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Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019
The Green Acres system: An economical solution to multiple problems
The first half of 2019 proved to be busy, yet a fulfilling period for Green Acres Hydroseeding Inc. the young and emerging company has been targeting multiple sectors within the fast-developing market of hydroseeding.With another “Roadside Vegetation Establishment / Slope Stabilisation” project working with Ground Specialists Inc. again proving successful, now totalling to three successful projects for this partnership. The Green Acres system is really starting to prove itself in this sector, with multiple success stories leaving no doubt this is an economical and effective solution. Green Acres have also been working hard with the environmental team at NAC (Nickel Asia Corporation) and are excited to be putting together a Demo project at their site on the north-eastern side of Dinagat Island. Having worked within the mining sector only once before, Green Acres is keen to show off their products capabilities with NAC’s fantastic environmental team. They plan is to utilise their ‘HydroStraw All In One (BFM)’ and ‘GAH Vegetator Seed Mix’ alongside with one of their new products ‘SiltSoxx’, a three-dimensional tubular device made of filter media encased in Filtrexx mesh. The devices are designed to support storm-water management, sediment & erosion control, and pollutant removal Best Management Practices (BMPs). One of the goals given to the company by NAC was the desire to reduce the requirement for berms and allow for longer gentler sloping, without risk of wash out for the hydroseeding. This is something Green Acres is confident they can achieve with the use of SiltSoxx. Which when used as a ‘Slope Interruption Device (SID) – it will create the same effect as the use of berms, without the costly use of heavy earth moving equipment. Green Acres is also venturing into the construction and landscaping sectors, developing a good working relationship with MDC (Makati Development Corporation) over the course of consulting on several projects. Utilising Green Acres flexibility and access to the U.S. seed market and the expertise of Summit Seed. With imminent plans to move forward with a recreational park project and with multiple other projects on the horizon, it’s clear to see Green Acres and MDC are going to have a long-lasting successful partnership. Green Acres is shortly going to be an accredited supplier of multiple noteworthy companies. MDC, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Republic Cement have all decided to sign up Green Acres to be their official supplier for hydroseeding materials and services. The company looks forward to seeing what opportunities will arise to prove their products and services from these new partnerships. Having worked on several DPWH projects previously, Green Acres felt privileged to be invited by the government agency to contribute their expertise in the updating of the agencies ‘Item 520 – Hydroseeding’ Specifications. The company felt excited to see the government agency embracing the modern hydroseeding technologies and practices. They also found this a great opportunity to discuss the benefits and potential growth of the hydroseeding industry throughout the Philippines and how Green Acres intends to make this happen. With their ‘Self-Installation’ system, that supports companies in purchasing the right equipment and trains them how to hydroseed themselves. This will provide opportunities around the country and create a supply for the DPWH’s increasing levels of hydroseeding projects.
Philippine Resources - September 06, 2019
GHD opens new office in the Philippines
Gracing the opening of GHD’s third office in the Philippines are Darren Shrives, General Manager – Philippines, Steven Robinson, AO, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, and Ian Fraser, General Manager – Asia Pacific.“As we head towards 75 years of formal diplomatic ties, we continue to strengthen the deep and broad connections between Australia and the Philippines,” Steven said. The new office is located in Quezon City, a rapidly growing business hub located north of the Philippine capital, Metro Manila.Darren shares, “Quezon City is home to many of our key clients in the Philippines, so our proximity to them helps us collaborate better. Aside from this, our new office forges our commitment to provide a better and more accessible workplace to our staff.”GHD’s local teams worked on the biophilic design of the new office. It is has approximately 120 working stations, four meeting rooms, and several collaboration areas. Aside from encouraging staff to interact freely within the area, the overall design of the new office has an "outdoor" feel, as evident in the textures/elements of its interiors.
Philippine Resources - August 20, 2019
The IMDEX Solution for Accurate Core Orientation and Logging
By Marcelle P. VillegasIf you need to accomplish tasks such as ordering food, checking the movie schedules, or doing bank transactions, there are apps that one can download on a smartphone or tablet to do these and more. In mining, wouldn't it be great to have an app that can monitor real-time drilling activities and other stages and details of an operation? This is a fascinating option that is offered by a company called IMDEX.Before the year ended last year, Mr Ryan Cairns of REFLEX (a branch of a company called IMDEX), was the Industry Hi-Lite Speaker at the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association (PMEA) Monthly Membership Meeting. The topic was "The Importance of Accurate Core Orientation and Logging - The Imdex Solution".  Mr Cairns is the Area Manager in Southeast Asia for REFLEX. Ryans Cairns is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, with a bachelor's degree in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences with honours. He has work experience on exploration in the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, India and Papua New Guinea. Mr Cairns is an elected fellow of the Geological Society of London and an elected member of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.Real-Time Subsurface SolutionsIn planning a mining operation, it is important to have accurate core orientation and structural logging. Thus REFLEX offers "Real-Time Subsurface Solutions." Mr Cairns explains, "The IMDEX group is made up of two components. The group where I work for is REFLEX and we specialise in geotechnical, geochemical and geophysical analysis.""The other side of the business is AMC or Australian Mud Company Pty. Ltd. and they focus on the fluids used during the drilling process to keep borehole stable while still drilling." AMC's headquarters is in Perth, Australia with offices in North and South America, Africa, and Europe. "Together, AMC and REFLEX aim to redefine the way drilling fluids, equipment and technology are used to ensure execution of drilling programs are to specification -- on time, within budget and safety."IMDEX group has five main solution sets, namely: Downhole Navigation, Structural Geology, In-Filed Geoanalysis, Driller Operable Geophysics, and Drilling Optimisation.During his presentation, Mr Cairns focused on structural geology and the world of apps for mining activities. "We just released the world's first non-radioactive driller operated downhole gamma survey for geophysical analysis. We have Downhole Navigation which has devices that goes down drillholes in order to tell you the azimuth, dip and direction of that drillhole. And we have Drilling Optimisation, which is the drilling fluid, which is the AMC side of the business."IMDEXHUB-IQTM "If I want to order a pizza, I use an app. If I want to order a taxi, I use an app. However, in the mining and the exploration game, almost nothing is seen pushed to this level. We still have people writing information on pieces of paper, sending it downhill with a guy in a motorbike, to send it to a core shed to upload it to a database. This is the wrong way of doing things. What we have really tried to push is to bring all of our instruments into real-time analysis," said Mr Cairns.IMDEXHUB-IQTM (formerly called REFLEXHUB-IQTM) is an application that provides secure access to validated data which is transmitted from a range of sub-surface instrumentation, analytical instruments and mobile form data inputs. This provides a convenient and immediate access to the information you need, wherever you are. In effect, this will improve drilling contractor productivity and transparency across multiple streams of data. "So if I had a drilling project down in Zamboanga and I used one of the REFLEX instruments, whether it is geochemical or geophysical, that instrument would then send that data up to our cloud." He explains that in using this app, one can monitor the operation and check activity details while stuck in traffic on EDSA, for example. Moreover, using the IMDEXHUB-IQTM, he states, "I get a notification on my phone via this app and I would be able to see in real-time and start making real-time decisions on my exploration project." Regarding structural maintenance, he said, “One of the most important questions that we get is 'Why do we need to have reliable and accurate structural measurements?’" It is important because it will help us predict the location where ore can be found or where more ore is located. "I need to be able to determine how my blocks of ore are going to behave during mining. Not only that, but I need to be able to predict the ground conditions, so when I am mining, I am mining safely and effectively." Having the ability to predict the ground conditions will ensure safe mining and tunnelling.Traditionally, anyone who has been a geologist in a core shed knows that collecting data is time consuming. It is a repetitive work where there is a tendency to end up with partial or inaccurate data which in turn may lead to fatal errors. Mr Cairns further explains the importance of accuracy of the drillhole surveys and the core orientation mark or line. "Quality Structural Measurements are always very important. They are only as good as the drillers and the geologist's care factor, and information they are trying to get from the drill hole. We need to have an accurate drillhole survey so these are the devices that go down the borehole path to tell us exactly where that core is coming from. If am a geologist or mining engineer and I am trying to make an analysis on a piece of core and I don't know exactly where that core is coming from in 3D space, then I am wasting my time.""And the same thing comes from the orientation mark or line. If I don't know how that core looked prior to being drilled, I am going to make errors and make assumptions and going to be incorrect when I start my resource models or when I start to make my mine plans." "So it is more than just taking a stand in measurement on a piece of core. We need to ensure that the survey, orientation and logging tools are fit for purpose." The next step is to have QA/QC systems in place. Then, he said that it is essential to provide proper training and supervision of the drillers and geologists. Lastly, he said, “I need to make sure that everyone takes ownership of this quality solution to highlight the importance of the information that we are getting from this core." "So why do we need structure and logging... and what does that play in terms of our 3D geology? Now, if I am drilling a piece of drill core and I don't have the exact angle, azimuth and depth of my geological context, I am going to open myself up to error margins when I start to make my resource models.” As part of accurate measurement on the drill core, Mr Cairns also stressed on the need for a QA/QC. "Why is it important that we have QA/QC? These are some of the errors that unfortunately we don't want anyone to have, but they do have in the mining industry. For example, my orebody has moved 10m because I didn't accurately do surveys on my drill holes so I don't know where my core was coming from. I hit my drive, not my orebody. My pit ore has collapsed because my fault was meant to be 10 degrees deeper because I didn't accurately have core orientation marks to tell me what that degree was, or the ore wasn't meant to intercept and offset my orebody.”The illustration above is a very basic design for some surface mining. The blue lines that are running down the edge are benches. “I have sunk the shaft and drilled some tunnels across. The red lines are drill holes running straight through. As you can see, it is planned straight. And the blue box is my orebody. As you can see, my orebody is going down the center of my mine plan. I intersected underneath and we're all very happy,” he said. "However, in the real world, not all drill holes are going to go straight. In fact, almost every drill hole is going to deviate to some extent. And if I don't have a proper understanding or control on that drill hole deviation, all the information that I am taking from my core, whether it is geological or structural, is opening myself up to errors. As you can see, the mine plan and the underground workings are completely off because we did not take the time during the drilling phase to accurately get that information.” Pre-Requisites- To accurately measure structures in drill core you need to know:- where the hole has been drilled in 3D space and- the orientation of the core in the hold- Errors in the hole location and core orientation will significantly impact on the accuracy of your structural measurements.DRILL HOLE SURVEYS“A drillhole survey is a device that goes down the drillhole that is going to give me my azimuth or my direction and my inclination or my depth of the drill hole. so I am using this information to see exactly where that drill hole is going.” Surveying the HoleIt is important to remember that all drillholes will deviate from their planned path. This deviation can be significant because it will affect the outcome of the next stages. Structural measurements might result in errors if the hole path is not accurately known. For that, survey tools are used. There are two kinds of survey tools, namely: magnetic and non-magnetic. The survey tool for non-magnetic environment is the Digital REFLEX EZ-TRAC. On the other hand, for the magnetic environment, the Gyroscope Survey Tools, and REFLEX Sprint-IQ Gyro are used.Magnetic Survey Tools -- Digital REFLEX EZ-TRAC has features like having a built-in QA/QC functionality, auditable, digital data capture and transfer, data is easy to interpret, and it has robust, solid-state electronics. Using this tool, multiple survey shots can be taken at any time; however, it cannot provide an azimuth inside the drill rods or magnetic ground.The Gyroscope Survey Tools is not affected by magnetic ground and drill rods, north-seeking gyro systems can automatically find true north, simplifying operation. It also has less downtime -- can be sued inside an overshot system, during the normal drilling cycle. It has easy to use software with built in QA/QC report generation.REFLEX Sprint-IQ Gyro can be used at all hole inclinations from vertical to horizontal, and on multiple operation modes. It also functions on high-speed operation with more than 150m/minute continuous mode. This tool is twice as accurate compared to other Gyro tools.CORE ORIENTATIONCore orientation is the process of determining the in situ orientation of the drill core in the ground. The drill core is marked to reference the gravimetric bottom or top of the core so we know what it looked like prior to being drilled. “If you don't know the orientation of your core then you can't determine the orientation of your structure. Errors in the position of the orientation mark will impact on the accuracy of your structural readings.” For correct Core Orientation, Reflex offers two main tool systems, namely: Contact or Front End tools and Non-Contact or Back End toolsContact or Front End tools marks the core face at the top of the run. These include the Spears, Clay Shoes, REFLEX EZ-MARK, and REFLEX VERTI ORI.On the other hand, Non-Contact or Back End tools orientates the core tube and marks the core face at the bottom of the run. This includes Electronic REFLEX ACT 3 & ACT-IQ, and Mechanical REFLEX EZ-ORI & Ball Mark.More on the Non Contact Systems/Back End, they have REFLEX ACT 3/ACT-IQ as the electronic tool, and the REFLEX EZ-ORI and Ball Mark as the mechanical tools. The tools attach to the end of the core barrel and orientate the core tube. When the tube is retrieved it is rotated to its correct position and the orientation is marked on the core, which is locked in the lifter case. For more information:IMDEX - https://www.imdexlimited.com/REFLEX - https://reflexnow.com/AMC - https://www.amcmud.com/Reference: Cairns, Ryan (1 Oct. 2018). "The Importance of Accurate Core Orientation and Logging -- the IMDEX Solution". PMEA Monthly Membership Meeting Presentation, Oct. 2018. Retrieved from - https://reflexnow.com/imdexhub-iq/
Philippine Resources - August 20, 2019
Philex Mining CEO's Message On The Golden Age of Mining
By Marcelle P. VillegasOn 14 June 2019, The Philippine Mining Club celebrated their 50th Luncheon Anniversary. Their special guest speaker for this luncheon was Mr Eulalio B. Austin, Jr. who is the President and CEO of Philex Mining Corporation. His presentation’s title is "The Future: Padcal and Silangan". With the many hurdles and challenges that the industry is facing today, what can we learn from a 60-year-old mining project like Padcal? Mr Austin started his discussion with the World Happiness Report 2019 by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It states that the Philippines ranked 69th out of the 156 nations in the World Happiness Index. The Philippines also ranked as the 12th among the countries that showed the highest increase in level of happiness between the periods of 2005-2008 and 2016-2018. Then, he showed a clipping from a newspaper article dated February 2008 with the statement -- "a Golden Age in Philippine Mining was coming" due to upcoming investments from the world's biggest mining and metals leaders. Generally, things look bright and promising for the Philippines. In the mining sector, we have the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942) which was declared valid and constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2005. This Republic Act is "An Act Instituting A New System of Mineral Resources Exploration, Development, Utilization and Conservation".However, he stated that by 2012, Executive Order 79 presented challenges for the industry all the way to 2016. He mentioned that the industry "has been highly injured because it was misunderstood". Mr Austin further noted that perhaps the boom years of mining were in the 1950s when gold and copper became the pillars of large-scale mining. That decade also ushered the introduction of new technologies in mining. From his report, he expressed that Philex Mining Corporation has been reaching milestones for decades. Their Padcal Mine just turned 60 years old in 2018. "Turning 60 is the age of senior citizenship and the age of retirement or retiring. The once-hectic pace of life is replaced with a 'delicious sense of calm, confidence and clarity of purpose'. Our Padcal Mine is settling into that delicious sense of calm." For the record, a total of 10 million trees were planted at Philex Padcal and other mining properties in more than 4,000 hectares of disturbed and undisturbed areas. Additionally, even before DENR mandated ISO 14001 certification in 2015, Philex Padcal Mine already secured IMS Certification (ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007) by TUV Rheinland. Philex has also taken the initiatives and introduced to the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines the "Towards Sustainable Mining" (TSM) commitment to promote responsible mining in cooperation with the Mining Association of Canada. "Initial Padcal mine life was originally up to 2014... All in all, while interim prospects remain subdued, we are determined to maximize the remaining mine life of Padcal." Now, the projected end-of-mine life of Padcal is 2022. "The closure of Padcal will be an opportunity for us to showcase that closing mines can be done properly with dignity."How did Philex Mining Corporation handle the TSF3 incident in 2012? It was on 1 August 2012 when Philex Mining suspended operations voluntarily as nontoxic tails and water discharge from the TSF3 spilled onto the Balog Creek. This was an effect of the destructive heavy rains brought about by Tropical Depression Ferdie (a.k.a. Typhoon Vicente) and Typhoon Gener which hit Benguet successively. The company resumed production only on 8 March 2013 due to the four-month temporary lifting order issued by the government which was extended indefinitely afterwards. Thus, the operations formally resumed on 27 August 2013. Philex Mining Corporation was allowed to resume operations after they implemented urgent remediation measures such as providing immediate assistance to the affected residents, cleaning up the Balog Creek, and ensuring the integrity of its TSF3 by building an open spillway. Regarding the hard lessons learned from the 2012 TSF3 incident, Mr Austin stated that they faced the challenge and "never ran away from our obligations". The first public consultation of its kind was conducted to address the problem. The company paid the government PHP1.34 billion for the tailings leak. This is the highest payment ever done by a single company. The spillway that the company constructed at the TSF3 is the first of its kind in tailings management in the Philippines. Mr Austin recalled, "It was a humbling experience for us but we have to prove that we are advocates of right and principled mining."His presentation also include the Silangan Project which is expected to generate 8,000 direct and indirect employment, raise PHP60 billion in investments, contribute PHP31 billion in taxes and will spend PHP6 billion for community development. "The project will proceed with underground sub-level cave mining method. Regulatory developments between 2016 - 2017 necessitated shift to underground mining from open-pit method. Sub-level caving presents itself to be a better method rather than block caving. Well-engineered solutions are now incorporated in our recent studies. Silangan Mindanao Mining is currently working on securing all necessary permits and approvals."To conclude his presentation, he left the audience with an optimistic message. "We have the opportunity to make Silangan and all other pending mining projects to make it big for the Philippines in the global market. We have the opportunity to make this the Golden Age of Mining now. Believe that best to come for the mining industry." Update on Silangan ProjectLast 1 August 2019, Philex Mining Corporation reported that the definitive feasibility study for the first phase of the Silangan Project is finally complete. The mine site is a development for high-grade copper and gold and is located at Surigao del Norte in Mindanao. Silangan is coined as one of the three major mining projects expected to push the Philippines as a regional copper producer. The mine site is composed of three tenements, namely: Boyongan, Bayugo and Kalayaan. On the first stage of the development of the Silangan Project, the Boyongan deposit is estimated to have a mine life of 22 years. Silangan is expected to produce high grade ores with 0.63% copper and 1.20 grams per tonne of gold.  Bayugo deposit is part of the second phase of the development and this is still under initial feasibility study for underground sub-level cave mining within the year. Philex Mining Corporation will be adopting underground sub-level cave mining for ore extraction. They shall be using state-of-the-art milling facility that uses modern convention technologies for ore processing.Mr Austin stated, "We are thrilled with the outcome of the study which reaffirms the immense potential and magnitude of the project. Over the next few months, we will be focusing our efforts on raising equity and financing for mine development."Philex Mining Corporation will allocate USD750 million for the Boyongan ore body development. For fund-raising, Philex has appointed J.P. Morgan for equity investment and Mizuho for project financing. The international law firm White & Case and local law firm Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan will be the legal consultants for this development project. References: Philex Mining Corporation website. Retrieved from - http://www.philexmining.com.ph/2017/07/29/mine-firm-assures-integrity-of-storage-facility/ Ison, Lilybeth. (1 Aug. 2019). "Philex completes feasibility study on Silangan project". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved from - https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1076750
Philippine Resources - August 20, 2019
Smart Change in Mining with Hexagon Mining
By Marcelle P. Villegas3 June 2019, Manila Elks Club, Makati City -- For the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association Monthly Membership Meeting, two speakers from Brisbane, Australia presented for the evening. They are Ms Rhonda Bulmer (Sales and Account Manager) and Mr Luke Cecchi (Mining Application Engineer) from a company called Hexagon Mining. Their topic is “Hexagon Mining Solutions”.With the complexity and unique needs of a mining operation, specialised technology makes a big difference in ensuring success, efficiency and safety within the site. Hexagon Mining can help mining companies by providing the right tools, services and technology on every step of the operation.. Hexagon Mining is an information technology company that integrates planning, operations and safety solutions. “As champions of smart change, we recognize your competitive edge depends on a life-of-mine solution.” Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. They help manage data to assure efficiency, productivity and quality output in industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety and mobility applications. “Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous -- ensuring a scalable and sustainable future.” Hexagon has a Mining Division that links together all parts of a mine with technologies that handle data in real time. “Hexagon’s Mining division brings surveying, design, fleet management, production optimization, and collision avoidance together in a life-of-mine solution that connects people and processes. Our customers are safer, more productive and can make sense of their data.” Hexagon offers services that connects all parts of a mine while integrating, automating and optimizing critical workflows. “As energy costs fluctuate, high-grade ores become scarcer, and profit margins tighten, productive mines recognize that technology is essential to their success. Companies must be smarter, safer, and quicker to respond to change. Their future depends on it.” On initial geological planning stage for example, they assist in drillhole database management, statistical analysis, and explicit and implicit modelling. Other functions include geological interpretation, QA/QC, and block modelling modules. Further on in the operation, Hexagon offers Planning Evaluator which helps evaluate various scenarios, investigate ultimate pit limits, and generate the best value pushbacks. Planning - Schedule Optimizer offers the best value extraction sequence, detailed equipment modelling, spatial constraints and precedence. It is scalable for optimal plans across mine life. Then, there is the Planning - Activity Scheduler which offers the following benefits: customizable rules and workflow for rapid sequencing, resource achievable schedule, auditable and improvable configuration. Moreover, Hexagon’s services include Fleet Management UG and OP (FMS), Collision Avoidance System (CAS), and Fatigue Management System (FMS). Fleet management include Foundation and Pro systems for UG and OP to handle all kinds of environment and site requirements. To further ensure safety, since most operations run 24/7 in some sites, Hexagon solution suite has features like mature collision avoidance and fatigue tracking systems along with other safety solutions. Work scenario in a mine site is now safer and efficiency levels are improved with the help of these technological solutions. References: Retrieved from - https://hexagonmining.com/company Bulmer, Rhona. Cecchi, Luke. (3 June 2019) “Hexagon Mining Solutions”. Presentation during the PMEA Monthly Membership Meeting, Makati City, Philippines.
Philippine Resources - August 20, 2019
A Tribute to Masbate Gold Project's Scholars
There are many stories about scholarship programs sponsored by responsible mining companies. You may find these stories in company websites and brochures of mining companies. The stories may sound cliché or may have a mild impact on people who were never deprived of education. However, for someone who is financially struggling in life, finishing high school and college education through sponsorship of a mining company is a blessing and a gift of hope for a brighter future.Despite the significant number of beneficiaries from mining companies, there are still some who are unaware on how large-scale mining companies are effectively helping the Philippines in nation-building initiatives. Several mining companies provide scholarship programs and livelihood projects to host communities.Last May, Philippine Resources Journal was invited by Filminera Resources Corporation to come and visit the Masbate Gold Project (MGP) site in Aroroy, Masbate for a first-hand experience on how they take care of their host communities. One of the important events that MGP hosted and organised recently is the “Testimonial and Recognition Ceremony - A Tribute to MGP Scholars who graduated in School Year 2018 - 2019”. This was held last 22 May 2019 at the MPJ Function Hall, Poblacion, Aroroy, Masbate.Masbate Gold Project is operated by Filminera Resources Corporation (FRC) and Phil. Gold Processing & Refining Corp. (PGPRC). FRC is the holder of the mining tenements, surface rights and the Environmental Compliance Certificate. PGPRC is the owner and operator of the processing plant and is a subsidiary of B2Gold Corporation, a mining company that is based in Vancouver, Canada.MGP is a USD250-million project which represents the single largest investment in the Province of Masbate. Aroroy has always been an old mining town even before MGP started.There are archaeological discoveries in the area that show early gold mining and trading. For instance, there were Chinese jars from the 10th century that were found in Kalanay Village, Aroroy in 1930s. Kalanay Cave is one of the most important archaeological sites in Masbate province. Furthermore, in 1569, the Spaniards settlers here were trading gold and other commodities with China.Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. operated the mine area in 1980 until 1994. Then, MGP started in September 2007. After its first year of operation, MGP became the largest operating gold project in the Philippines. This ranking still remains today.  In 2018, Masbate Gold Project produced an annual record of 216,498 oz of gold.  The money invested by MGP helped the province recover from extreme poverty. In 2009, the Province of Masbate ranked as the 8th poorest province in the Philippines. By 2015, it later ranked as the 30th.  It was on that year when MGP produced its first one-millionth ounce of gold. Moreover, before MGP started their operation, the town was a 4th-class municipality, but today it is a 1st-class municipality.Education comprises a fourth of MGP’s Social Development Management Program (SDMP). MGP believes that giving opportunities for the less fortunate in their impact area to go to school is a legacy that will benefit generations. MGP has been providing scholarship grants to many high school and college students from its host communities. This started in 2009 during the first phase of their SDMP. Since its launch, there are now a total of 486 college scholars and 433 high school scholars who have graduated. This year alone, there are about 127 college graduates and 147 high school graduates as a product of MGP’s scholarship program. During the “Testimonial and Recognition Ceremony” event, Philippine Resources Journal interviewed one successful scholar. She is Ms Gladys Hinate Bangalisan who graduated last 27 March 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, Major in English. She finished her studies in Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology.Gladys is a young mother and MGP helped her achieve her goal of finishing college. In 2011, Gladys was appointed as a barangay health worker. Through MGP's scholarship program, she was able to finish high school and by 2015, Gladys received a college scholarship grant from MGP and graduated last March."For me, being a scholar of MGP is such a big help. I came from a poor family and my parents cannot afford my education due to severe poverty. Because of our situation, I ended up getting married at an early age. I now have two children.”"Despite the fact that I got married at a young age, I held on to my dream of becoming a professional teacher someday. Filminera offered me the opportunity to become a scholar. Because of this, I was able to continue my studies, and with God's grace, I was able to finish.""For people who are against the mining industry, please think of us scholars as living proofs on how mining can bring a positive change in this country. MGP's scholarship program, for example, helps many poor people start a better life, and this is because of mining. Education is the key to success. Just like what our new mayor said, 'Gold will fade in time, but education cannot be taken away from a person.'" For more information about Masbate Gold Project, please visit: https://www.b2gold.com/projects/producing/masbate/_ _ _Acknowledgement:Ms Rosalie Taguba, Ms Noelle Nazareno, Ms Marie Lanie Lanuzo, Mr Rey Carlo Belgica and everyone from the Community Relations Department of Filminera Resources Corp, Masbate Gold Project_ _ _References: The WorldFolio website. Retrieved from - http://www.theworldfolio.com/company/masbate-gold-project-mgp/33/ B2Gold Website. Retrieved from - https://www.b2gold.com/media-gallery/producing/masbate-mine-phillippines/ (14 Nov 2016). "Maayos na! Masbate strips 'poor province' image". Politiko Bicol. Retrieved from - http://bicol.politics.com.ph/2016/11/14/maayos-na-masbate-strips-poor-province-image/
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
AIA Celebrates 20 Years of Leadership in the Auction Industry
This year, Asia International Auctioneers, Inc. (AIA) marks its 20th year in the auction industry. To commemorate its anniversary, AIA organized a remarkable lineup of events, which include the groundbreaking of its new remanufacturing facility, recognition events for VIPs, Top Buyers, Consignors and Employees, and planting of 20,000 mangroves in Bataan.As the country's biggest and fastest growing trucks and equipment auctioneer, AIA has sold over 130,000 units and served about 58,000 satisfied customers in its 86 successful auctions since 1999. Today, it continues to deliver exceptional value by providing the highest quality trucks and equipment to various industries nationwide.AIA 20 Years BackAIA's story began in 1996 when its founders, who had prior auction experience in Japan, recognized the unique potential of establishing the very first proudly Filipino-Japanese owned auction company in the Philippines. At the time, the economy was unstable due to the Asian Financial Crisis. While others cast doubt on the viability of conducting auctions amid the bleak business climate, AIA’s founders took a great leap of faith and worked vigorously for the materialization of AIA, the premier and pioneer trucks and equipment auctioneer in the Philippines.Since then, auctions have increased popularity with AIA at the forefront. The company’s first auction in Subic Bay was held in 1999 with only around a thousand units available. 20 years later, AIA has grown exponentially and is now auctioning off over 12,000 items per year.AIA Breaks Ground on its New Remanufacturing FacilityTo kick-start AIA's 20th-anniversary celebrations, the company held the official groundbreaking of its remanufacturing facility in Subic Bay on March 15, 2019.The project marks another milestone for AIA as it will vastly transform the company's remanufacturing operations and quality control procedures. It will include a modernized and advanced assembly line incorporating AIA's No Cut, No Weld, No Bend Conversion Technology System using brand new and original left-hand drive parts. It will also be equipped with highly developed facilities for comprehensive and systematic quality control.With this major development, AIA will continue to fulfill its customers' evolving needs by offering only the best quality and widest selection of units at competitive and affordable prices.AIA Hosts VIP Appreciation Night for its Top BuyersAs a way of showing gratitude for their continued patronage, AIA brought together its VIP and top buyers on April 25 at Segara Villas in Subic Bay for an evening of celebration, special gifts, grand prizes, dinner and entertainment.The highlight of the night was the recognition and presentation of awards to AIA's top buyers. One of the awardees, Philipp Po of Leyte United Trading, said he has seen how AIA grew since he first joined its auctions in 2000."There are a lot of small and medium enterprises that have been established because of AIA. For my family, our trucking business started with AIA and has grown in consonance with our requirements, which we have also sourced from AIA. I believe that AIA will be here for the next generation and beyond, and I can attest their leadership in the auction industry," Po said.AIA COO Paulo Armamento shared that on top of these special events, AIA honors their customers and values their trust by providing them with high standard trucks and equipment."We are proud to say that AIA has not only become the largest and leading auctioneer in the country, we also became the benchmark that stimulated a safer trucking and transportation system by raising the standards for used trucks in the market," Armamento said.He concluded the event by reaffirming the company's commitment to work harder in delivering its promise of quality and reliability. AIA Consignors Tee Up for Golf and Awards DayTo honor its consignors who have been with the company throughout the years, AIA hosted a Golf and Awards Day on April 28 at Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club. Plaques of appreciation and tokens were given away during the awarding ceremony.AIA's consignors always go above and beyond in exporting the highest quality trucks and equipment directly from Japan. The company's premium range of products is meticulously screened so that only the best-of-class units are included in the auction lineup. Because of its consignors, AIA could showcase the most comprehensive array of light, medium, and heavy-duty units from the top brands such as Isuzu, Fuso, Hino, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Kobelco, and Tadano among many others.AIA holds 20th Anniversary Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving NightAIA's 20 years of leadership in the auction industry can be attributed to the men and women who constantly provide excellent service to AIA's customers. Thus, the company recognized its personnel at its Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving Night on May 15.A total of 78 employees who have worked with the company for ten, fifteen, and twenty years were given Meritorious Service and Loyalty awards. AIA plants 20,000 mangroves for its 20 fruitful yearsAs a way of giving back for AIA's 20 fruitful years in the auction industry, the company planted 20,000 mangrove propagules in a 10-hectare coast at Abucay, Bataan on May 17 in cooperation with DENR and the SBMA Ecology Center. 165 volunteers took part in the program.AIA initially started its biodiversity conservation and mangrove reforestation programs in 2015.AIA took on the responsibility of caring for a total of 15 hectares of protected sites and had since planted around 25,000 mangroves in various areas. “We specially picked Mangrove Planting as the core activity of our CSR programs because of its environmental significance. Mangroves are powerhouses when it comes to carbon storage.Studies indicate that mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests. This is so relevant to our industry for ways we all know. Unlike other one-day tree planting activities, ours is a continuing activity as we will see to it that the mangroves will survive and serve its purpose,” said AIA General Manager Atty. Ma. Leonora Tabladillo.Join AIA's 4-Day Trucks and Equipment Auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22AIA will continue to celebrate its anniversary with more events and activities in store for its customers. Watch out for AIA's upcoming four-day auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22! Inspect and select from a wide variety of over 2,300 trucks and equipment as it opens its gates on June 16, 17 and 18 and join AIA’s Auction Fair for more surprises.For more information about AIA’s auctions, contact them at (047)-252-3333 or visit www.aia-auction.com.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology
With a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior rotating and axial adjustment technology. In many applications, the pump’s throatbush is the component that has the shortest life compared to the impeller and liners, with considerable variability. Adjusting the gap between the throatbush and the impeller front shroud reduces hydraulic recirculation in the pump. This prevents localised wear on the throatbush, improves hydraulic efficiency and lowers the total ownership cost for the operator. To avoid impacting the plant’s production, these adjustments are often performed while the pump is operating. However, this can have safety implications for individuals working at the front of the pump unit. “Manually adjusting an alloy throatbush on a large pump requires several people and is labour intensive. It requires mechanical tools to adjust the four pusher bolts, one at a time, in order to reduce the gap between the throatbush and impeller. We wanted to find a safer and quicker way to extend the wear life of the pump with regular adjustments, which led us to development of this technology,” states Marcus Lane, Global Product Manager for Centrifugal Pumps for Weir Minerals.“Our automated throatbush adjustment solutions are available for pumps fitted with either rubber or alloy throatbushes on Warman slurry pumps used in the most arduous applications, and have been designed with our customers’ safety and pump operation in mind. By mechanising the adjustment procedure, personnel are removed from the line of fire, and the accuracy of axial movement is increased,” states Ron Bourgeois, Director of Slurry Pumping Technology Group for Weir Minerals. Weir Minerals’ automated adjustment systems speed up the process, allowing for more frequent adjustments with minimal effort. When maintaining an alloy throatbush, all four bolts are adjusted at the same time to ensure even adjustment and accurate positioning, improving the wear life of the throatbush. Rubber throatbush adjustment is considerably different because it poses the risk of hysteresis and premature failure of the throatbush. The goal is not to adjust to a minimum clearance but to maintain a standard gap to ensure that there is no contact between the impeller and throatbush, whilst periodically rotating the throatbush face to avoid acceleration of localised wear. “We developed an automated rotating solution which maintains an optimum gap between the throatbush and impeller front shroud for the particles to flow through without catching and tearing the rubber. The localised surface wear is usually near the discharge position, but by slowly rotating the throatbush, we even out the material loss over the entire face. Field results have been very positive, showing an average of 40% increase in wear life,” states Claudio Needham, Application Engineer for Weir Minerals. For the smaller Warman® slurry pumps used in medium to heavy duty applications, Weir Minerals offers a single point adjustment mechanism, providing both axial and rotational repositioning. This allows one individual to safely stand to the side of the pump while making the adjustment.Mining operators who have trialled Weir’s adjustment technology have reported improved wear life and safer, simpler maintenance through the process of regular adjustment. Weir Minerals has already taken its adjustment technology one step further by integrating it with their IIoT Synertrex® platform to offer predictive maintenance feedback. “This is made possible through machine learning. Over time Synertrex learns from past adjustments, recording how many times the throatbush was adjusted and the magnitude of adjustment each time. This trending data is collected and analysed by Synertrex to communicate future adjustment requirements. Through automating all adjustments, we can successfully communicate remaining useful life, and inform customers of optimum times to adjust the pump to increase efficiency and maximise wear life,” Marcus Lane concludes.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
The New Wirtgen 220 SM/220 SMi: Surface Miner for Raw Material Extraction and Routing Operations
With the introduction of the 220 SM/220 SMi surface miner, Wirtgen is unveiling a new machine designed especially for use in small and medium-sized mining operations as well as for routing work and infrastructure projects. Selective Extraction of Raw MaterialsWith a cutting width of 2.2 m and a cutting depth of up to 300 mm, the 220 SM/ 220 SMi can extract raw materials up to a uniaxial compressive strength of 50 MPa. The extracted material is deposited behind the machine in a windrow and then loaded onto trucks with wheel loaders. Selective extraction makes it possible to mine raw materials with a high level of purity. The use of surface miners also reduces the amount of equipment, maintenance, and time required compared to drilling and blasting or rip-and-stack mining. In addition, refraining from drilling and blasting makes it possible to efficiently mine materials close to industrial sites and other infrastructure like pipelines or high-voltage power lines, which ultimately results in the optimized exploitation of the deposit. Thanks to its compact dimensions and smooth, hydraulic, all-track steering, the smallest Wirtgen surface miner has a tight turning radius, which is particularly beneficial in small mining fields.Routing Operations and Infrastructure ProjectsThe 220 SM/220 SMi can also be used for routing work and infrastructure projects. Where excavators or other machinery reach their performance limits, the 708 kW powerhouse can cut even the hardest rock, reduce it to the desired maximum grain size, and create stable and even surfaces with extreme precision. The excellent maneuverability of the 220 SM/220 SMi also makes it ideal for routing narrow sections such as ramps.Highly Productive Cutting Drum UnitThe heart of the 220 SM/220 SMi is the optimized cutting drum unit. Specially designed for challenging windrow applications, the cutting drum turns the power delivered by the engine into maximum cutting power, and as a result, increased productivity. In this process, the high, narrow sides of the holder base ensure that material flows smoothly and energy consumption is kept to a minimum. This results in reduced wear and tear on the housing, holders, point-attack cutting tools, and scraper blade – even when mining hard, abrasive material. All of the 220 SM/220 SMi’s components are designed for extremely demanding open-cast mining applications. This also applies to the massive track units with strong dual-bar base plates for excellent advance, even in difficult conditions. LEVEL PRO PLUS Leveling SystemThe 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.Effective Safety Concept The safety of operating and maintenance personnel is the highest priority in open-cast mining In the ROPS/FOPS operator’s cabin, the operator is protected from external hazards. The cutting drum is easily and safely accessible from the rear through the scraper blade, which opens hydraulically. Pick changes are only carried out when the engine is off. Plenty of space to move, a hydraulic pick ejector, and a milling drum rotation device further simplify this process. Unintentionally switching on the miner can be prevented mechanically by locking the battery and starter isolator, which allows maintenance work to be carried out safely when the machine is shut down. The rear view camera offers excellent visibility for fast, safe maneuvering. When reversing, Reverse Assist offers the operator added support.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook - 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.