BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—The government-approved Didipio mine has spent more than P8 million in the last few months on education initiatives under its Leadership Enhancement and Attitude Development or LEAD program.
Chito Gozar, OceanaGold Philippines Inc.’s vice president for external affairs, said that since 2007, before the mine’s commercial operation in 2013, the Didipio miner had started funding education-related programs for its host communities.
“The program we have helped fund is designed to give residents of our host communities the opportunity to improve their education, and equip them with the tools needed for further learning,” Gozar said.
He said the P8 million is in addition to almost P100 million worth of school buildings and facilities in the host village of Didipio and its adjacent communities in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya and in Cabarroguis, Quirino province.
Gozar said OceanaGold’s LEAD program is in collaboration with Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., a not-for profit organization that aims to improve its scholars’ leadership potential.