australia is 100% owned by Bolloré.Antrak Logistics Philippines has three ISO Certifications, namely: ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification.Antrak Logistics Philippines has participated in some of the more successful mining operations, power plants and infrastructure projects in the Philippines by doing it best to provide professional and reliable logistics services.Mr Fernando de Achaval further discussed the challenges and setbacks of running a logistics company. He is the Vice President of APTSC and is one of its co-founders of Antrak Logistics Philippines in 2013.We asked him how Antrak Logistics’ projects are affected by the various problems of the Philippine mining industry. He said, “Some of the problems are about the operations. In the Philippines, there are a lot of challenges. The lack of infrastructure is a challenge.”“One of the big challenges we had in the recent past is the undeclared container congestion. There were lots of containers at the port and in the container yard in storage. This made returning empty containers a challenge. Trucks returning empties were being turned away at various container yards as the yard was always full and they were no acknowledgement or proof that they tried to return empties. Shipping lines would then continue to charge detention charges until they were returned.”“Loaded containers pulled out in Manila were also being diverted for empty return to as far away from Subic. Additional cost was to be borne by the consignee or the logistics provider.“With all this happening, there was no official notice of the issue from the ports, from the shipping lines or the government. This made it really difficult for us, logistics provider, to explain this to the client and to get them to pay for this.”“All of these above caused a lack of available trucks. Many trucks couldn’t take additional jobs until they were able to return the empty containers. In effect, the truckers had a loss of opportunity. Then for us as a logistics provider, providing the on-time service became a challenge too as there would be limited trucks available.”“Infrastructure needs to be improved or this problem will periodically occur”.“Now for some good news, on customs clearance, there has been some improvement.” Mr. Achaval had noted that in the past, customs clearing was all manual. Customs started computerization. Customs is moving to a no-contact policy. Entries are filed electronically. Duties and taxes are paid electronically from the customers bank account directly to customs bank account.“Back before this computerization, we as a logistics provider would, many times, be asked by clients to advance their duties and taxes. As a logistics provider, you had to do it because that is what the competitors were doing. This computerization and online payment system helped us, logistics providers, in the fact that now we could not advance this anymore.”As the company’s business is growing further, what were the other challenges they encountered? “The other challenges are the normal things in growing businesses. This is the headache of finding good talented people.”“This Project Logistics Industry of Antrak Logistics is in is a highly specialized type of logistics business. It is hard to find people who have the knowledge for this kind of job because there are only a few companies or people that do Project Logistics. We are not the regular freight forwarder. We deal with the big stuff, the abnormal-sized and heavy loads. We work and deliver to remote places. And everything is urgent.”“Our service has to be at a higher level as any delay in a project can cost in the millions. Remember we are dealing with capital goods wherein any construction delay means that the whole project is delayed. And that is the pressure that we are under as project logistics providers.’On a final note, he stated, “Despite the job not being easy, I am happy with what I do. I get a sense of pride in what I do as part of Antrak Logistics as we do help the country’s economic development and improve quality of life with every power plant, bridge, processing plant, and water project, that we provide logistics for. Sometimes I may pass a bridge, or a powerplant or something else we worked on and I think to myself with pride that we helped do that.”For more information about Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation, please visit their website at https://www.antrak.com.ph/.Acknowledgement:Thank you to Mr. Fernando de Achaval and everyone in Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corp. for making this interview possible.

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Taganito Mining launches P1.2M native poultry project for PWDs

With the increasing trend and awareness on healthier food options, persons with disabilities (PWDs) in barangay Cabugo, Claver, Surigao del Norte, are now exploring the market as proponents and recipients of a Php 1.29 million-worth native chicken poultry project from Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC).A total of 55 PWDs who belong to the peoples organization, Dapja, benefit from the project which is part of TMC’s Social Development and Management Program.The project is aligned with TMC’s thrust to provide livelihood opportunities to different sectors of society including PWDs. As counterpart, members as well as their families provided the labor for construction and take turns in manning, managing, and monitoring the poultry farm. The structure also sits on a one-hectare lot owned by the group's president, Mr. Eddie F. Gasulas.To ensure the sustainability of the project, TMC continuously monitors the organization with techinical assistance from the Department of Agriculture.“Dako ini na pamaagi na makatabang sa amo. Una sa tanan, way mga trabaho nan mga persons with disability so naa nay ila trabaho kuman kanang magbahog. Ikaduha, pag mudaghan na ini amo manok, mabahin man ang abot nan ini. So malipay sila kaysa wala gajoy ila trabaho tungod sa mga kapansanan (This is a huge help to us. First of all, these persons with disability were unemployed; and now they have work by feeding the chickens. Second, when we already have many chickens, we can divide the earnings. So they are thankful, instead of having no work at home since some are handicapped),” shared Gasulas.Kuya Eddie added that aside from the poultry farm, TMC also provided support for the land preparation of the area where they planted their cassava and sweet potato. They utilize these crops in the making of organic feeds for the native chickens.Gertrudes M. Dal, Dapja secretary, recalls how she visits the site almost everyday to monitor the chickens and prepare the feeds available around the vicinity.“Dili siya sayon na trabaho apan gusto namo nga molambo ang poultry labi na gyod ang tagsa-tagsa namo ka kinabuhi, nga muangat sab kami. Gusto namo na naa sab kami source of income na ikadugang-dugang sa amo bana nga income, para sab makatabang sa among mga anak nga nanggi-eskuyla (It’s not an easy task but we want the poultry (project) to succeed and our individual lives to improve, that we will also be uplifted. We hope to have additional source of inome to supplement that of our spouses and send our children to school),” Dal shared.“Dako gajud karajaw na tabang ang Taganito Mining Corporation sa PWDs sa barangay Cabugo. Arang namo ka proud ug kalipay. Salamat karajaw sa TMC labin na sa Comrel na amoy naghatag sa amo nan mga idea para makadugang nan makapalambo sa amo kapununangan. (TMC is a very huge help to the PWDs of barangay Cabugo. We are very proud and happy. Thank you so much to TMC especially the ComRel team who gave us ideas for the development of our group),” expressed Gasulas.

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Leveraging the industrial internet for mining

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCEOptimization and innovation in mining businesses are continuous, but are challenging when external factors such as low and variable commodity prices play a role. This is because production must scale up and down with demand. This challenge is further compounded because many commodities have reached a point of decreasing grades globally, which increases operating costs. With fewer high grade deposits available to help weather more fickle pricing and demand, mining costs have to be reduced to increase profit margins, or avoid losses.As per Ernst & Young Productivity in Mining: now comes the hard part – A global survey, many productivity initiatives to date have focused on cost cutting, which have led to some modest, short-term results, but survey participants acknowledged that what needs to be done now is more complex. There is a need to ensure that each part of the business is optimized, not on its own, but as part of a business system.Mining is not a single process but a sequence of processes managed across the supply chain, from geology studies to commodity shipment. The various processes of mining have their own autonomy, but also have influence on each other as they are part of a chain of tasks. Even if each process runs perfectly, it usually runs in a silo, without its operators knowing how well the overall chain of processes is performing. The existing methods of creating a holistic view of a mining operation usually result in a view of what happened too far in the past to be of real value in the present. As an example, blasting at a mine site may continue to occur even after a new survey has concluded that what was thought to be a high grade area is not.BUSINESS PLATFORM AND INDUSTRY 4.0Ultimately, the root of the silo problem is that Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT)systems do not provide the data required by the decision makers. To help solve this, an enabling platform must be employed that collects data from across the operation, delivering it where and when it is needed, in the right context for different mining roles.By bridging the gap between IT and OT, and drawing on the Industrial Internet (IIoT), the Business Platformenhances the interaction between the different processes of a mining production, and can possibly provide management with higher confidence in operational performance as critical decisions are made using near real-time data. To clarify:Information Technology (IT): the application of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data.Operational Technology (OT):hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events.Industrial Internet of Things Technologies (IIoT): automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.Industrial Internet technologies have already provided benefits in the manufacturing industry, applied through “Industry 4.0”. The World Economic Forum’s report entitled Industrial Internet of Things: Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services states, “With the Industrial Internet, manufacturers are already using new software capabilities to improve operational efficiency through predictive maintenance, and achieving results, such as savings on scheduled repairs (12%), reduced maintenance costs (nearly 30%) and fewer than 14 Industrial Internet of Things breakdowns (almost 70%).”The foundation of Industry 4.0 comes from the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT connects devices and equipment to an internet, allowing interaction with them to occur in new ways. Today, in mining, this may be automation of a truck or a shovel. Tomorrow, it may lead to the development of a virtual clone of a mining operation that sends automatic updates of schedules and tasks based on production progress.Note, the first phase of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the breaking down of silos between processes. This occurs before the automation of equipment, tapping into key operational data from sensors and other sources.BUSINESS PLATFORMS ENABLE OPERATIONAL STABILITYThe availability of near real-time operational data from every process helps facilitate operational stability. This removes silos between processes, improving the understanding of the impact each one has on the other and also improving the detection of problems.The overall visibility provided by a Business Platform enables reconciliation and reporting through all areas of mining. When a process shows variation, a second benefit is that the mine manager will also be able to more rapidly adapt the other processes. Thus, the cascading effects of an issue are avoided.A Business Platform for mining can be used to connect data from geological models, mine schedules, activities and equipment to form a clear picture of how well the mine is functioning. The key objective it can support is keeping production on track against plan by accounting for forecasts, actuals and variance.BUSINESS PLATFORMS ALLOW FOR RAPID RESPONSE TO CHANGESThe causes of an error responsible for a discrepancy can come from so many parameters and mining processes that a deep study is required to make even less-than-timely changes. It would be better, therefore, to “proactively reconcile” through short intervals, and to run “root cause identification”. This will enable more rapid solving of unknown reasons for performance decreases of complex processes of a mine and plant.Business Platforms deliver a powerful yet easy way of collecting project and task information into one online “big picture” of work, thanks to easy-to-read dashboards, so the staff does not drown in information overload. They also allow for investigations by enabling users to dig down to any level of data granularity from a KPI. A business dashboard should be completely configurable to the needs of each one of its users.A Business Platform can be used to drive continuous improvement programs, such as Six Sigma, which is a data-driven approach that eliminates defects in a process. It focuses on defining, measuring, analyzing, improving, and the control of processes.CONCLUSIONA Business Platform that draws upon the Industrial Internet connects two worlds that do not traditionally talk to one another enough: Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). By doing so, it allows for rapid response to problems and a holistic understanding of how well an operation is performing. With near real-time data, deep analytics and simplicity, Business Platforms not only provide their users with an accurate picture of how well processes and the site is performing, but also the knowledge to fundamentally improve them.To know more about the driving your business transformation with a Business Platform, please contact Paramina Earth Technologies, Inc. via paramina_solutions@paramina.com.

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

Fisherfolks Receive Marine Aqua Culture Project from NAC-HMC

Nickel Asia Corporation - Hinatuan Mining Corporation (NAC-HMC) formally turned over Bangus Production Project to the United Fisherfolks Association of Bagong Silang (UFAOBS) last January 22, 2020 during the turnover ceremony as part of the company’s commitment to contribute to a brighter future for our communities.UFAOBS members will benefit from the P2-million Bangus Production Project funded by the Livelihood Assistance Program of NAC-HMC under its 2019 Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).Prior to the turn over, a total of 36,000 Bangus fingerlings were transferred to the two (2) fish cages installed in Lo-oc, Sitio Bagong Silang, Talavera, Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte. The number of Bangus fingerlings that was initially agreed upon was 30,000; the surplus 6,000 is to account for possible mortality caused by stress from long travel.Construction materials for the fish cage and feeds for the fingerlings were also part of the support provided by NAC-HMC to the Bangus Production Project.NAC-HMC also tapped the services of personnel from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region-XIII to provide training for UFAOBS members. The Technical Training on Bangus Culture in Marine Fish Cage was conducted last January 8-10, 2020 to help prepare the project recipients.As a counterpart for the support given by NAC-HMC, UFAOBS members helped with manpower and transportation for the completion of the Bangus Production Project.UFAOBS President Lilibeth G. Becera was thankful for the support provided by NAC-HMC and BFAR XIII, “Sa mga personahe sa Hinatuan, salamat karajaw sa mga advice. Hinaut unta dili kamo makuli sa pagtabang sa amo. Sa mga taga BFAR sa training ug sa paghatag ng mga dugang na impormasyon para sa pagbuhi sa bangus" (To the staff of Hinatuan, thank you for the advices. I hope that you will not stop in helping us. To BFAR, for the training they conducted and the additional information they provided on how to take care of Milkfish).Morever, Mrs. Becera added that, “Amo ini pagadawatun kay daku jud ini na tabang sa amo ug sa amo mga myembro. Amo paningkamutan na mahalutayun ini na project kay para ra man pud ini sa amo karajawan sa umaabot” (We will receive this project since this will greatly help us and the families of our members. We will strive to sustain this project since this project is intended to provide us for our future).“Sa ako ka-myembro, hinaut tana dili sab ta maisab, magtinabangay ta para mahalutayun, magmalambuon ug masuccessful ang atong project. Daku ini na katabang sa ato ug sa atong tagsa tagsa ka pamilya”, (To my fellow members, I hope that you will never change and that we will help one another in sustaining and improving our project for it to be successful), she also added.

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Philippine Resources - February 20, 2020

How NAC-MC Sustained its Momentum in 2019

Momentum has been described as a mass in motion, a ball that keeps rolling, a force. Cagdianao Mining Corporation dived straight into 2019 with the confidence of its past triumphs, wisdom gained from overcoming past problems, conviction to conquer more challenges, and the hunger to break records; and it showed. The nature of the challenges remain, but as the company is emerging as a vital player within the Nickel Asia Corporation family, the level of difficulty increases, the targets go up, the expectations mounts, and the possibility of failure is ever present. Then October came. By this month, CMC had already made a historic milestone with the 300th shipment to China (301 by October 25) since it started supplying nickel ore to that country in 2006. Mostly importantly, CMC exceeded beyond its 44 target shipments for 2019 and managed to ship out a total of 51 shipments in the same period, the greatest number of completed shipments for a single year since it started its commercial operation in 2010. 10Million safe man-hours Best of all, CMC managed to attain these targets without sacrificing the health and safety of its workplace. It has proved its commitment in providing a safe and healthy working environment for its employees. Momentum is sustained not only in one spectrum of its operations, but crucially in the aspect of health and safety of its personnel, as well. Data from the Safety Department showed that the company has already racked up a whopping 10,354,010 million safe man-hours without lost time accident. This safety record did not grow in a vacuum: it emerges from a culture carefully cultivated and maintained every single day of the year. Engr. Joel Reyes, Safety Manager said: “Getting the 10 million safe manhour is the work of all team. Of course with the support with our management and our vice president for operations, Engr. Aloysius Diaz.” There have been many notable achievements in 2019 alone. Resident Mine Manager, Engr. Nilo C. Milaor, pointed to common denominators for why CMC managed to successfully keep the momentum going, hit its goals, and set new standards along the way:Ownership of the decision-making processEfficient internal communicationConsistent recognition and rewards for deserving team membersConstant communications and interfacing among team membersThe ability to take time off, celebrate, and playThe results of these innovative moves have also become evident among regulators and industry peers. In November 2019, Cagdianao Mining Corporation received the highly-coveted Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award during the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in Baguio City. CMC's ingredients for success may require periodic tweaks to respond to unforeseen events or changes, but its workforce knows that with unity of purpose and clarity of vision, it will keep the ball rolling well into 2020 and beyond.

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Philippine Resources - February 03, 2020

Weir Minerals saves Oceangold $800,000 per annum with Cavex Hydrocyclones at Didipio Project

The installation of 19 Cavex® 400CVX10 hydrocyclones at OceanaGold’s Didipio Project gold and copper mine in the Philippines has led to savings of more than US$800,000 annually through a dramatic reduction in grinding circuit recirculation. The Didipio mine, which employs more than 1,500 workers (drawn predominantly from the local community) expanded its production capacity, which increased the incumbent cyclones’ feed density beyond what they could effectively manage, leading to a circulating load of up to 700%. The Cavex® 400CVX10 hydrocyclones significantly improved separation efficiency due to their finely tuned spigot liner diameter, and the strength and corrosion resistance provided by its cast housing. Thanks to these qualities, the introduction of the Cavex® hydrocyclones reduced the circulating load from 620% to 374%. The direct savings in power consumption, ball consumption, cyclone and pump maintenance costs exceed US$815,000 per annum. “Having had good performance from Cavex hydrocyclones at our New Zealand sites, we were confident that retrofitting Cavex hydrocyclone cluster at Didipio, with an increased number of smaller cyclones than we had at the time, would help reduce our problematic circulating load and lever multiple benefits in doing so,” says Gary Webb, Processing Manager, OceanaGold Didipio Project. “The changeover to Cavex hydrocyclones has exceeded our expectations, enabling higher throughput and lower consumable costs without being penalized in grind size.” The superior performance of Cavex® hydrocyclones can be attributed to the unique 360° laminar spiral inlet geometry design, which provides a natural flow path into the hydrocyclone. This shape allows the feed to blend smoothly with rotating slurry inside the chamber, reducing turbulence. “Working with customers across the globe, our expert engineers are constantly looking at how they can maximise separation efficiency, hydraulic capacity and extend the wear life of not just the hydrocyclone, but our customers’ overall processing plants,” says Mike Arakawa, Philippines Country Manager, Weir Minerals. “I’m proud of the results we’ve achieved together with OceanaGold. Reduced circulation means reduced power draw, fewer balls consumed and less equipment wear, creating a more sustainable mine.”

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Philippine Resources - November 07, 2019

Diwata launches Bougainvillea Brigade at 66th PMSEA

On November 19, 3pm Baguio City, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. (Diwata) will be conducting a bougainvillea planting activity on the occasion of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association’s (PMSEA) 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment (ANSMEC) Conference.All-female mining group Diwata will be participating at the 66th ANSMEC through a Bougainvillea Brigade in partnership with the Office of the City Mayor, Benjamin Magalong.Diwata Chairwoman Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert coordinated with the Office of Mayor Magalong for Diwata to organize and conduct the planting of bougainvilleas within the City. A minimum of 500 bougainvillea plants are estimated to be planted in Burnham Park, Session Road and in other parts of Baguio City. The ceremonial planting will be within the grounds of Burnham Park on the 19th of November at 3pm.The intention behind this activity is to make positive, tangible and permanent contributions to the continued beautification of Baguio City, which has been the host to PMSEA and ANMSEC for all these past years. Diwata has volunteered to handle all the necessary requirements to manage and conduct the said event. Invited attendees include Baguio’s very own Madame Arlene Saneo-Magalong, wife of Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, who will be Diwata's guest of honor. Sponsors for the activity are Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc., Philex Mining Corporation, Filminera Resources Corporation, and SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.Diwata invites and welcomes all PMSEA ANSMEC attendees, friends and supporters to join the Bougainvillea Brigade. We hope to see you there! For inquiries, please reach out via the following channels: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DiwataResourceDevt  Email: diwatawomeninresourcedevt@gmail.com  Website: https://www.diwata.org/

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

New Wirtgen 220 SM 3.8/220 SMi 3.8 Surface Miner: Maximum Performance in Soft Rock

Wirtgen’s 220 SM 3.8/220 SMi 3.8 surface miner selectively mines raw materials up to a cutting depth of 350 mm and a uniaxial compressive strength of 35 MPa. Thanks to its 3.8 m wide cutting drum designed specifically for soft-rock mining, the compact surface miner achieves maximum productivity at low operating costs and is perfect for use in small to large mining operations.Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Raw Material ExtractionSelective extraction makes it possible to mine raw materials with a high level of purity. The material, which is extracted in an environmentally friendly manner without drilling or blasting, is continuously deposited behind the machine in a windrow and then loaded onto trucks with other equipment. In this context, refraining from drilling and blasting makes it possible to conduct efficient mining operations close to industrial sites and other infrastructure such as pipelines or high-voltage power lines, which ultimately results in the optimized exploitation of the deposit.Powerful Cutting Drum UnitThe cutting drum is designed specifically for demanding windrow applications in soft rock, such as coal or salt. Maximum cutting performance combined with the ideal use of engine power and low specific fuel consumption allows raw materials to be mined in an extremely cost-effective process. Six different adjustable cutting drum speeds ensure that the machine can be perfectly adapted to the material being extracted. This leads to a significant reduction in pick wear, minimal diesel consumption, and increased productivity, which translate into an impressive daily output and low cost per ton of extracted material.Reliable Operation and Safety are the Top PrioritiesIn surface mining, the continuous availability of the machine and its safe operation are of critical importance. This is why the surface miner’s components are designed to achieve a long service life, even under extreme conditions. For example, filters in all circuits and a pressurized hydraulic reservoir ensure maximum purity in the hydraulic system and, as a result, safe operations. The clean oil in turn prolongs the service life of the downstream components and thus increases the availability of the machine.Spacious ROPS/FOPS Operator’s CabinThe 220 SM 3.8/220 SMi 3.8 also meets occupational safety requirements in surface mining thanks to the standard-equipped ROPS/FOPS operator’s cabin. The cabin features additional soundproofing and vibration isolation, allowing the operator to work for several hours without the risk of fatigue. The ergonomically designed and clearly arranged controls are integrated into the armrests of the driver’s seat, and all of the machine’s key functions are logically incorporated into the multifunctional joysticks. This means that the operator can operate the machine intuitively in just a few steps and fully concentrate on high-precision mining. The state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned, large-capacity cabin also features generously sized windows, giving the operator a direct view of the cutting edge and with it, the results of their work.High-Precision Leveling with LEVEL PRO PLUSThe LEVEL PRO PLUS leveling system has a proven track record in road construction and mining and is intuitive and easy to operate. A flat or inclined formation level can be created with absolute precision thanks to side plate scanning and the cross-slope sensor. The machine is also ready to be equipped with GPS or laser control.

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

What Does It Mean to be a Mining Professional in the Digital Age?

By Brett McPheeSuppose you wake up to the year 2085. How do you think the world will look like then? Chances are you will drive a flying car, go to work with cyborg workmates, and plan your holiday trips to outer space. Given the speed of technological developments today, wild predictions like these are not too far-fetched. But what if you are a mining professional, what can you expect in the future? It is not hard to imagine bionic drillers, holographic site mapping, mineral mining in other galaxies, or even teleportation of rare elements to Earth. No one can exactly tell if these will be realities. However, we can go back to the present time and get clues about the future of mining based on what is currently happening in the industry. The Future of Jobs Report 2018 by the World Economic Forum reveals that, by 2022, there is over 60% probability that the mining and metals industry will adopt the following technologies: machine learning, big data analytics, new materials, cloud computing, and augmented reality. If this is the industry’s tech outlook, what does this precisely mean for the mining landscape? Here are three scenarios:Mining Professionals Will Dig DeeperThe recent decades have witnessed an explosion in innovative tools available for mineral exploration. The U.S. National Research Council’s publication Evolutionary and Revolutionary Technologies for Mining cites tomographic imaging, GPS, and drones as examples of technologies currently applied to modern mining. Miners will increasingly utilise these new technologies at an unparalleled pace. So, it is safe to say that technology will become an extension of the skilled miner rather than his replacement. We can now see this happening at several mining sites worldwide. Earlier this year, Canadian broadcaster TVOntario featured Newmont Goldcorp employees in the documentary Mining in the Digital Age. In it, we observe how a veteran underground miner is above ground, digging remotely at the company’s Integrated Remote Operating Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With some coordinated turning of the gear stick and foot pedals, the mining operator can move tonnes of earth, even if he is 500 kilometres away from the actual mining site.On the other side of the globe, the Australian drilling and blasting services provider Ozland is similarly utilising tele-remote operating systems in conjunction with automated technologies. From a central command centre, Ozland can operate drilling equipment one day in Africa then operate another piece of drilling equipment in Australia from the same location. As illustrated by the two examples above, the remote method allows operators to go at greater depths in excavation without the constraints of hazardous work conditions. With the aid of technology, operator safety and utilisation improve significantly. Furthermore, autonomy is creating a step change in mining in terms of safety and productivity. It is also enabling mining companies to significantly reduce process variances in their operations.Evacuations for blasting are no longer required, lunch break stoppages are no more, inclement weather such as lightning does not stop the machine from operating on the surface. Operations in areas that would be considered too dangerous are also now achievable, with the risk of human injury now been removed.This ability to accomplish colossal tasks in exacting environments is made possible and easier by fibre-optic lines, intelligent types of machinery, and other automation technologies. Such merging of human dexterity and technology will be a mainstay in mining ecosystems. Miners, therefore, will have greater capacities to operate at scale without sacrificing their health and safety. Mining Professionals Will Train SmarterOf course, with new technologies come new challenges. Over 50% of the mining companies surveyed in The Future of Jobs Report 2018 identified skills gap as one of the top barriers to their adoption of new technologies. Clearly, for a successful human-technology collaboration to occur, reskilling and training should be pursued.Which brings us to the question: How do we equip the mining professionals of today and of the generations to come given this technological flux? The following case study may provide insight:Explosives giant Orica is at the forefront of blasting innovation and technology. They are also specialising in providing ground support services for mining and tunnelling. Orica’s competitiveness in the business stems from its commitment to continuous development not only of its products but more importantly, of its people. Orica partners with Site Skills Training in the skilling of its mining services personnel. This training partnership has been instrumental to the advancement of the staff in Orica. Using state-of-the-art simulation facility and immersive learning environments, Orica and Site Skills Training prepare novice and experienced candidates alike for the demands of the industry. Recently, Orica’s nine newly hired Mongolian employees underwent this kind of training. For three weeks, the Mongolian trainees got in-depth exposure to the workings of the underground mining industry, as a prerequisite to their subsequent integration to Orica’s site operations in Mongolia. Their hands-on training included practicals at Site Skills Training’s purpose-built 10,000sqm underground mine simulator. On top of this, the trainees also travelled to notable mining sites in the Philippines for industry benchmarking purposes.The trainees visited OceanaGold Philippines in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya and APEX Mining in Cebu where they further trained and put into application their previous learnings. Naturally, there will always be concerns on safety when we talk about handling explosives, and this is precisely why Orica keeps on exploring creative ways for effective and safe training methods. One of the ways Orica does this is by leveraging eLearning methods with their current training programs. In the thick of all things modern training is Site Online Learning, the eLearning arm of Site Skills Training. Site Online Learning is helping large local and multinational companies—mining organisations included—to transition from conventional forms of training to new approaches in instructional design. Site Online Learning offers scenario-based online courses, software simulation, explainer video, and game-based solutions to address the various training needs of modern learners. Among Site Online Learning’s clients are mining and other energy sectors which collaborate with them in producing scenario-based modules for workforce development. The scenario-based module places trainees in virtual environments that replicate their actual job sites. In these settings, trainees will then be presented with familiar work situations and challenges wherein they need to act and decide according to safety standards and protocols.This is just one facet of digitalisation in mining education. We can see it heading soon towards the integration of augmented and mix reality in all levels of training contact. As these technologies become more accessible, their application in training programs will be more affordable and sustainable.Traditional face-to-face training will still hold merit, but we can expect more of it converted into digital learning formats and implemented side by side with other offsite blended learning environments. Eventually, the pool of mining professionals will be largely composed of digital natives, and this means the rate at which technology will be consumed for work and learning will be faster, more organic, and more interactive than we can ever imagine. Mining Professionals Will Be More Human The anxiety on robots taking over humans is a staple in science fiction narratives. Yet this theme of dread is now running in today’s headlines, too. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even warns us that robots will be able to do everything better than us. Should we be worried? If we are to consult again The Future of Jobs Report 2018, it appears that by 2022 there will be a 4% to 6% increase in the task hours of machines and algorithms for the mining industry. This does not mean mining professionals will be slowly or outright replaced by artificial intelligence—it only means that there will be a shift in industry roles and skilling needs. Despite some ominous prophesies, mining professionals will continue to thrive in the digital age and beyond. With all these efforts to modernise mining practices, mining professionals will have the distinct advantage of becoming skilled and technologically savvier. Regardless, what will make them and other professionals for that matter more valuable is the human’s inherent critical thinking quality. While we cannot absolutely control what will come about in the years ahead, one thing is for sure—we can prepare for it. That is exactly why training remains relevant. Training encourages critical thinking and prepares the workforce of today to be adaptable to the imminent changes and challenges in the future.Brett McPhee is the General Manager of Site Skills Training-Philippines. Site Skills Training (RTO 32531) delivers training programs tailored to the needs of mining, oil & gas, construction, and engineering industries. Its sister company Site Online Learning delivers digital training solutions designed for modern learners. Both Site Skills Training and Site Online Learning are subsidiaries of the ASX-listed company Site Group International Limited (Site). -----------------------References: · · https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/17/elon-musk-robots-will-be-able-to-do-everything-better-than-us.html· http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs_2018.pdf· https://www.tvo.org/video/mining-in-the-digital-age· https://www.nap.edu/read/10318/chapter/5 · National Research Council. 2002. Evolutionary and Revolutionary Technologies for Mining. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/10318.· https://www.ibtimes.com/ar-vs-vr-why-augmented-reality-has-definite-advantage-2565824· http://australianminingreview.com.au/the-latest-technology-promotes-safe-and-professional-services/· http://ph.siteonlinelearning.com/

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Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019

Cone Penetrometer Testing. Fast, Reliable, Repeatable in Soft Ground

Why and what is CPTDeveloped around 75years ago the Netherlands the Cone Penetration Test (CPT) has matured into a reliable and repeatable testing method governed by International Standard and usesd by geotechnical engineers all over the world. The outputs of a CPT are digital and correlate to engineering parameters of the soils tested at a sample interval that cannot be matched by drilling. Geotechnical engineers get a better understanding of bearing capacity, shear strength, liquefaction and many other soil parameters crucial for design and construction. RDCL runs modern CPT systems from the Netherlands and operate across the Philippines. Whether RDCL are pushing 60 metres into a tailings dam, or 10m into nearshore marine sediments in Manila Bay, the data is reliable and trusted every time. A CPT test involves deploying a rig onto a site, usually on tracks or a trailer. A vertical force up to 20T pushes a special load cell into the ground at 2 cm per second. This produces results much faster than conventional soil boring. The load cell, or “Cone” measures tip resistance, sleeve resistance and often pore water pressure producing data describing soil behaviours.The key with CPT testing, if done correctly, is reliable trusted data that is internationally recognised and controlled to ASTM or ISO standards, giving confidence to the end client. CPT is real time. There are no delays from long wait in soil lab testing, no risk transporting soil samples across a country or internationally. If you need data, fast its one of the best tool for the job. Don’t Gamble with the GroundWhether your construction project requires foundation design in soft grounds ground improvements, ground reclamations, tunnelling or dams one key aspect is up front geotechnical testing is critical to understand the conditions for cost effective design.Many projects in Philippines suffer from delays at the design stage or worse the construction phase. De-risking large infrastructure projects is critical for the investment in the future of infrastructure success in the Philippines. Geotechnical engineers must better understand ground conditions. CPT testing in many cases can resolve unknowns and provide valuable data very quickly to re-disk projects. There is a strong correlation between a ‘lowest cost’ approach to ground investigations resulting in project delays, inflated contract price and expensive project cost overruns. Under-investment in site investigations, leading to unreliable data and inadequate coverage most often lead to cost overruns and delays at the design, tender and construction stages by failing to adequately identify ground issues (Clayton, 2011).Conducting a CPT TestMobilising a CPT rig is fast. In less than 1hour testing can commence from arrival on site. CPT rigs are typically on a trailer, a tracked rig or a mass-weight Truck. The system hydraulically pushes the cone into the ground at 2 cm per second. This timing is a critical part of the quality control of CPT testing. International Standards ensure CPT tests are conducted in a repeatable manner understood by engineers world wide.the same A test from surface to 20m therefore takes minutes not hours. In one day many CPT can be completed on site. Data can be sent directly from site computers to a client’s office reducing the requirements for on site supervision. Make RDCL Your First Phone Call RDCL has the people and equipment on the ground in the Philippines to execute high quality ground investigations. Our teams and tools are suited to your projects and together we combine our expertise with your design teams to execute any project. We welcome all inquiries and work best when we engage closely with you to understand your job. That’s what Malasakit means. We invite you to join with us as we take our professional journey towards bigger goals.

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