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Philippine Resources - July 01, 2021

Weir Minerals Launches Multiflo® Mudflorm Submersible Pump for Large Particle Handling 

Weir Minerals, global leader in the provision of mill circuit technology, dewatering solutions and services, has launched the new Multiflo® MudfloTM hydraulic submersible slurry pump. Engineered for abrasive applications and large particle handling, the Multiflo® MudfloTM pump features a hydraulically driven wet-end specifically designed to efficiently and safely reprocess and relocate tailings ponds, maintain water retention dams and manage slimes and sludge ponds. The innovative solution combines the Warman® MGS pump-end, Multiflo® CB32 hydraulic cutters and ESCO® excavation teeth to provide efficient pumping of highly charged and abrasive slurries. Weir Minerals' unique Ultrachrome® A05 chrome alloy impeller ensures high wear resistance and the specially engineered suction strainer minimises the risk of clogging by preventing large solids & debris  from entering the pump. Drawing on decades of Warman® pump design experience, the Multiflo® Mudflo™ pump is capable of pumping between 150 and 1,200m3/h, up to 82m head. The Multiflo® CB32 hydraulic cutters feature market-leading ESCO® Ultralok® tooth system to prevent premature breakage, avoid tooth loss and protect the integral locking system to ensure the continuous operation of the pump. Engineered by the Weir Minerals dewatering pump experts in Australia, it is available for global customers from July 2021. “The Multiflo brand is synonymous with high quality and long-lasting equipment. In designing the Mudflo pump, our dewatering experts drew from the very best Multiflo, Warman and ESCO technology and used advanced hydraulics to create an innovative and cost-effective new solution for mine dredging applications,” Cameron Murphy, Director of Dewatering Weir Minerals APAC said. Weir Minerals understands that success is built from enduring partnerships based on close collaboration and a mutual commitment to safety and technical excellence.  “It is not uncommon for sites to use a combination of pumps, shovels, excavators and trucks for dredging applications. When one of our long-time partners in Indonesia contacted us about developing a custom solution for the slurry build-up in their sumps, we knew we could provide a better solution,” Geoff Way, Weir Minerals Dewatering Specialist said. “We’re problem solvers. We considered our customer’s pain points and engineered a new solution to efficiently and safely manage their site processes,” he said. The Multiflo® MudfloTM pump can also be retrofitted to competitor OEM equipment; the quick-hitch plate attachment ensures convenient installation and removal from hydraulic excavators.   The Multiflo® Mudflo™ pump can be assembled on land, eliminating the safety risks associated with assembling pumps over water. Furthermore, the new hydraulic hose management system reduces the risk of hose entanglement and trip hazards, all the while providing a reliable hose bend radius to ensure smooth oil flow. The Multiflo® MudfloTM pump will be available globally from July 2021. Discover more at https://info.global.weir/mudflo

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Imelda Residents: Help Came When We Needed It Most

A helping hand. TVIRD’s Community Relations team led by Khalil Tabernero distributed food packs to Imelda Town’s flood victims who were lining-up alongside the company’s service vehicle.  Physical distancing was strictly implemented in the queues while some food packs were delivered directly to households by the team. “It was a touching gesture.  The assistance provided to us came when we needed it most.  Thank you so much, TVIRD,” said Imelda Town residents who were provided with food packs by TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD). The assistance came after the devastating storm battered the town and hit Barangay Poblacion the hardest. Danny Gamil, leader of a barangay purok (a subset of a barangay) and neighbor Nolyn G. Palme said the arrival of the food packs helped their families survive for days after Storm Crising brought heavy flooding. Gamil is one of the town’s earliest settlers.  He said all the residents of his purok and others of this barangay received the food packs delivered by the company’s Community Relations personnel who were led by Khalil Pope Tabernero. The company’s efforts provided immediate relief to an estimated 400 families in the municipality. Earlier, TVIRD provided assistance to some 250 families from Barangays Dimalinao, Kahayagan and Dipili directly after Crising battered these barangays with strong floods and extraordinary rainfall.  PAGASA warned of “isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods and rain-induced landslides” in vulnerable areas.  Specifically for Zamboanga del Sur, this is not the first time that a natural disaster of this magnitude brought savage destruction to homes and farmlands.  A touching gesture “I was really touched, seeing all those goods delivered to us by TVIRD.  Its arrival comforted us, made us see the goodness of men,” said Palme, 29-year old wife of a fish vendor and mother of three.  She said that their family had no income for days and that she and her husband have been clearing their house of debris after it was submerged by flood water. “Everything was washed away by the flood.  We only salvaged our TV set and a cooking utensil.  We are hard-up and do not have income.  Adding to our misery was the lockdown imposed on us again – we cannot even go out.  But thanks to TVIRD’s food packs, which sustained us for several days,” Palme said. Imelda food packs being distributeded Farmer and tricycle driver Gerson F. Bacleta, said TVIRD’s help was unexpected, especially since Imelda is located almost 50 kilometers from TVIRD’s facilities in Bayog Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur Province.   “We did not expect it, but I am grateful because the assistance helped feed my family for three days.  It was the only assistance that we received after the storm,” he said.  “Sadly, my rice land is buried with mud and can no longer be salvaged,” Bacleta shared.  He would have harvested about a month after the storm. Devastating flood Gamil said the May 14 flood was “devastating.”  However, he also refuted reports that it was the first time Imelda town experienced this kind of flooding. “Hesus, 47 anyos na ko. Dili lang kay kini ang baha nga nakahatag ug daku nga kadaut sa among lungsod. May mga baha kaniadto nga nalunopan pod ang mga balay (Jesus!  I am 47 years old already.  This is not the only flood that brought so much destruction to our town. There were floods before that also submerged houses here),” he said. Imelda is a fourth-class municipality situated along Sibugay River, which is considered the longest body of water in Sibugay Province.  During the May 14 flooding, a huge volume of water from the river found its way to Imelda and other towns of the province.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

One Year Hence: Communities are at the Heart of Agata COVID-19 Initiatives

Photo Credit: TVI Resources - Agusan del Norte PDRRMC receives COVID-19 Kits that include rubber boots, alcohol, face shields, face masks, gloves, and water supplies.   It has been more than a year ago since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as global pandemic. This deadly virus triggered devastating economic and social disruption as it shuttered business establishments and affected millions with death and disease.  By the end of the first quarter in 2020, the Philippines was likewise left vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. In active response to the needs of the community, Agata Mining Ventures Inc. remained committed more than ever to serving its stakeholders by rolling-out projects that aimed to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic. COVID-19 initiatives At the onset of the pandemic, the company distributed various Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Manila as part of its immediate response to the needs of medical frontliners in the Mindanao region.   Along with mother company, TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD), Agata distributed critical PPEs: N95 face masks, face shields and surgical and examination gloves to protect frontliners, including local government personnel, medical workers, police, civilian volunteers and checkpoint personnel. It also provided relief to more than 10,000 families in its respective areas and sourced majority of its fresh vegetables from farmers and other goods from local establishments.  The company’s initiative did not only address food shortage but also provided a source of income for local producers. Aside from directly supporting the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolks, Agata also aided its communities by capacitating its people with new skills.  The company’s Mabakas Techno Demo Farm provided scholarships and trainings for the locals, bringing its total number of scholars since 2018 to almost 4,000. The National Certificate courses at Mabakas are funded by the company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) funds and conducted in partnership with the country’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).  These courses also aim to help the graduates obtain alternative livelihood and tap economic opportunities despite the pandemic. Agata extended additional assistance to displaced students by providing school equipment to enable them to study from home. The company distributed heavy-duty photocopiers and paper supplies to partners Barangay Tinigbasan National High School and Elementary School, Barangay Lawigan Elementary School and Kauswagan De Oro Elementary School in Barangay E. Morgado. A reliable partner Today, Agata continues to performs its role in building communities as it creates employment opportunities for the general welfare of its stakeholders.  During the pandemic, the company recruited a total of 78 new personnel – majority of whom are from Caraga. “I am thankful that despite COVID-19 I am able to get a new job.  I know it is not easy to be employed, given our situation now,” stated Precious Erap, resident of Butuan – a newly-hired purchaser at Agata. Dareem Angob, a resident of Santiago Municipality of this province, expressed that her ‘acquired knowledge’ from the Mabakas Organic Farming course, which she took during the pandemic, is very useful and that she now has a vegetable garden right at her doorstep. Agata likewise promotes organic backyard gardening as an alternative source of food and income during the lockdown.  It also conducts regular information and education campaigns on COVID-19 to keep the communities abreast of health protocols. Driven by its philosophy of “Starting it right, keeping the end in mind,” Agata continues to operate responsibly throughout the pandemic while ensuring the integrity of both the community and its natural environment. It also continues to create new innovations that conserve natural resources as well as pave the way for the people’s progress – all for a sustainable future. 

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Miragrid® GX Geogrid – Segmental Block Retaining Wall application at Davao City Coastal Road

Project Data Project : Davao City Coastal Road Bago-Aplaya Section - Segmental Block Retaining Wall Year of construction : 2017 – on going Client : Department of Public Works and Highways – Region XI. Material : TenCate Miragrid® GX Geogrid Introduction: The Davao City coastal road bypass project will traverse from Roxas Avenue to Bago Aplaya, cutting through NHA Kadayawan Homes, Matina Aplaya, and Bolton Isla. Three roundabouts (or rotundas) will be installed in the 35-kilometer coastal stretch at Roxas Avenue, Times Beach area, and Matina Aplaya. Increasing population and continuous development of the Davao Region leads to the worsening traffic congestion within its major roads. The coastal road project will definitely abate and address the traffic congestion within the city. Problem: The Bago-Aplaya Section facing Davao Gulf going to Talomo is an elevated highway with a 90 degree vertical slope on both sides. The contractor then needs to stabilized and reinforced the embankment effectively. Solution: Segmental block wall reinforced with TenCate Miragrid® GX Geogrid was chosen for the final design of the project for its fast, durable, aesthetics and cost effective construction. Reinforced segmental block wall system consists of precast concrete blocks stocked to form the wall facing, with the soil/sand backfill behind reinforced with Miragrid®GX Geogrid. The blocks are moulded with an interlocking mechanism that allows them to firmly interconnected. The geogrid reinforcement laid horizontally in the soil backfill, is connected to the concrete blocks via the interlocking mechanism at specific design heights of the wall. The construction of the reinforced segment block wall system provides a relatively flexible structure that can tolerate differential settlement without causing distress to the structure.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Fishermen in a mining community harvest 12,000 kilos of bangus in 4 months

GAMAWA is a 21-strong fishermen’s cooperative in a mining community of barangay Wanke, Claver, Surigao del Norte. Republic Act 11535, creating the position of a Cooperatives Development Officer (CDO) mandatory in all local government units (LGUs), was signed into law last April 9.   This directs the LGUs – from the municipal, city, and provincial levels – to appoint its own CDO. In Taganito Mining Corp. (TMC), a CDO is a regular job description – someone in charge of identifying promising groups in different sectors in the communities to guide and assist them to organize their own cooperatives. Edelina E. Peraz is the Community Development Coordinator at TMC and she says “as a mining company, TMC is tasked by law to ensure social and economic development of the communities and we have long acknowledged the significance of a successful cooperative to achieve this” says Peraz. One of the organizations that Peraz has been assisting since its inception is the Gagmay’ng Mananagat sa Wangke (GAMAWA), a cooperative of small fishermen in barangay Wanke, in Claver, Surigao del Norte. Last month, GAMAWA recorded another big harvest – a total of 4,270 kilos of bangus that converted a total sale of P480,238.00 pesos.  But their biggest record was last December when they harvested 7,928 kilos of bangus that sold for a whopping P889,292.00. GAMAWA President, Felix Saranza’s leadership style is key to the success of the organization.  CDOs, Urbiztondo (right) and Peraz (left) express that his success is TMC’s success as well.  The success of GAMAWA also showcases the effective leadership of its president, Felix Saranza. “It is important to understand the interests of the individual member and of the whole group, to keep the organization intact, until everyone gets the taste of the fruits of everyone’s labor,” says Saranza. “It is a democracy, I cannot decide until everyone involved agrees, so it can be very hard sometime, but in the end, it is all worth it because members actively participate when they know they have a say in decision making,” Saranza adds. “We owe all our accomplishment to the support of TMC,” Saranza declares. Since 2017, TMC has inputted an accumulated fund of some P5.5 million pesos from the mining company’s Social Development Management Program to help GAMAWA build state-of-the-art fish cages in a 450-square meter area with 3 chambers that can handle 30,000 bangus fingerlings in a single cropping. “In a cooperative where you have members with different personal quirks, different economic challenges and demands, different issues, you need a strong leader respected by everyone to keep things together, and Mr. Saranza is perfect for the role” explains another CDO, Judy B. Urbiztondo, Senior Community Development Specialist for TMC Urbiztondo says the Co-op of GAMAWA has gone through a lot of challenges and sacrifices that taught the members valuable life lessons that got them to what they enjoy today – a strong cooperative and a sustainable livelihood.  But success, according TMC’s CDOs, means the cooperative will be able to grow the fish farm bigger to better the lives of its 21 members for years and years to come. “Taganito Mining’s partnership with GAMAWA aims to prove the strength of a collaborative effort between the mining company and its communities toward a shared goal of empowering cooperatives,” explains Engr. Artemio E. Valeroso, Resident Mine Manager at TMC. Valeroso adds that another worthy take away from the success story of GAMAWA are the information from the members that help define how communities can actually take active part in the success of societies. Taganito Mining is located in Claver, province of Surigao del Norte. Its area of operations is within the Surigao Mineral Reservation.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Dams and Tunnels Site Investigation: Downhole Test using Borehole Televiewers and Pressuremeter

Projects involving dams and other hydroelectric infrastructure, such as shafts and tunnels, have a high geotechnical risk and are often located in remote, mountainous terrain so that application of high resolution, portable geotechnical equipment offers highly effective solutions to help de-risk a ground engineering project. Our experience is that the use of these tools always improves the accuracy in the interpretation of ground conditions and very often provides a much more accurate representation of ground conditions over conventional drilling.  This is because the tools measure the drillhole wall which is undisturbed relative to the core which might be highly disturbed due to drilling mechanics. The advantages are more accurate design, better understanding of ground and often a better project price. RDCL’s wireline geophysics equipment is highly portable and well suited for these projects, which include the identification of suitable hydroelectric sites, and fracture detection, prior to tunnelling (vertically and horizontally). Our acoustic and optical televiewers create very detailed imagery of rock structures which combined with our high capacity pressuremeter for in-situ measurement of rockmass modulus, greatly assists design and the evaluation of ground risks. Why and What are Borehole Televiewers? Televiewers provide a continuous, orientated, high-resolution image of the borehole wall, often superior to conventional core logs, which offers many advantages to geologists and geotechnical engineers,. The data provides repeatable, checkable information about geology, structure, fractures, stress orientation, provides depth control where core recovery is poor and importantly allows orientation of structures even where ground conditions are poor. How Borehole Televiewers Work The acoustic televiewer logs the borehole wall in terms of hardness, measuring the amplitude of a high frequency sound wave. Hard rocks reflect high-amplitude signals and soft rocks and fractures reflect low amplitudes. The individual measurements of reflected amplitudes are made continuously by a rotating a 360° transducer. The result is a map of the borehole wall with an individual resolution of about 2mm in ideal conditions. Acoustic Televiewer (ATV) data is aligned with magnetic north. Fractures and bedding planes appear as sinusoidal lines where the deepest point on the line is the direction of dip. Tool centralisation is important to ensure similar travel time and signal strength in all directions. Data resolution reduces with wider diameter boreholes, and in some cases thick drilling mud due to signal dispersion. Because the acoustic televiewer is sensitive to rock hardness and can measure fracture orientations and apertures (lost in drill core), it has become an important geotechnical tool in both sedimentary and hard-rock formations. Acoustic televiewers most often in fluid filled holes to ensure the sound wave can travel through medium. If data is required from dry boreholes (above the water line), the Optical Televiewer (OTV) should be employed. It measures the colour and shade of reflected light, basically a 360°camera. The borehole wall is lit by a ring of diodes on the tool and reflections are directed to a light-sensitive sensor via a conical mirror. Resolution is very high, with pixel sizes down to well below 1mm at HQ borehole diameter. The optical televiewer provides an orientated photograph of the borehole wall at high resolution and without perspective. The system does not offer a travel time image, and log quality is dependent on clean borehole fluid if it is run below the water table. In slim holes, optical televiewer images can be of such high quality and value that it is usually worth flushing the borehole to remove mud from walls and replacing dirty fluid before logging. Subsurface Data Output and Characterization using Televiewers • Characterise ground conditions in terms of condition, stiffness, fractures and lithology • Gain an understanding of the groundwater conditions • Investigate the condition of existing structures associated with dams and tunnels Borehole Televiewers + Pressuremeter Test The Pressuremeter provides an indication of rockmass deformation modulus by inflating a bladder in a borehole to pressure the walls, with strain measured by strain gauges.  The tool is suitable for soft rock and hard rock. These characteristics are for the design of important structures such as underground openings, and pile foundations for bridges and high-rise buildings. Pressuremeter tests provide parameters to assess stability, rock mass deformability (creep, rebound and permanent characteristics) that all feed into designs for tunnel linings, concrete dam foundations, bridge supports and lateral deflection analysis shafts. Borehole televiewers and pressuremeters are cost effective portable systems that provide on-site geological and geotechnical data in real time outputs and processed outputs. RDCL’s downhole technologies provide effective rapid deployment for engineering design, works during construction and monitoring throughout the structure’s life. Battle Proven Technology The Philippines are one of the leading countries in the development of dams and tunnels in the Southeast Asian region. RDCL are based in Manila with staff and equipment. This means we can respond fast, mobilizing for domestic projects effectively and safely during a time when the world is restricted by global travel. From Run-of-River hydroelectric systems, concrete dams, bulk water storage, pumped storage, mine tailings dams, subway tunnels and regular geotechnical applications, both the televiewer and pressuremeter has proved to be reliable and invaluable tools.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

The Manitou Group is a Key Actor in the Mining Sector!

A recognized expert: Distributed in 140 countries through a network of 21,050 dealers, Manitou is recognized worldwide as the maker of superior machines for construction, agriculture, and mining. The mining sector is particularly important for Manitou, with a 30-year history of developing specific solutions for mine sites in 10 countries all around the globe. A dedicated production plant: Castelfranco In 2014, the group opened a “Mining Competence Center (MCC)” within its production plant in Castelfranco, Italy. This center houses 10 R&D experts who are constantly conceiving dedicated telehandlers and accessories for mining usage. Machines are configured to cater perfectly to the needs required by each mine site, for open-pit mines or underground mines. Among the adaptations realized: reinforcement of electrical wiring, emergency braking systems, protection grids on the whole cabin, emergency stop buttons....this list is far from being exhaustive! This expertise is particularly valuable in an increasingly competitive environment. Cedric Augereau, Sales Director for the Southeast Asia region, explains: "Thanks to this competence center, we are able to bring real added value to our users. We offer our users tailor-made machine-accessory solutions capable of significantly increasing their productivity while providing them with optimal safety on sites that are particularly exposed to risks.” 7 models of telescopic forklifts dedicated exclusively to mining are produced in Italy, with a global offer of over 30 accessories. These machines have a lifting capacity of up to 33,000 kg for heavy duty applications on the largest mining equipment. Basket attachments in underground mines When extracting ore from underground mines, the risks are many and varied. In order to overcome these eventualities, the group is setting up very robust basket attachments to get as close as possible to the walls, while benefiting from great stability. These baskets can carry up to three people. The group also offers a standard range of mobile elevating work platforms or basket attachments compatible with telehandlers for all maintenance applications in tunnels or underground mines. A complete range of tire handlers for underground and open air applications Thanks to the all-terrain telescopic handlers and a range of 7 tire handlers, Manitou offers the possibility to perform tire changes in complete safety. The "radio control" option allows these operations to be done remotely, with an optimal view of the operation. The maneuver is made safer and easier for the operator even on slippery or rough terrain. Two solutions for cylinder handler: With a capacity of 4,000 kg, the CH 4 cylinder handler is simple and robust, it ensures the efficient replacement of cylinders in mining equipment. The CH 10 clamp, with a capacity of 10,500 kg, allows the replacement of the largest cylinders (diameter > 60 cm / weight up to 10.5 tons) and ensures a safe, simple intervention without suspended load. The radio control provides precision to the maneuver, avoiding any damage to the cylinder and the machine. A wide range of rough terrain forklifts Manitou has rough terrain capability ingrained in its DNA. For more than 60 years, we have been offering solutions to handle the load in tough applications. Our M and MC forklifts are adapted for mine sites. With a high ground clearance, 4-wheel drives, and stable mud tires, these machines will help you increase the productivity of your mine sites. A strong representative dealer in the Philippines: For more than 6 years, Pinnacle Parts Company, Inc. has partnered with Manitou as their official dealer in the Philippines. They are now accumulating expertise with Manitou products and they offer efficient and reliable service all around the Philippines.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Making Mining Smarter Through Virtual Twins

​ Article by Engr. Jeffrey Q. Geronimo In the recently concluded 2021 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, global leaders in mining have all agreed that the key to reduce risks and create more value in mining is by testing everything in the “virtual world” first. This is particularly done by taking risks, failing, and learning from mistakes -- not just digitally but also virtually. DIGITAL TWIN VS VIRTUAL TWIN “Digital twin” is not a new concept to the mining sector as computer-aided programs such as 3D CAD models have already been existent and utilized for several decades. However, while we have experienced vast improvements and upgrades, these models are still isolated from the real world and remains to be just digital models. This is where the concept of “Virtual twin” experiences come into play. It is a great leap beyond the digital twin experience wherein more accurate and scientific real-world models are taken into consideration such as time, environment, and behaviors in varying conditions and scenarios. This will enable problems and solutions of the company to be communicated faster to different teams across the mining value chain -- thereby increasing the company’s understanding, collaboration and participation. TAKING THE GREAT LEAP Mining companies may already have the fundamental data, processes, and infrastructure they need to begin the shift. What they may be lacking is the state-of-the art connectivity, contextualization, and collaborative platform that will integrate all of its people, processes and data. This will be their portal to the virtual twin experience. This is where the GEOVIA Mining Intelligence suite powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform may bridge the gap. It provides users with an overall view of their mining operations with ultra-fast access to information on top of easy and sophisticated analysis. THE INTELLIGENCE NEEDED BY A SMART MINE The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform connects GEOVIA users with role-based applications to connect people, ideas, data and solutions in real-time. It enables centralized control and viewing of mine data, providing a single source of truth on your business operations. Moreover, it allows efficient collaboration with traceability across the mining value chain The GEOVIA Mining Intelligence suite, consisting of Production Intelligence and Geology Intelligence functions, extends the promise and collaborative power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform by allowing users to reveal, measure and analyze mining data so that they may deeply understand and improve mining operations. GEOLOGY INTELLIGENCE “Geology Intelligence” is part of the Mining Intelligence offering. By simple configuration, it can show block model data in a graphical and tabular format. In addition, it gives emphasis on important information by using graphical techniques and drilldown into information to see more detail. Moreover, it analyzes these geological data and plot these as a chart. An overview of a geological data analysis using the Geology Intelligence function. PRODUCTION INTELLIGENCE Monitor equipment performance: Many mining companies measure their equipment performance metrics through spreadsheets and creating charts manually. While it gets the job done, this tedious process does not easily permit detailed analysis or comparison with historical performance to aid decision making. With the “Production Intelligence” function bundled with the GEOVIA Mining Intelligence suite, equipment performance metrics can now be configured around the mine’s specific Time Allocation Model that enables detailed analysis of Equipment Performance. A dashboard of Equipment Performance: Drill Meters, Scheduled Hours and Availability displayed by Production Intelligence. Monitor production actuals against targets: GEOVIA Mining Intelligence aggregates collected data into a more manageable visual representation that assists in making decisions. This will improve business performance and increase profitability. The proprietary 3DEXPERIENCE platform reporting technology uses index files to ensure very quick and responsive reporting. Production KPI and material flow key performance indicators: With a single glance, material flow and KPIs can now be aggregated and presented for an overall view of the mining operation. This is not exclusive to production departments as any other data related to the mine operation such as the mill plant may be displayed. Mine and Mill Plant data are generally always separated from each other due to their information differences. However, with Production Intelligence, it bridges that gap. Material flow showing locations, quantity, material type and more using Production Intelligence. MINING SMARTER TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY As a step towards virtual twins, we enable a more sustainable mining environment by making it possible to do unlimited iterations, better operational insights, and greater flexibility. It simulates all these value-added services to model complex systems -- making it easier to analyze, test causes-and-effects, and significantly reduce risks faced by mining operations. Let Paramina Earth Technologies, Inc. be your partner towards your virtual twin experience journey. Contact us at paramina_solutions@paramina.com or reach us through our website www.paramina.com for more information.  

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Ground-Breaking Global Study Unveils the Mental Health Minefield of the Remote Rotational Workforce

Whether on or offshore, the work and lifestyle of a remote rotational worker is unique. While lucrative for some, it has long been associated with a high impact on mental health and wellbeing. A groundbreaking global report from the International SOS Foundation and Affinity Health at Work, ‘Mental Health and the Remote Rotational Workforce’, provides in depth insight into the psychological impacts of this unique mode of working. The new study highlights evidence of the high level of suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, impacts on physical health (such as diet) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this workforce. Dr Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Medical Director Wellness and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) International SOS, commented, “There is an urgent need for increased focus, understanding and strategies to mitigate mental ill health and promote better mental health of the remote rotational workforce. This is highlighted in our survey, which uncovers significantly high levels of critical mental ill health issues, including suicidal thoughts and depression. The COVID-19 environment has also added increased stress on this already pressured working arrangement.” Key study findings: 40% of all respondents experienced suicidal thoughts on rotation some or all the time (compared to average of 4-9%). 1 in 5 are feeling suicidal all or most of the time. 29% met the benchmark for clinical depression whilst on-rotation. 52% reported a decline in mood, and their mental health suffered whilst on rotation. 62% had worse mental health than would be the norm in a population. While off rotation, this remains at a high of 31% experiencing lower mental health than the general population. Burn Out The study also exposed that almost a quarter (23%) of the remote rotational workers surveyed experienced emotional exhaustion on a weekly basis. 46% experienced higher stress levels while on rotation and over half (57%) were not engaged in their work. 23% reported that they received no psychological support from their employers. Dr Rachel Lewis commented, “We would expect burn out to be between 2-13% in the general population, so the almost quarter that we see from the survey is particularly high. Burn out can have a serious impact both personally and professionally, on the ability of an individual to carry out their role. Remote rotational work may come with the perks of higher pay, but with its propensity to be isolating at the best of times. On and offshore, working pressures and varying shift patterns also add their weight. And this is not to mention the impact of the current pandemic, which has seen may remote workers unexpectedly away from family and friend networks for longer than anticipated.” Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic 65% experienced increased job demands. 56% increased working hours stress, anxiety 49% concerned for personal safety (before pandemic?) 1/3 became increasingly lonely 23% had more negative physical symptoms (such as headaches and stomach issues) The Tip of the Iceberg Dr Rodriguez-Fernandez continues, “Mental and physical health are intrinsically linked. Organizations and individuals with a Duty of Care to their remote rotational workers should have visibility and a plan of support for their workforce encompassing both.” Over a third exercised less (35%) 38% experienced worse-quality sleep (38%) Over a quarter (28%) were less able to eat a nutritious diet whilst working On the flipside, the majority of respondents felt that their health and safety was prioritized. They report a strong sense of community and support among co-workers and from managers. Many also felt that they could share their mental health concerns with colleagues. Closer to Home In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) has reported an increase of calls on mental health and suicide through the National Center of Mental Health (NCMH) hotline, with over 3,000 individuals supported during the first quarter of 2021. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s supplemental guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19 issued last year has mandated establishments to implement all necessary safety and health programs at no cost to employees. Dr. Carrianne Ewe, Medical Director at International SOS Philippines shares, “Mental health has been an area of concern for organizations as we continue to navigate through this crisis. We have been supporting our clients with rotational workers by incorporating mental health support into their health and wellness programmes. This has become essential to support employees who are experiencing mental stress and pandemic fatigue. It is important to message that they are not alone in their journey and support is within reach through the Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) which can help them with sessions on mindfulness and tips on improving one’s mental wellbeing. This approach helps organizations build the resilience of their employees, ensuring that they are healthy and productive during these challenging times.” The full report, including practical recommendations on mitigation measures for companies is now available here.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

HMC Support to College Scholars During Pandemic

Contributing to a brighter future for its communities is one of the commitments of Hinatuan Mining Corporation-Tagana-an Nickel Project (HMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC). One way to uphold this commitment is by providing investments to support education programs. “The commitment to provide support to education is not hindered by the current pandemic, HMC continues to provide assistance to education programs such as: provision of basic school supplies, basic school fees and matriculation, monthly subsidy to day care workers and teachers and support for college students continue”, said Ms. Myline G. Becera, NAC-HMC Community Development Coordinator. “To date, HMC has a total of 19 college scholars. 16 are funded by the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of HMC and 3 are funded by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”, said Ms. Becera. Educational Support to College Scholars For Shaina G. Gemparo, 2nd year student taking BS Fishery at Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) Malimono Campus, the support given by HMC to her education is important.  “There are many benefits I get as a college scholar from HMC. First of all, the monthly allowance I receive is crucial for me as a fisheries student studying in Malimono since we have school projects which require me to spend. “Secondly, I am thankful for the boarding house allowance since we need a place to stay in Malimono. Our mode of learning is not entirely remote, from time to time, we are required to meet at school for assignments and projects that require face to face interaction. The support provided by HMC has lessen the burden shouldered by my parents. They no longer need to spend money on my education”, she further added. Debbie G. Gemparo, a teacher by profession, is also thankful for the educational assistance provided by HMC to her daughters. Aside from Shaina, her other daughter Nikki also studies at SSCT Malimono taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) is also a scholar of HMC. “I am grateful to HMC for supporting the tertiary education of 2 of my daughters. This is a very big help to our family. Our expenses are lessened since we no longer have to spend much for the educational needs of my daughters since they are scholars of HMC. All they need in school such as basic school fees, place to stay, and food are provided for by HMC”. Support to Remote Learning “As a student during this pandemic, the support provided by HMC is crucial since majority of our classes are conducted online. I use the monthly allowance I receive from HMC to buy WIFI and internet load. Our classes are mostly online, though there are some which require us to meet face to face. I am also thankful for the boarding house allowance of HMC, we do not have to worry where we will stay in Surigao City for classes that we are required to be present physically”, said Angelica P. Laspoña, 1st year student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED)at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City. Jessa R. Gemparo, 1st year student taking up BEED at SSCT Malimono Campus, also expressed her gratitude for the support provided by HMC to her as a scholar. “We use the monthly allowance we receive as scholars for internet to participate in online classes. Some of the allowance we also use as expenses when we need to attend classes in school since not all of our classes are conducted online. Our study is a mix of online and module learning. As of now, the lockdown imposed in Malimono restricts our movement as students, but does not hinder us from improving our knowledge through online learning.” “I am thankful for the opportunity provided by HMC for having me as their scholar. I do not need to ask for assistance from my family to spend for internet connection since HMC provides me with a monthly allowance. Our classes are fully online, we only go to our campus when there are projects and assignments that cannot be sent online”, said Rynelyn Diaz, a 2nd year student of Bachelor of Arts in English Language at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City. Rodofo Diaz, a fisherman by profession and father of Rynelyn is also grateful to HMC for the scholarship given to her daughter, “The support given by HMC is a big help not only to my daughter but also to my family, Rynelyn is one of my 5 children and she is the only one studying in college.” Lester Plaza, 2nd year student taking BS Fishery at SSCT Malimono Campus, is also appreciative of the support provided by HMC. “Being a scholar of HMC has a lot of benefits, specially financially which is important in remote learning for internet connection to stay online. The monthly allowance I receive from HMC is not only advantageous to me but also to my family. I remember in the past when there was a lockdown imposed in our community as part of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to local transmission of CoVID-19, we were able to buy food using the monthly college scholar allowance I saved” “I am thankful to HMC for their support, they are always there. They are our guide to help us reach our dreams”, he added.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Reaping the Rewards of World-Class Innovative Technology

Article by: John-Eric Taburada CAGDIANAO, Dinagat Islands -- Good communication is the key to a harmonious and lasting relationship, not just in our homes but also in our working environment. History tells us that because communication and information are both essential to the foundation of all businesses, paving way to the birth of the world-wide-web. The arrival of the internet made the world smaller and made things easier, especially how communication works for many businesses and industries on the entire planet. Surprisingly, some people are still not keen on “high-tech” stuff because they are afraid to go out of their comfort zones, or they are hesitant to invest on unknown grounds. And most of them will just rely on a “wait-and-see” attitude to avoid the possibility of the unknot. This is understandable, to some degree, because jumping to the next curve is viewed as a risky move. This is where Cagdianao Mining Corporation differentiates itself from the rest: it has the courage to take calculated risks and explore the possibilities. In the IT field, CMC -- a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation -- is the pilot for the Point-to-Point (PtP) technology, which is used to connect the internet to remote locations from areas already connected. In deploying this technology, CMC uses Ubiquiti to connect wireless gadgets to other wireless gadgets -- making it the FIRST in the mining industry to utilize this magnificent technology. Some telecommunications or data transfers today still rely on cables and wires. To make the connection accessible to a distance, one still needs cabling resources. The PtP technology increases the company's communication reach further, even if it is located in a remote mining area. This increasing first-rate connectivity is a great help to the success of the organization. Thanks to the vision of our leaders who think more of the company’s future. CMC’s ICT Team is proud to work hand in hand with the improvement of CMC's work environment, and its members take pride in the fact that they work for a technology-pioneering company in the mining industry. As Dave Packard (one of the founders of HP–Hewlett-Packard Company) once said: “I don’t think it’s useful spending much time looking at the past. I think we ought to spend most of our time looking at the future because that’s where we’re all gonna be.” Indeed, this technology is envisioned to provide employees more motivation to work with confidence as they are assured of enhanced productivity, leading to the fulfillment of targeted goals. These are but a few of the rewards that this new technology brings -- and we'll keep reaping more as we discover the efficiencies and other advantages as we move forward. The CMC ICT Team always works in the background among all departments, and its members sometimes feel invisible. Nevertheless, their passion and commitment are felt all around the campsite as they toil in silence. Their mindset and work ethic can be expressed in their slogan: “Our team is MANY HANDS but ONE MIND."

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Gold mine in Indonesia installing KREBS® UMD™ Pumps to increase safety

Article by Rachel Johnson A large gold mine in Indonesia set a goal to increase safety. As part of the goal, they evaluated the frequency and risk of site maintenance procedures to find areas where they could make changes. They found that their mill discharge pumps had shorter periods between maintenance events than planned, and researched further to find that the wet end components were not reaching the target wear life. Every maintenance shutdown carried a low level of risk, but in a facility that processes 240,000 tons of ore per day, the frequent maintenance tasks added up to be significant. Site management decided that the time had come to investigate other pump options. The conditions the pumps were operating under were highly abrasive and severe, but management was hopeful that a safer and longer-lasting solution was possible. Safety would remain the top priority in any pump conversion plan, but if the downtime caused by pump maintenance could safely be reduced, the increase in production would be welcome. The mine reached out to FLSmidth to ask if they had any solutions. FLSmidth responded with a proposal for a side by side comparison between the existing pumps and the KREBS Ultimate Mill Discharge (UMD) pump. For the comparison, FLSmidth would install a UMD pump at the discharge of one ball mill. The remaining mills would continue to operate with the existing pumps. During this same period, FLSmidth would set up a trial of different material combinations for the suction liner and wear ring in the UMD pump to make sure that the final recommendation would minimize maintenance events as much as possible. The gold mine agreed to the proposal and FLSmidth installed a UMD 650×550 mm (26×22 in) pump at the ball mill discharge. The pump fed the highly abrasive discharge to a cyclone but it was designed for severe duty applications such as this. A trial was planned in phases to test different combinations of the suction liner and wear ring, with the materials for the impeller and casing remaining constant. At the same time as these materials were to be tested, all components would be compared with the wear experienced by the remaining discharge pumps. Before starting the first phase of the trial, FLSmidth established targets that the life of the suction liner assembly would be 200% of the competitor pump, the life of the impeller would be 220% and the life of the casing would be 102%. At the end of the first phase of the trial, the UMD pump was stopped to evaluate wear. Even wear was seen across the wear ring, but the suction liner showed little wear and could have been used longer. At this point, the suction liner assembly (which includes the wear ring) had already run 306% of the competitor’s suction liner life and with a new wear ring the suction liner could have lasted significantly longer. Regardless of remaining wear life for the suction liner, it was decommissioned to prepare for the second phase with a new wear ring and suction liner material. After the first phase, the impeller and casing had significant life remaining, as expected. These parts had not reached the end of their wear life for the UMD or competitor pumps. New materials would not be tested in the trial so they were left in the pump to continue the comparison. Component Wear Life (%)  Competitor pump 24×20  Target Wear Life (%)                      UMD 26×22               Run 1 & 2 Wear Life (%)         UMD 26×22            Run 1 Wear Life (%)            UMD 26×22            Run 2 *Suction Liner Assembly 100% 200% 306% 233% Impeller 100% 220% (still running) **see note 270% (still running) **see note Casing 100% 102% (still running) **see note 90% (still running) **see note * KREBS® suction liner assembly contains the wear ring ** Note that the impeller and casing operated in both Run 1 and 2 and are still running. The current wear life percentages are shown in Run 2. At the end of the second phase of the trial, the UMD pump was stopped again to evaluate wear. Significant uniform wear was seen on the suction liner, but the wear ring showed no signs of wear and could be used longer. The suction liner assembly had run 233% of the competitor’s suction liner life and the wear ring could last longer with a new suction liner. The suction liner assembly was decommissioned to prepare for the third phase with a new wear ring and suction liner material. After the second phase, the impeller and casing still had significant life remaining so they were left in the pump to continue the comparison. At this point, the impeller had already lasted 270% of the life of the competitor’s impeller. The casing had so far lasted 90% of the life of the competitor’s casing, and with the wear seen it was anticipated that it also would reach or surpass the target wear life. Phase three of the trial is ongoing and a fourth phase is planned, so the successes presented here will be surpassed as the best material combination for the UMD wear components is determined. Yet, the existing data shows that the UMD suction liner assembly lasts more than three times the life of the competitor’s liner and the impeller lasts more than 2.7 times the life of the competitor’s impeller. The gold mine is pleased with the results they have already seen from the pump comparison and the added safety that they can expect when the trial is complete and they can proceed with converting the remaining discharge pumps. The added financial benefit of an increase in production due to the decrease in maintenance is also appreciated.

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

Be Confident to Make Good, Timely Decisions During your Nickel and Base Metal Mining Process

​ With new smart, easy and affordable XRF elemental analysis With extensive mining across the world, many mining companies are challenged with decreasing ore grades. “Geologists need not only reliable but frequent monitoring of the elemental composition of ores; so that they can make snap decisions to accurately predict and optimize recovery rates. This in turn making the extraction and separation of base metals - whether nickel, copper, zinc, a profitable process,” shares Dr Uwe Konig, global mining manager and geologist at Malvern Panalytical. Increase your process efficiency and recovery rate That is exactly why Malvern Panalytical offers comprehensive suite of material characterization tools, a safe, quick, and non-destructive method of elemental analysis known as X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). XRF and in particular Malvern Panalytical’s Epsilon range of benchtop spectrometers are widely used by global to small and medium-sized mining companies across the world. Delivering reliable high throughput analysis, so you can be confident to make good decisions Malvern Panalytical’s R&D team has designed a revolutionary model, the Epsilon 4. We are proud that Epsilon 4 combines high analytical performance with low running costs. One of our customers, Ms. Monica Velasco of Berong Nickel Corporation shared, “The Epsilon4 is easy to use. It consistently delivers results according to set standards and is reproducible across different analysis methods. Initial cost is justifiable for the quality of the product. “  “The Epsilon 4 is easy to use. It consistently delivers results according to set standards and is reproducible across different analysis methods. Initial cost is justifiable for the quality of the product,“ says Ms Monica Velasco of Berong Nickel Corporation   Notice the significant improvements in sensitivity with the Epsilon 4 spectrum (yellow) compared to our earlier model the Epsilon 3 (blue spectrum) Fast and sensitive Fast measurements are achieved by using latest silicon drift detector technology that produces significantly higher intensities. Unique detector electronics enable a linear count rate capacity to over 1,500,000 cps (at 50% dead time) and a count rate independent resolution typically better than 135 eV for better separation of analytical lines in the spectrum. This allows the Epsilon 4 spectrometer to run at full power, resulting in higher intensities and therefore, giving better data quality, better limits of detection, lesser interference from overlapping elements and a much higher sample throughput compared to traditional EDXRF benchtop instruments. (See comparison with earlier model in Figure 1). Case study: accurate & repeatable measurements of nickel in as fast as 5minutes 25 secondary nickel ore standards containing Ni, Co, Mg, Mn, Zn, Al, Cr, Ca and Si were used to set up the calibration. All elements were measured in air medium.  On the left, note that the calibration plots demonstrate good correlation between the given concentrations and the measured intensities. On the right, notice the low standard deviations and high repeatability (Repeatability data missing) achieved. Combining the latest excitation & detection technologies and smart design, this data demonstrates how the analytical performance of Epsilon 4 approaches that of more powerful and floor-standing spectrometers.   High throughput analysis with unattended operations of Epsilon 4 The combination of a 10-position removable sample changer with spinner enables the automatic processing of sample batches without the need for operator attention. Continuous rotation of the sample during measurement minimizes any errors caused by non-homogeneity or surface irregularities within individual samples and provides more accurate results. Automatic transfer of data to a central location gives you access to the latest results. Did you know that you can even link the Epsilon 4 to an automation arm for continuous sample loading? Reduce expensive running costs with smart Epsilon 4 technology Little or no expensive sample preparation unlike other traditional elemental methods like ICP or AAS which require long durations of samples digested in acid. Reduce overheads without comprising on performance. The high performance of Epsilon 4 enables many applications to be operated in air atmosphere, without longer overhead time and costs involved for helium or maintenance of vacuum system. Even when measuring in air, Epsilon 4’s smart built-in sensors compensate for temperature or pressure variations. Hence ensuring excellent results whatever the weather. Save on calibration maintenance thanks to our new low-drift X-ray tube and automatic drift correction. Especially for high throughput environments, this ensures no downtime for calibration maintenance. You can be confident of your results always. We take care of your needs from instrumentation to CRMs to tailored standards For the mining and minerals industry, Malvern Panalytical has specially developed a unique set of 15 synthetic, multi-element wide-range oxide known as the WROXI standards. Together with Epsilon 4, WROXI can be used for the analysis of major and minor elements in fused beads. Added benefits! Did you know? WROXI-CRM is manufactured under ISO 17034 accreditation which means the traceability is guaranteed. Being synthetic, WROXI standards will be available forever, and that means there is no risk of the requested CRM being sold out or otherwise unavailable. All of this is possible because of our accredited Nottingham laboratory, in the UK. Through our Nottingham lab, you have easy access to expert knowledge, accredited reference standards and tailored custom applications and standards. Why you consider the Epsilon 4 from Malvern Panalytical for your mine site: Easy, non-destructive analysis with X-ray fluorescence Widely embraced among global mining companies Accurate and repeatable analysis in as fast as 5 minutes Malvern Panalytical, a trusted supplier We provide end to end solutions from calibration reference materials to reliable and smart service support Global outreach with strong local support Malvern Panalytical is proud of its strong network of service support. All instruments undergo rigorous checks and comply with the latest radiation safety norms like the Machinery Directive, CSA, IEC standards. Global, regional and local training hubs have been established for all service engineers and application specialists to be ready to support your demanding requirements. In addition, we also established cutting edge technology and software for remote support. This is much appreciated by clients who are in remote mine-sites. Malvern Panalytical is the only X-ray analytical instrumentation company that has its own X-ray tubes factory. That means no unnecessary downtime waiting for the delivery of your tube. Also no unnecessary middle-man expenses. Great performance, versatile usage The Epsilon 4 has been proven in offering accurate, reliable and fast results. While having the benefits of smart technology to eliminate any unnecessary operational costs and downtime. Global mining companies are using the Epsilon 4 either in their laboratory or next to their site. We hope that the below illustration gives more ideas in terms of its versatile applications. For more information, visit www.malvernpanalytical.com/Epsilon4 ​

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Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021

The first Atlas Copco High-pressure Portable Engine-driven Compressor Y1300 in the Philippine market

Photo Credit: Atlas Copco Philippines - The first Atlas Copco High-pressure Portable Engine-driven Compressor Y1300 in the Philippine market Atlas Copco is an industrial company based in Stockholm, Sweden, with approximately 40,000 employees and customers in more than 180 countries. Atlas Copco is a pioneer in technology and engineering, with expertise relied upon by all industries, all over the world. With market-leading products, solutions, and services help ensure the customers’ reliable operations, optimize their productivity, reduce their costs, lower their CO2-emissions, and help them achieve their own sustainability ambitions.   Atlas Copco (Philippines), Inc. (ACPI) is a world-leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. It was established on March 30, 1967 in Metro Manila with more than 50 years presence nationwide. The head office is located at Laguna Technopark, Biñan, Laguna, and have branch offices in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao, ready to respond around the clock to the customers’ needs. ACPI serves various industries including electronics, semiconductors, construction, cement, agriculture, mining, automotive, food & beverage, and general manufacturing segments. Some of the products include construction equipment, portable compressors, light towers, dewatering pumps, compressed air systems, vacuum pumps, gas equipment sales and rental, industrial tools, and assembly systems. DrillAir range - reliable and efficient power The Atlas Copco DrillAir range of portable engine driven compressor is built scientifically around the principles of pressure and flow. The focus of the range is the relationship between these two variables and for the compressor to find the combination which is right for the application. DrillAir is all about putting the operator in control. Thanks to innovative design and unique performance management solutions, such as Atlas Copco PACE and DrillAirXpert, the new DrillAir Model will deliver better performance in smaller and lighter package applicable to vast industries such as construction, mining, and oil and gas. Y1300 key features and benefits Atlas Copco’s screw element has low energy consumption over a wide range of pressure and flow settings which helps in covering fluctuations without the need to boost fuel injection. Combination of efficient screw compressor, DrillAirXpert and high pressure help to reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%. All Atlas Copco machines are engineered, not assembled. The innovative design that makes the machine results to better performance and smaller package while the top located exhaust system will reduce the potential risk of fire. On top of it, the standardized design makes the management of big fleet easier. The first Atlas Copco High-pressure Portable Engine-driven Compressor Y1300 in the Philippine market The first ever Atlas Copco portable engine driven compressor acquired in the Philippine market was by ABI Interior Hardware, a company based in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. ABI Interior Hardware was established in 2001 at Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental with its main office at Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, initially established in 1997 under the name Alvin Bazaar Incorporated with business focused in hardware and paint industry. In 2002, it diversified its business and opened the Executive Hotel in Ozamiz City, with a clear vision to provide comfort and service to guests at an affordable price. It expanded in 2006 and 2011 when the company acquired a property in Cagayan de Oro City and Cebu City, respectively, and opened the Executive Pension and Food House. It was in 2007 when ABI Interior Hardware ventured into water-well drilling services with nine units of drilling rigs at present. In 2019, with the mission to provide quality industrial, commercial, and residential water-well drilling services as well as pump and well-system repairs to ensure customer satisfaction, ABI Interior Hardware expanded their drilling services with percussion method. It is during this time that the owner, Mr. Mervin Ang, searched for a specific machine that can satisfy their requirements for the pneumatic and hammer drilling applications – a 1300-CFM, 35-bar portable engine-driven compressor. Atlas Copco’s high-pressure portable engine-driven compressor model Y1300 is the perfect candidate for such requirements. In the height of the pandemic situation in the country in 2020, the first ever Y1300 in the Philippine market was delivered to Misamis Occidental with direct support from Mr. Junior Mangatong, Atlas Copco Philippines’ Product Engineer in Mindanao. When asked about why they chose Atlas Copco for their biggest project, Mr. Mervin Ang said, “The Atlas Copco Y1300 really boosted our productivity as we can finish a project within two months, unlike with our previous percussion method that normally takes us six months to finish. The advantages are not only directly correlated to financial savings, but also to customer satisfaction as we can fulfill our commitment and deliver above expectations.” More than the features and benefits the equipment can provide, Mr. Ang also elaborated that the technical expertise and 24-hour service hotline are keys in the decision of choosing Atlas Copco. “Machine has a good performance, easy to operate, has a good protection, and most of all why I chose Atlas Copco is the aftermarket support”, he added. To know more about Atlas Copco’s range of products and services, visit https://www.atlascopco.com/en-ph/construction-equipment or email powertechnique.SEA@atlascopco.com.

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Abe Almirol - June 21, 2021

OceanaGold opens health facility for Covid-19 patients

OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI) has opened an isolation facility for patients infected with Covid-19 at its host community in Didipio here. The facility is also open for patients from its neighboring villages. Inaugurated last June 15, the Didipio Family Health Center (DFHC) can accommodate up to 15 people with separate room allocations for confirmed cases, suspected cases, and close contacts individuals. The facility is complete with medicine for patients with respiratory problems. It is also equipped with oxygen and rapid antigen test kits. OGPI will also allocate one of its company nurses to take special regular duty at DFHC. Following the inauguration of the facility, the four barangay health workers of Barangay Didipio have already transferred to the newly refurbished DFHC facility. The initiative came following the surge of Covid-19 cases in Didipio and neighboring barangays soaring up to 147 cases since March. In his remarks during the facility inauguration, Mayor Romeo Tayaban emphasized the importance of an established isolation structure while noting the continuous rising of cases in the region. “Let’s make this DFHC useful for the next generation,” he said. The mining company allocated around P1.6 million for the procurement of equipment, medical supplies, and the much-needed repairs of the health facility. DFHC will be operated by the barangay LGU with the supervision of the municipal health office here. Village acting chair Henry Guay, in coordination with MHO and OGPI, is now working on the accreditation of the facility by DOH so that PhilHealth members could avail of their benefits when confined to the facility. Dr. Elizabeth Joaquin, municipal health officer of Kasibu, looks forward to the development of DFHC as a hospital in the future so it can cater more patients even from other areas of Kasibu. Engr. Edgar Rivera, officer-in-charge of OGPI, emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation amon the LGUs, community, and private sector in overcoming the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. “As long as OGPI is here, we continue to work with our stakeholders to provide necessary support in the achievement of their goals,” he said. The Covid-19 infections continue to create havoc as more areas outside the National Capital Region become areas of concern. Cagayan Valley was placed under the more restrictive MECQ until the end of the month.

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