Philippine Resources - May 16, 2022


Photo credit: Apex Mining Apex Mining Co., Inc. finished the first quarter of 2022 with consolidated revenues of P2.2 billion, a growth of 46.11% yoy. The growth comes from increased milling tonnage of 23.3% and increased gold grades of 19.7%, as well as, a 7% increase in selling prices. The ramp up in production volume is part of the planned increase from 2,000 tpd to 3,000 tpd. The mine and mill operation is ahead of budget production rate of 2,250 tpd for the year and has encountered better grades than expected. Net income for the first quarter stood at P645.5 million, a 131% increase yoy. Translated to earnings per share this is equal to P0.114 vs previous year’s number of P0.049. Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 11 conferred the Safety Milestone Award to Apex Mining for recording 7,549,768 man-hours without lost time accidents between 11 March 2021 and 20 March 2022. Apex Mining also earned the Compliant Tenement Holder for CY 2021. Both honors were conferred to Apex Mining at the Stakeholders Forum held at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao de Oro on 08 April 2022. The forum’s theme was, “Harnessing Disaster Resiliency Through Responsible Mining”. Also in March this year, Apex Mining’s fully owned subsidiary, Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc. (ISRI) received the Safety Seal from the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) — the first mining company in CAR to get the seal.   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange 


Philippine Resources - May 09, 2022


Nickel Asia Corporation recently announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022 with an attributable net income (net of minority interest) of P1.05 billion, an 80% increase from P584 million net income reported during the same period last year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to P2.20 billion, a 30% increase compared to P1.69 billion in the prior year. “The global nickel industry continues to labor under a record deficit – with an even larger projected deficit this year as compared to the previous year”, remarked Martin Antonio G. Zamora, President and CEO of Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC; PSE: NIKL). “Coupled with continued strong demand for stainless steel and the accelerating trend in demand in the electric vehicle market, these factors have been beneficial to our metals and mining business”, he added. Although nickel ore sales volume decreased by 10%, from 2.65 million wet metric tons (WMT) in the first quarter last year to 2.39 million WMT in the same period this year, revenue from the sale of nickel ore increased 17% year-on-year, from P2.85 billion in 2021 to P3.32 billion in 2022, as the weighted average realized price of ore sold increased 22% from $22.21 per WMT last year to $27.03 per WMT this year. Breaking down the ore sales, the Company exported 651 thousand WMT of saprolite and limonite ore to Japanese and Chinese customers at the weighted average price of $46.90 per WMT in the first three months of the year, compared to 845 thousand WMT at $45.60 per WMT in the same period last year. Likewise, the Company delivered 1.74 million WMT of limonite ore to the Coral Bay and Taganito HPAL plants, the prices of which are linked to the LME, and realized an average price of $11.80 per pound of payable nickel. This compares to 1.81 million WMT at $7.96 per pound of payable nickel in 2021. Expressed in US Dollar per WMT, deliveries to the two HPAL plants generated $19.58 and $11.29 in the first quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively. Furthermore, as a result of higher LME prices, the Company recognized gain from its equity share in its investments in the two HPAL plants in the amount of P305 million in the first quarter of 2022, a 166% increase compared to P115 million gain in the same period last year. The realized Peso to U.S. Dollar exchange rate for ore sales was P51.51 compared to P48.38 in the prior year. Total operating cash costs increased by 8% year-on-year to P1.67 billion from P1.55 billion in 2021. On a per WMT of ore sold basis, total operating cash costs increased to P701 per WMT compared to P583 per WMT last year. On the Company’s foray into the renewable energy business through Emerging Power, Inc., Mr. Zamora had this to say: “We remain on track to complete Phase 3B of the Subic Solar Project, which would bring its total capacity to 100MW by May of this year, and expect to begin work on Phase 4 towards the latter part of the year, leading to a total capacity of 200MW by 2024. Further, we have made significant headway with respect to our 1,000MW renewable energy pipeline.” Mr. Zamora added, “We continue to monitor extraneous factors such as the lockdowns in China that may affect the global supply chain and impact our businesses as well.”   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange


Philippine Resources - May 04, 2022


Photo credit: Bilyonaryo OceanaGold Corporation reported its financial and operational results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. Details of the consolidated financial statements and the Management Discussion and Analysis are available on the Company’s website. Gerard Bond, President and CEO of OceanaGold, said “OceanaGold has started the year strongly with the first quarter safely delivering record quarterly revenue and EBITDA and significant Free Cash Flow. This strong Free Cash Flow generation allowed us to achieve a 29% reduction in net debt and reduce our leverage ratio to 0.40 times. Our stronger balance sheet puts us in a solid financial position from which we can invest in attractive growth projects to create value for our shareholders.” “This quarter’s performance was underpinned by record quarterly gold production at our Haile operation in the United States and a very strong first quarter of full production at our Didipio operations in the Philippines. At Haile, we are continuing to see the benefits of operational and productivity improvements that began in mid2021. At Didipio, the operation achieved full underground mining rates at the end of the first quarter, ahead of schedule by nearly one quarter.” “Though there is a lot to celebrate in the quarterly results, we also know that there is a lot of work ahead of us to fully optimise the potential of the business. At Waihi, poor grade reconciliation at Martha underground had an impact on its quarterly performance. A grade control drill programme is currently underway to deliver improved resource definition and allow for more optimal mine planning and stope sequencing, which we expect will improve the performance of this orebody and mining operation overall.” “We also have a pipeline of organic growth projects that have the potential to create additional value for shareholders. Once we commence development of the underground mine at Haile, we believe we will begin to unlock the true upside potential of this orebody. Looking further ahead, Wharekirauponga (“WKP”) has the potential to be a significant, high-grade mine within our portfolio.” “We remain focused on safely and responsibly delivering on our production guidance for 2022, maximising Free Cash Flow generation and progressing the attractive growth options in our portfolio.” said Mr Bond. Operations The Company produced 134,035 ounces of gold and 3,510 tonnes of copper in the first quarter of 2022, representing a 26% increase in gold production compared to the previous quarter and a 61% increase when compared to the first quarter of 2021. The stronger quarterly production was driven by record quarterly production at Haile and a solid quarter of production at Didipio, partially offset by decreased production at Waihi. On a consolidated basis, the Company recorded an AISC of $1,084 per ounce on gold sales of 129,191 ounces and copper sales of 3,711 tonnes. AISC was 18% lower quarter-on-quarter with the benefits from a full quarter of operations at Didipio partially offset by increased sustaining capital investments. The Company’s AISC decreased 14% when compared to the first quarter of 2021, also due primarily to the inclusion of a full quarter of operations at Didipio. Haile delivered 60,249 ounces of gold, representing a record quarter for production. This represents an increase of 42% quarter-on-quarter and was mainly driven by increased mill feed, higher head grade and better gold recoveries. Year-on-year, this represents a 36% increase in production, resulting from higher mill feed, grade, and recovery. The higher grades were driven by ore sourced from Ledbetter Phase 1. First quarter AISC at Haile was $1,070 and cash costs were $567 per ounce sold. The Company expects the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (‘SEIS’) Final Record of Decision and receipt of subsequent operating permits to occur in the second quarter of 2022. The permits are necessary to allow underground mine development and expansion of the operating footprint to accommodate the construction of future PAG waste storage facilities and to allow increased water discharge rates. As previously guided, the ongoing delay in the receipt of the SEIS decision and associated permits continues to impact productivity at Haile, where mining rates are limited by additional material and water re-handling, reducing output and increasing costs. Upon receipt of the necessary permits, the Company expects an improvement in operational efficiencies and lower mining unit costs to be delivered progressively over a two-year period. An updated National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 Technical Report for Haile was released 31 March 2022. The recently completed technical review assumed receipt of the necessary permits related to the SEIS by the end of the second quarter of 2022. Didipio produced 29,446 ounces of gold and 3,510 tonnes of copper, reflecting a 98% increase in gold production and 51% increase in copper production quarter-on-quarter. This represents the first full quarter of operations since the restart of production in November 2021. The underground mine achieved full mining rates at the end of the first quarter, ahead of schedule. Didipio’s first quarter AISC and cash costs were $40 per ounce sold and $26 per ounce sold respectively. An updated NI 43-101 Technical Report for Didipio was released 31 March 2022. Macraes produced 37,588 ounces of gold in the first quarter, a slight increase quarter-on-quarter and a 9% increase from the first quarter of 2021. Relative to the prior quarter, production increased on higher average head grade that was partially offset by lower mill feed and reduced gold recoveries. Macraes’ first quarter AISC and cash costs were $1,394 and $1,005 per ounce sold respectively. Waihi produced 6,752 ounces of gold in the first quarter, 43% lower quarter-on-quarter and 56% higher than the first quarter of 2021. The quarter-on-quarter decrease in production was attributed to lower ore tonnes and grade mined from Martha Underground, where mining was in areas of the resource with low resource definition and under-reconciled to the resource model in both grade and tonnes of ore. The Company estimates the under reconciliation accounted for approximately half of the negative impact during the quarter, with poor ground conditions in parts of the orebody and reduced workforce availability due to COVID-19 isolations also contributing factors. Results from the accelerated grade control drill program continued to update the resource models currently being used for mine planning. Grade control drilling to support mining for the remainder of 2022 and 2023 is expected to be completed progressively across the second and third quarters of 2022. This program is expected to better inform the detailed mine planning and design process, optimise the stoping sequence, reduce ore loss and deliver improved performance. Preparation for the lodgement of a consent application for the Waihi North Project, inclusive of WKP, continued to progress with environmental assessments nearing completion. The Company expects to lodge its formal consenting application, inclusive of stakeholder feedback, in the second quarter of 2022. The critical path for first production from the Waihi North Project remains the consenting process. Financial The Company reported record quarterly revenue of $285.7 million, reflecting a 37% increase quarter-on-quarter. The Company reported record quarterly EBITDA in the first quarter of $158 million, reflecting a 78% increase quarter-on-quarter on stronger gold sales volumes from Haile, Didipio and Macraes and higher average gold and copper prices received and lower unit costs, partially offset by lower sales at Waihi. First quarter 2022 EBITDA was 155% higher than the first quarter of 2021 related to resumption of operations at Didipio and increased gold prices. First quarter 2022 adjusted earnings after tax were $81.8 million or $0.11 per share which compared to $29.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $17.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. Cash flows from operating activities for the first quarter of $143.8 million exceeded the comparative quarters, driven by stronger EBITDA though partially offset by unfavourable working capital movements. Operating cash flow per share before working capital movements was $0.22 in the first quarter. The Company generated $63.2 million in free cash flow during the first quarter. As at the end of the first quarter Net Debt including equipment leases was $168.4m, which was $69.5m or 29% lower than at the end of December 2021. The Company had immediately available liquidity of $224.7 million, including $194.7 million in cash.   Article courtesy of Oceanagold Corporation

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Philippine Resources - May 04, 2022

Atlas Mining attained Php1.22 billion Net Income in Q1 2022

Photo credit: Bilyonaryo Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation (“Atlas Mining”) reported another record net income of Php1.22 billion for the first quarter of 2022 compared to the net income of Php420 million for the same period in 2021. Higher production and higher metal prices sustained the strong performance of Atlas Mining. The increase in metal prices continued in the first quarter this year where copper price increased by 16% from $3.93/lb to $4.56/lb and gold price from USD1,797/ounce to USD1,885/ounce compared to the same period last year. Atlas Mining’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Carmen Copper Corporation, reported higher copper production and shipments in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year due to higher tonnes of ore milled and higher realized grades. In the first quarter of 2022, copper metal production increased by 26% from 15.93 million pounds to 20.01 million pounds, due mainly to the 8% increase in milling tonnage from 4.22 million tonnes to 4.57 million tonnes and the increase in copper grades by 12% from 0.215% to 0.241%. Gold production increased quarteron-quarter by 22% from 5,346 ounces to 6,015 ounces while gold grades decreased from 5.77 grams/dmt to 5.34 grams/dmt. Accordingly, shipments were higher by 27% from 17.02 million pounds of copper metal in 2021 to 21.69 million pounds in 2022. Higher production and shipments supported by higher prices, pushed revenues to soar by 54% to Php5.49 billion from Ph3.57 billion. Cash costs increased by 50% from Php1.97 billion to Php2.94 billion, due to the increase in volume of shipments and production. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was Php2.60 billion, 55% higher compared to Php1.68 billion in the same period of 2021. Core income was Php992 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to Php579 million, 71% higher compared to the first quarter of 2021. Cash generated from operations enabled additional repayment of debt of US$45 million in the first quarter. With the partial repayment of certain loan, an accounting gain of Php464 million was recognized in the first quarter. According to Atlas Mining President, Adrian Ramos, “With sustained production, Atlas Mining continues to benefit from a strong metals market. We remain focused on keeping our operations resilient and efficient to ensure sustained and optimized earnings even under emerging challenging situations.”   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange


Philippine Resources - May 04, 2022

SMPC completes mine rehab of largest open pit in PH

Integrated energy company Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) has completed its backfilling operations in Panian, once the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines. SMPC spent 11.5 million man-hours to fill the pit with over 452 million bank cubic meters (bcm) of earth material, which is enough to fill 217,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. “We are mindful of our twin role as stewards and government contractor. What we accomplished in Panian is proof of that,” said SMPC president and COO Maria Cristina C. Gotianun. Located in Semirara Island, Panian mine spans 400 hectares with topographic elevations that ranged from 300 meters below sea level (mbsl) to 30 meters above sea level (masl) during its mine life. 300 meters is roughly the height of a 90-story building. SMPC fully covered the pit in six years, way ahead of the original 10-year mine rehabilitation plan. Mine rehabilitation refers to the repair of land that was disturbed by mining activities. The company is now developing a science-based plan to reforest and restore the biodiversity in the area. Panian had a mine life of 16 years and generated P12.7 billion in royalties for the government and SMPC host communities. Of the total amount, P7.6 billion went to the national government while the Municipality of Caluya and Brgy. Semirara received P2.3 billion and P1.8 billion, respectively. P1 billion went to the Province of Antique. In September 2021, SMPC won in the ASEAN Energy Awards (Special Submission category) for its accelerated rehabilitation of South Panian pit, which is considered as the fastest of its kind and scale in the Philippines. SMPC completely filled North Panian with earth material last January, four months ahead of its committed date to the Department of Energy.


Philippine Resources - May 02, 2022


Photo:  Philex Mining Corporation (the “Company” or “Philex”), one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia, and a leader in right and principled mining, generated Php676 million Core Net Income and EBITDA of Php1.182 billion for 1Q2022 due to higher operating revenues on account of higher sustaining Gold and Copper realized prices, stable production and managed operating cost and expenses. Production level in 1Q2022 was within plan and, coupled with higher realized prices for Gold and Copper, lifted operating revenues to Php2.720 billion, higher by 7.5% versus the same period in 2021. Blended realized Gold and Copper prices peaked in March at $1,887 per ounce and $4.59 per pound respectively, driving operating revenues in March to Php1.075 billion, the highest since January. Operating costs were almost the same level as in 1Q2021 at Php1.655 billion. Production Tonnage milled for 1Q2021 was 10% lower at 1.822 million tonnes from 2.025 million tonnes in 1Q2021 mainly attributed to unscheduled breakdown of mill equipment. Ore grades for Gold continue to be at the same level as in 1Q2021 while ore grades for Copper showed improvement over the same period in 1Q2021, mitigating the impact of lower tonnage in Copper production. Gold output for 1Q2022 was 9.8% lower at 12,097 ounces versus 13,413 ounces in 1Q2021. On the other hand, Copper output for 1Q2022 was 8.7% lower at 6.18 million pounds versus 6.77 million pounds in 1Q2021. Operating expenses and ebitda Total operating costs and expenses for 1Q2022 at Php1.655 billion were almost at the same level for the same period in 1Q2021 at Php1.647 billion. The increases in the purchase costs of materials and supplies as well as equipment parts were offset by the continued implementation of work programs in operations, leading to efficiencies in the usage of power and supplies. EBITDA generated for 1Q2022 at Php1.182 billion was 17% higher than the Php1.011 billion in 1Q2021. The Company continue to accumulate cash surplus at a level programmed to partly finance the development of Silangan project by way of additional and fresh cash equity infusion into its wholly owned subsidiary, Silangan Mindanao Mining Co. Inc. Outlook The current global commodity outlook points to sustained prices of Gold and Copper in the near to medium term. These sustained metal prices provide the Company with the ability to implement exploration and studies geared towards funding additional mineral resources/reserves within the current ore body and vicinity of the Padcal Mine. The Company continues to work with its financial advisors for the completion of the fund raising exercise to start the Silangan Project, subject to approval of relevant government and /or capital market regulators. The successful and timely conclusion of the funding exercise will pave the way for the timely development and start of commercial operations of the Silangan project by early 2025. The Company is set to actively commence the development of Silangan as soon as the funding sources would have been finalized and completed, which will be in the form of a rights offer, possibly debt and fresh capital infusion out of the cash reserves of the Company. “The first quarter of the year bore much promise that the mining industry, like the economy, was well on its way to full recovery with the tapering off of the global threat of COVID-19 and the relaxation of stringent quarantine and lockdown guidelines,” according to Philex president and CEO Eulalio B. Austin Jr. “The country, it seemed, was back in business and Philex continued to ride on the strength of sustained production and revenue levels, and took full advantage of the wave of increase in global metal prices. However, the current situation in Ukraine and its impact on the global supply chain and commodity markets makes us tread cautiously towards the remaining months of the year. We are still hopeful that the conflict in Europe will end soon enough. We move with caution and continue to assess and re-assess our plans and our strategies.” “We view the current global situation with guarded optimism,” according to Philex Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan. “Though there are gains to be realized with the spike in the prices of gold, copper, and even nickel, the current tension that is unfolding in Ukraine might impact the country’s and the industry’s pursuit of recovery post-pandemic. If the conflict pushes inflation upward, it could affect the country’s economic growth.”   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange


Philippine Resources - April 22, 2022

Platinum Group Metals Corporation’s first shipment underway and targets 5.5M WMT for 2022

Photo credit: Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) is off to a strong start as Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC) begins its shipment to customers in China with 53,700 WMT of low-grade nickel ore bound for Guangdong Century Tsingshan Nickel Industry Co., Ltd. (GCTNICL). PGMC is the second-largest value exporter of nickel ore in the country. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FNI. “We are upbeat that our mining operations at PGMC have been running seamlessly from the get-go. Weather permitting, we might be able to exceed this year’s target of 5.5 WMT consisting of 60% low-grade ore and 40% medium-grade ore,” said FNI President Dante R. Bravo. Around half of PGMC’s shipment target for 2022 has been slated for, and the rest will be open to other customers. PGMC has a general nickel ore supply contract with GCTNICL and Baosteel Resources International Co. Ltd. for 20 and 30 shipments, respectively. Prevailing market prices for all customers will be determined at the time of their individual order confirmation. “We remain bullish as demand from China continues to be strong, and nickel prices have been rising in recent years. And with current global events adversely affecting oil prices, there is a greater appreciation for electric vehicles, which use nickel for their rechargeable batteries,” said Mr. Bravo.   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange


Philippine Resources - April 19, 2022

Caraga's mineral testing lab fully operational by 2024

Photo: The Caraga Mineral Testing and Research Laboratory, the only mineral testing lab in the region, is expected to be fully operational by 2024. The facility is envisioned to provide highly equipped, accessible, and affordable analytical testing for mining companies in the region. (Photo courtesy of DOST Caraga Director Noel Ajoc) Despite being inaugurated last April 5, the Caraga Mineral Testing and Research Laboratory is not expected to be fully operational until 2024, an executive said Monday. "We are still in the process of acquiring equipment for the facility. If we (could) get the funds for this in 2023, it will fully operate in 2024. Environment-related tests would at least start in January 2023," Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Director Noel Ajoc told the Philippine News Agency in an interview. The equipment will be funded through the General Appropriations Act, and the requested budget for the equipment cost was PHP40 million. The PHP15-million facility was funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Caraga, according to Ajoc. "Once completed, this is the only mineral testing lab in Caraga. Caraga is number one in the country's mining industry," he said, citing Philippines Statistics Authority data. The facility, Ajoc said, will provide analytical services like metal content analysis in support of the mineral industry in Caraga. Mineral processing and metal extraction research will also be conducted in this facility. "We will do analytical tests on nickel and cobalt content of ores, gold content processed by small miners, and environment-related tests like heavy metals content. Once the equipment are acquired, extraction of metals like nickel, cobalt, chromium, gold, and copper from ore can also be done at the lab," Ajoc said. DOST Caraga will do the analytical services. Research and development (R&D), on the other hand, will be conducted by the DOST, higher education institutions, and student researchers. Meanwhile, in a taped report, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the establishment of the Caraga Mineral Testing and Research Laboratory aims to provide highly equipped, accessible, and affordable analytical testing for mining companies in the region. "It is also envisioned to serve as a facility for the conduct of R&D related to the mining industry, including mining wastes and wastewater management," De la Peña said. The facility is located at the DOST regional office in Ampayon, Butuan City. By Ma. Cristina Arayata   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency 


Philippine Resources - April 18, 2022

NegOcc, MGB ink pact to devolve mining papers issuance functions

Photo: Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from right) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Western Regional Director Raul Laput (right) sign the memorandum of agreement for the transfer of functions on the processing and issuances of two mining documents to the provincial government. Witnessed by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II (2nd from left) and Provincial Environment Management Office head Julie Ann Bedrio, the signing rites were held during the Governor’s Permit Holders Forum and Dialogue held at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City on Tuesday (April 12, 2022). (Photo courtesy of PIO Negros Occidental) The province of Negros Occidental has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Western Visayas (MGB-6) for the transfer of mining documents issuance functions to the provincial government. The signing rites, led by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and MGB-6 Regional Director Raul Laput, were held during the Governor’s Permit Holders Forum and Dialogue held at the Negros Residences here on Tuesday. “To everyone present, including the national government agencies, may the good Lord give us the wisdom to find better ways on how we can work together for the furtherance of responsible mining practices,” Lacson said in his keynote message before some 170 permit holders. The MOA provides for the transfer of functions on the processing and issuances of the certificate of environmental management and community relations record (CEMCRR) and social development and management program (SDMP), which are part of new policies affecting sand and gravel as well as quarry extraction in the province. This is based on Executive Order 138 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 21, 2021 or the “Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Government Units, Creation of Committee on Devolution, and for other Purposes”. Laput said the mining industry is considered a major driving force in the country’s local and national economy. “This is a very important meeting of our permit holders and our government agencies to share relevant information, give updates, share concerns and exchange ideas on how we can address issues affecting the industry,” he added. The CEMCRR is issued as proof of a good record of accomplishment of a company or permit holder in terms of community relations while the SDMP is a community development tool required of permit holders to ensure that the host and neighboring communities benefit from the project in terms of livelihood, education, infrastructure, medical and other social development programs. Both documents are part of the requirements for permit applications for quarry, small-scale mining and sand, and gravel for commercial and industrial use. Local issuance of quarry, sand, and gravel for areas below five hectares and small-scale mining permits is a devolved function under the Local Government Code of 1991. Lacson said he has been informed that some applicants and permittees are circumventing the law by applying multiple applications when the ordinance provides that a qualified person may only be granted one permit in any local government unit at any one time. “I want to be forthright with you, always remember that the permit given to you is a privilege, a privilege to use our resources judiciously, not to exploit our limited natural reserves. We are not supposed to do indirectly what is prohibited directly,” he told the permit holders.   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency


Philippine Resources - April 06, 2022


Photo credit: Mining Journal - Gerard Bond OceanaGold Corporation is pleased to announce that Gerard Bond has commenced his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Bond will initially be based in Melbourne, Australia and in the coming weeks will travel to visit all operations and meet with shareholders and other key stakeholders. Mr. Paul Benson, Chairman of the Board, said “Gerard’s start with OceanaGold marks a new chapter for the Company. His wealth of commercial and industry experience and proven track record of driving performance and delivering on business potential will be instrumental in unlocking the Company’s full value, and the Board is looking forward to working with him. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Scott Sullivan for stepping in as Acting President and CEO. His leadership has been instrumental over the past few months, and he will continue to be a key member of OceanaGold’s executive team in his role as Chief Operating Officer.” Mr. Bond added, “I am looking forward to leading OceanaGold through what I believe will be a transformational period for the business, our shareholders and stakeholders. I am inheriting a solid foundation with a highly talented workforce, a suite of high-quality assets, one of the most exciting growth pipelines in the industry, and a tremendous shareholder register of supportive long-term minded investors.” “We will focus on delivering long-term value to shareholders by safely and responsibly optimising all of our operations and maximizing cash generation. This will allow us to reduce our debt, return to paying dividends to shareholders and invest in high-return projects such as the Wharekirauponga Mine in New Zealand and the Haile Underground Mine in the USA. We have a lot of opportunity ahead of us and are focused on safely delivering the full value potential of this business.”   Article courtesy of Oceanagold


Philippine Resources - March 30, 2022

Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc.’s 2021 net income up 5.9% to ₱1.98B

Photo credit: Global Ferronickel Holdings Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI), the country’s second-largest nickel ore producer, recorded a 5.9% net income increase of ₱1.98 billion for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to ₱1.87 billion in the same period last year. Revenues are up by ₱445.5 million or 6.1% to ₱7.71 billion in 2021 against the ₱7.26 billion in 2020. “2021 has been a good year for FNI as we received the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award. It is the highest honor bestowed upon responsible mining companies by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” said FNI President Dante R. Bravo. “We are also delighted with the continued surge in nickel prices, which has allowed us to grow our top and bottom line despite having experienced relatively bad weather conditions throughout last year’s mining season.” The bad weather constituted a lower shipment volume of 13.1% as the Group only managed to ship 90 vessels of nickel ore for a total of 4.887 million WMT in 2021 against the 103 vessels totaling 5.625 million WMT in 2020. The resulting product mix was 77% (3.761 millionWMT) low-grade ore and 23% (1.126 million WMT) medium-grade ore in 2021 versus last year’s mix of 68% (3.831 million WMT) low-grade ore and 32% (1.794 million WMT) medium-grade ore. The overall average realized nickel ore price for the year ended December 31, 2021 was higher by 21.5%, US$31.78/WMT compared to US$26.16/WMT for the year ended December 31, 2020. Low-grade ore was 22.2% higher, US$30.07/WMT in 2021 compared to US$24.61/WMT in 2020. Medium-grade ore was 27.2% higher, US$37.47/WMT in 2021 compared to US$29.47/WMT in 2020. “We are hoping to have more favorable weather conditions in our Cagdianao site this year to boost production, said Mr. Bravo.   Article courtesy of Global Ferronickel Holdings


Philippine Resources - March 29, 2022


By: Engr. Jeffrey Geronimo Mining companies are always challenged by the tight deadlines and targets to timely satisfy the production requirements of the mine.  This has often translated to numerous changes in mining strategies and plans which necessitates adoption of concurrent engineering methods.  However, this also increases complexity due to the parallel activity of various functional teams.  This is not an easy task for project managers and only shows how critical coordination is to prevent overloaded tasks and bottlenecks that may lead to further delays. The ENOVIA Project Manager role on the highly acclaimed 3DEXPERIENCE Mine platform uniquely gives the potential to accomplish zero delays by linking each team member’s mine data to project execution. In effect, mine project management becomes data-driven by being linked with the production targets. The implications of production targets can be quickly assessed against the project schedule. As a result, a project manager is taking action to resolve issues with a full understanding of the impact to the targets. DELIVERABLES PLANNING Project Manager enables users to organize and manage a mining company’s long and short-term targets and execute projects related to the planning and introduction of future targets. Users can associate the plans into projects and organize them into portfolios. A portfolio provides visibility into a project’s road map, individual tasks, and real-time status of milestones to share with other teams or departments. PROJECT PLANNING The Project Manager supports all phases of the project. Once each target is approved, it is updated to a formal project and can be distributed in detail into tasks. Users can then define a task’s hierarchy to help identify which plans to approve based on how they impact the mine strategy. Users can decompose complex activities into smaller manageable sub-projects. They can define schedules to organize and assign project members’ roles, non-working days, and shift turnovers. Tasks can be copied from projects or from project templates, including copying partial task structures. Project Manager also provides bi-directional support and integration to Microsoft Project for project managers that prefer using a Microsoft Project user interface for editing schedule information VISUAL OVERVIEWS Users can also view and edit the project schedule graphically via a Gantt Chart. The phases and tasks are displayed as bar charts based on the timelines, and the milestones and gates are marked on it as well. It illustrates the start and end dates, and displays the dependencies between tasks. It provides for an easy way to study the whole project schedule. FLEXIBLE WORK CALENDARS Being the undisputed global leader in mining software solutions, Dassault Systèmes understands that the mining industry has diverse workforce – most especially when you have multiple mine sites, shift handovers or roster breaks. The work week, working hours and holidays vary across the globe. It also varies based on the type of task being executed and across departments or even the work hours per day in a week. As the 3DEXPERIENCE Mine platform enables “zero-distance”, the ENOVIA Project Manager provides the ability to create flexible work calendars based on organizational and regional factors. Exceptions can be created on a calendar which be customized for holidays or for workdays and can recur on daily/weekly/ monthly/annual basis. There can be a start and end effectivity date for each exception. A practical use of exceptions is for handling mine production cutovers that require extra work longer than usual hours for a set period. The same use of exceptions may be required if a certain task is behind schedule. The company may choose to implement mandatory overtime temporarily. Each task can be on a different calendar based on the location of the task assignee or the type of task. If the task does not have a calendar, then the calendar associated to the user’s location is used, and if the location does not have a calendar, the default project calendar is used. Tasks are scheduled based on the calendar to provide an accurate schedule that reflects the real-life view for work plans. INVISIBLE GOVERNANCE As for traceability, users can capture meeting details to maintain artifacts for historical references. Managers can define meetings, and track who was invited and who actually attended. Agenda topics can be added to meetings with time durations allocated for each topic and associated document attachments for discussion. Issues that need further follow up and recorded decisions are stored as an outcome of the meeting. A sample dashboard of ENOVIA Project Manager’s Task Management app on the 3DEXEPERIENCE Platform ZERO DISTANCE: COLLABORATION AND APPROVALS Users can benefit from a wide range of capabilities for global enterprise collaboration to bring “zero distance” between the mine, main office, and other consultants. Those capabilities include the ability to manage and organize shared documents and structured product data; they also enable the creation of digital workspaces for virtual teams to work together. Users can easily raise issues, organize meetings and track decisions. Any modifications can be formally approved using routes defined by end-users or from standard route templates. MICROSOFT INTEGRATION The ENOVIA Project Manager role can create and access 3DEXPERIENCE data from the most popular Microsoft applications: Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®, Windows Explorer, and Windows Desktop Search. This capability enables enterprise-level collaboration while not disrupting the established productivity of end-users. With product content being managed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform rather than on users’ PCs, organizations are able to create, manage and review product content more securely. With the ENOVIA™ Project Manager on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, all stakeholders in the mining blockchain are aligned with the project goals and status – and work well together in achieving and defining your mine’s success. Let Paramina Earth Technologies, Inc. be your driver in your mine’s digital path to sustainable growth. Contact us at or reach us through our website for more information.   REFERENCE: Dassault Systèmes. (2022). Project Manager.


Philippine Resources - March 28, 2022

DENR seeks media help to monitor mining

Photo: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jim Sampulna calls on the media Friday (March 25, 2022) to help monitor large-scale mining operations in the country, to make sure that they follow the policies set by the government. Sampulna says irresponsible miners have no place in the country. (PNA photo by Che Palicte) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna said Friday that they need help from the media to monitor mining in the country. In an interview here Friday, Sampulna underscored the importance of closely watching mining activities in the country as not to put the environment in danger. "We only need responsible miners, we say no to irresponsible ones. They will be properly monitored by the DENR and the media," he said. Sampulna underscored the media’s vital role in protecting the environment. Recently, the DENR in Davao Region served a cease and desist order to the Riverbend Consolidated Mining Corporation/Arc Nickel Resources, Inc. (ANRI) located in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, for the siltation incident in the area on January 14. The siltation took place at the Mapagba and Pinatatagan Rivers in Banaybanay town after more than 12 hours of heavy downpour. According to DENR-11, the potential source of siltation and discoloration in the two rivers were traced to the active mining activity of the company, based on the multi-agency investigation and assessment conducted on January 15. By Che Palicte   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency


Marcelle P. Villegas - March 21, 2022

Paste Backfill System - A Game Changer in Safety in the Mine

There are many ways and technological advancements that are used in mine sites that prevent disasters and address issues like ground stability at end of mine. One of the most fascinating techniques used by OceanaGold Corp. in assuring the safety of employees and protecting the environment is the use of the Paste Backfill System. Paste backfill is an engineered mixture of fine solid particles (with binder) and water. The paste mixture can be placed in stopes (an excavation in a mine or quarry in the form of a step or notch), and binders may be added (or not) depending on the kind of strength needed for the backfill. Paste backfills are also important in tailings management and mine backfill alternative. Binders are used in paste backfill where structural strength is required of the backfill and where resistance to liquefaction is necessary.[1]


Philippine Resources - March 17, 2022

Semirara Mining and Power Corp earns P16.2b net income in 2021, highest in its 41-year history

Photo: Integrated energy company Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) ended 2021 with a net income of P16.2 billion, the highest in its 41-year history. The 393-percent leap from P3.3 billion the previous year was mainly attributable to an 8- percent rise in coal production, 16-percent jump in coal shipments and 71-percent surge in average coal selling prices. “Our results reflect the hard work of our people. They rose to the challenges of the pandemic and delivered exceptional value to our stakeholders,” said SMPC president and COO Maria Cristina C. Gotianun. Contributions from the coal segment grew by 535 percent from P1.8 billion to P11.4 billion while both power subsidiaries delivered improved performances. Sem-Calaca Power Corporation contributed P3.3 billion, a 154-percent upturn from P1.3 billion the previous year. Meanwhile, Southwest Luzon Power Generation Company recorded a 1,563-percent rise in contributions from P87 million to P1.4 billion. For the fourth quarter alone, SMPC saw its net income expand by nearly twenty times from P297 million to P5.9 billion, its highest profit level for any given quarter. Average selling prices from October to December rallied by 229 percent from P1,354 to P4,452 as global supply disruptions and accelerated demand from China, India and Europe pushed index prices to record levels. Elevated coal prices offset the impact of lower shipments, which was nearly halved (46%) from 4.6 million metric tons (MMT) to 2.5 MMT owing to weather-induced coal production drops in the third quarter.   Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange

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