Cagdianao Mining Corp. (CMC), based in Valencia, in Dinagat Islands, and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. (RTNMC), based in Bataraza in Palawan, are this year’s proud Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) honorees presented with the “Presidential trophy” for outstanding initiatives in the pursuit of excellence in environmental management, made doubly special as it was conferred during the pandemic year. CMC and RTNMC are subsidiaries of NAC, the country’s largest nickel supplier.
According to the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB), an agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the award is given to operating mines that have shown exemplary performance in the area of environmental enhancement and protection; safety and health; social development; and corporate social responsibility.
Engr. Arnilo C. Milaor, resident mine manager at CMC, cited the doubled efforts of employees who devoted personal time to achieve the commitments for all their stakeholders.
This is a back-to-back win for the Dinagat-based mining company which also collected the Presidential Award last year.
For 2020, Cagdinao Mining committed P55.5 Million worth of Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) and P47.3 Million for the development of CMC’s host and neighboring communities through the company’s Social Development Management Programs (SDMP).
Engr. Aloysius C. Diaz, NAC VP for Operations said that proof of their commitment to the communities are the improved living conditions in the mining areas, citing the 19.2 km farm-to-market road worth P12 million to connect barangays to the main provincial road.
Rio Tuba Nickel, which has won this most-coveted “Presidential Award” 4 times – 2002, 2015, 2018, and 2020. expended P66.5 million for AEPEP and P36.2 million for SDMP in 2020.
“With strict enforcement of preventive measures against COVID-19 to protect employees and our host communities, we did not have work stoppage with no recorded-case of infection within the mine site, and, most significantly, we did not lay-off any worker,” shares Engr. Cynthia E. Rosero, RTN’s Resident Mine Manager.
According to Environmental Planner, Janice M. Tupas, Mines Environmental Protection and Enhancement Dept. (MEPED) manager of RTN, the PMIEA scoring is 50% environmental management; 20% safety and health; 20% implementation of SDMP; and 10% for information and education campaign or IEC.
Executive Order 399 issued in 1997, which established the PMIEA, states that the award is to recognize “outstanding levels of dedication, initiative, and innovation in various aspects of operations in the country’s minerals sector.”