THPAL Releases Funds To Help LGU
To help the local government of Surigao del Norte deal with the ill effects of this global pandemic, Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation (THPAL) has from March to August this year released PHP54.1 million.
Eric Macabenta, THPAL public relations officer, said the funds were sourced from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). This came after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) gave a directive for the mining sector to realign their budgets to help in the pandemic response of the government.
Based on its reports, THPAL said that it has already disbursed P2.7 million from its CSR funds and P51.4 million from its SMDP fund. This included relief goods, protective personal equipment, various equipment to local government units, frontliners, and residents, and vehicles.
Macabenta said, "Apart from these, we recently donated RAT (rapid antibody testing) kits, antigen, a multicab, and a motorcycle for medical staff to the local government.”
As part of its measures to help the local government in its fight against the COVID pandemic, Macabenta said that THPAL gave the LGU an iChroma II antigen device which is more accurate in detecting COVID-19 than the usual standard rapid diagnostic treatment; dispatching five nurses to support the health personnel of the local government involved in the Covid-19 response; and in June, donating P 15 million to the Philippine Red Cross to build the first molecular testing laboratory in Surigao del Norte.
The facility is predicted to open this month and is seen to improve the testing and contact tracing of the province.
"THPAL will continue to share its resources to support local government initiatives in fighting Covid-19," Macabenta said.
A hydrometallurgical processing plant, THPAL uses the "high-pressure acid leach" method to convert the low‐grade nickel laterite ore to come out with nickel and cobalt mixed sulfide.