TUBA, Benguet—Philex Mining Corp. has signed individual agreements with three of its five outlying mining communities on the implementation of social projects for this year amounting to almost P83 million.
The agreements provide for each host and neighboring barangay to field a representative as part of a team that would monitor and assess the social projects.
Represented by Roy Mangali, assistant resident manager of the miner’s gold-and-copper operations in Padcal, and the mine’s manager for Community Relations Aurora Dolipas, Philex Mining signed April 10 the memoranda of agreement with the three communities in the host mining towns of Tuba and Itogon.
Philex Mining’s Padcal mine has Tuba’s Camp 3 and Ampucao, in Itogon, for its host barangays, while its neighboring barangays consist of Camp 1 and Ansagan (both in Tuba) and Dalupirip (Itogon). These five barangays are collectively called outlying communities.
Camp 1, Camp 3, and Dalupirip signed their respective MOAs with Philex Mining, while Ampucao and Ansagan are set to sign their separate agreements with the miner later.
“Regular monitoring activities—monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual —shall be jointly conducted by the parties and corresponding reportorial requirements by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region are religiously compiled with for periodic audit purposes,” the MOA states.