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Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) made another milestone and contribute in the Palawan’s search for stable and renewable energy to power indigenous communities in far-flung areas as they turned-over the 2nd Micro-Hydro power project in Sitio Gamayon, Taratak in the Municipality of Bataraza.

The indigenous community of Gamayon, headed by Chieftain Nonoy Siplan witnessed the inauguration and commissioning of the Gamayon Micro-Hydro Power Plant project. The project costs P 1.5 M estimated to provide a maximum total of 5 thousand watts to power the 27 households mostly indigenous Pala’wan Tribe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electrification project, is the second one of the two micro-hydroelectric power generation project, constructed and funded out of Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) Fund of the two companies. The first micro hydropower project in Sitio Bohoy, also for indigenous peoples, was funded out of CSR fund of RTNMC and CBNC.

During the inaugural program on March 30, 2016 CBNC consultant Engr. Bernard M. Dacyon, also the designer of the renewable power project, disclosed that the hydro power project can allocate 200 watts for every household during rainy season and 100 watts during dry season. “The source of water in Gamayon stream can only supply up to 5KW of power thus enough to supply the 27 households and tribal hall in the community.” Dacyon added.

On the other hand, Mr. Ernesto Llacuna, SDMP Executive Officer of RTNMC and CBNC said that the “switch on” ceremony is simple but historical.  “On top of this project is contributing to Palawan’s rural electrification program of the Provincial Government of Palawan” Llacuna said.  “This is also in consonance with the present thrust of the provincial government to achieve and implement production of renewable energy.” He added.

On hand during the inauguration are Tribal Council members led by Chieftain and IPDO President Nonoy Siplan, IP project beneficiaries, Bgy. Council members of Taratak and CBNC Comrel General Supervisor Mr. Laurence Amores, RTNMC Comrel Manager Mr. Reynaldo Dela Rosa. The Indigenous Communities showed their gratitude through music and dances (Taruk) of the Palaw’an Tribe.

Chieftain Nonoy Siplan, during his acceptance speech, said that the project is a sign of a good relationship of the indigenous peoples in the mining communities with CBNC and RTNMC. He assured the donors that the project would be taken care for many years.

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CBNC bags another PMIEA 

For two consecutive years, Coral Bay Nickel Corporation bagged the highest award in the Presidential Mineral & Environmental Award (PMIEA). The event was held on November 20, 2015 at CAP Bldg., John Hay in Baguio City during the 62 Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference.

PMIEA is the most prestigious award given to a mining and processing company that displayed exemplary efforts and best practices in environmental protection, mine safety and community development programs in the country. Aside from the PMIEA CBNC was also awarded the Safest Mineral Processing Plant and Best Mining Forest. The awards are manifestation of CBNC's total commitment and dedication in achieving excellence in the different programs mentioned above.

Another re-awarding ceremony was held at Malacanan Palace on January 20, 2016 with President Aquino handling the awards to CBNC President Takeshi Kubota and SMMPH Chairman Takanori Fujimura. In his speech, President Aquino stated that his administration will continue working with the mining industry to ensure sustainable and responsible mining operations in the country.

“We cannot simply ignore the value of mining that is done responsibly, under fair and effective government regulation. The Philippines, after all, is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world, and I believe it to be government's responsibility to pave pathways through which our countrymen can benefit from our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner,” Aquino said at the awarding ceremonies. President Aquino also urged the mining companies to continue and improve their work.

“I encourage you all to continue and improve your good work , and to continue your fruitful engagement with your communities and the government. Together, the Filipino people have already achieved so much in the past five years and seven months, and with partners like you, I am confident that, even as I step down from office, our nation will choose to tread the Straight Path, and give rise to a future where the Philippines can continue to stand tall, and reach heights never before seen,” said the President. (End)

Employees bring joy to the indigenous people of Sitio Mangaringon

Rugged terrain, scorching heat— these were the two most unwelcome companion of the group who hiked to a beautiful mission in Sitio Mangaringon, Tarusan on December 13, 2015.

Sitio Mangaringon is one of the mountainous are of Barangay Tarusan that is inhabited by more than 200 IP families. This year, they were the selected recipients of the reach out activity initiated by Coral Bay Nickel Worker’s Union. Amidst the unwelcoming factors, the group was not dissuaded to continue the activity. Indeed in challenged everyone’s stamina in a two hours trek side by side with the 412th Company 12th Marine Battalion Landing Team led by Lt. Robinson Retoriano.

And that, it was so rewarding to be welcomed by happy and smiling faces of this beautiful-hearted inhabitants who seldom visited by lowlanders. The mere visit to their place is something they are already grateful about. For who else who would want to visit and experience the fatigue and other challenges that this group successfully surpassed.

The gift and surprises that the group brought were somehow mere supplementary to the visit tat made them all the more thrilled. As one recipient had asked, “ Maam bakit po kami ang napili ninyong puntahan?” This statement was also confirmed by their tribal chieftain by saying his constituents were really delighted to be given the kind of attention that the group had given them. One of the organizer had said during the program, “Do not thank us, we thank you because through you, you made us good citizens by allowing us to share with what we have for you.

Indeed, this is true that through these people , we were maybe so busy and focused in our work, we may have little but we are good enough to share blessings that we have.

To all who made way to make this activity possible, thank you in behalf of people of Mangaringon.

Tailings Storage Facility No. 1 Rehabilitation Story

13 Barangays of Bataraza to benefit from the New Level 2 Water System Project

Rugged terrain, scorching heat— these were the two most unwelcome companion of the group who hiked to a beautiful mission in Sitio Mangaringon, Tarusan on December 13, 2015.

Sitio Mangaringon is one of the mountainous are of Barangay Tarusan that is inhabited by more than 200 IP families. This year, they were the selected recipients of the reach out activity initiated by Coral Bay Nickel Worker’s Union. Amidst the unwelcoming factors, the group was not dissuaded to continue the activity. Indeed in challenged everyone’s stamina in a two hours trek side by side with the 412th Company 12th Marine Battalion Landing Team led by Lt. Robinson Retoriano.

And that, it was so rewarding to be welcomed by happy and smiling faces of this beautiful-hearted inhabitants who seldom visited by lowlanders. The mere visit to their place is something they are already grateful about. For who else who would want to visit and experience the fatigue and other challenges that this group successfully surpassed.

The gift and surprises that the group brought were somehow mere supplementary to the visit tat made them all the more thrilled. As one recipient had asked, “ Maam bakit po kami ang napili ninyong puntahan?” This statement was also confirmed by their tribal chieftain by saying his constituents were really delighted to be given the kind of attention that the group had given them. One of the organizer had said during the program, “Do not thank us, we thank you because through you, you made us good citizens by allowing us to share with what we have for you.

Indeed, this is true that through these people , we were maybe so busy and focused in our work, we may have little but we are good enough to share blessings that we have.

To all who made way to make this activity possible, thank you in behalf of people of Mangaringon.

CBNC Passed ISO Recertification

Certification is a valuable tool to add credibility by presenting that one’s product and services meet the expectations of their customers. After three years completion of the Integrated Management System (IMS) , CBNC has been reassessed brilliantly conforming to ISO 14001: 2004 and ISO 9001: 2008 on October 20-23, 2015 by Certification International Philippines, Inc. As a result, an overall satisfactory implementation of the IMS and a generally good level of maintaining compliance to the requirements of the standards were seen.

Certificates had been reissued to CBNC on November 20, 2015 applicable until September 14, 2018. Behind this success are the CBNC Management who have interminable commitment in supporting the IMS, Internal Audit Team (IAT) who strictly conducts internal audits in order to check the company’s conformity to the requirements, ISO Training Team (ITT) who persistently trains and re-educate the standard operating procedures, Document Controllers who maintains and keeps vital document s, and records, and lastly the employees who are always willing to show their cooperation and internalizing the essence of IMS. Although CBNC achieved all this accomplishments, ISO is a continual process and persuade every employee to be constantly heedful in improving their deeds to continuously follow a time-tested cycle known as PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act).