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CBNC Pays Php 64.6M Real Property Tax to the Municipality of Bataraza

Picture-taking with the replica check. From extreme left is Hon. Laurence Amores, Barangay Kagawad of Rio Tuba, Mr. Alfredo Tolentino, Principal, representing DepEd Bataraza, Hon. Nelson Acob, Barangay Kagawad of Rio Tuba, Mr. Edelita Aguirre, Municipal Treasurer of Bataraza, Hon. Adora Saiyo, Barangay Kagawad of Rio Tuba, Mr. Eduardo Pacifico, Executive Secretary of the Office of the Mayor, Mr. Bernie Martinez, Accountant of CBNC, Hon. Antonio Sadongdong, Vice-Mayor of Bataraza, Mrs. Anita Mangigin, Municipal Planning Officer of Bataraza, Hon. Ernesto A. Llacuna, Board Member of 2nd District of Palawan (partly hidden), Mrs. Pendi Badidil, Budget Officer of Bataraza.

“We are thankful to CBNC for paying their taxes on time”. This is what the Municipal Planning Officer of Bataraza said during the ceremonial turnover of the first quarter payment of the real property tax of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation or CBNC.

The ceremony was held on March 26, 2012 in front of the Bataraza Municipal Hall after the flag raising ceremony of the municipal employees. CBNC turned over Sixty Four Million, Six Hundred Twenty Two Thousand, Nine Hundred Forty Seven Pesos and Seventy Eight Centavos (₱64,622,947.78) representing the first quarter payment of its real property tax. Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) is a hydrometallurgical processing plant operating in Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan. It started its commercial operations on April 2005 and attained its nameplate capacity within one year. To date, it still holds the title of being the most successful HPAL plant in the world.

The handover was witnessed by Vice Mayor of Bataraza, Hon. Antonio Sadongdong, Members of Rio Tuba Barangay Council, which barangay will receive part of the RPT of CBNC, Department Heads of the Municipality, Municipal employees, DepEd representatives and some residents.

Palawan 2nd District Provincial Board Member Ernesto A. Llacuna who was there to witness in behalf of the provincial government, said “the amount will surely assist in the development of Bataraza and the educational system in Palawan”. Board Member Llacuna also lauded Mayor Ibba in bringing a much-developed Bataraza during his term.

Meanwhile, MPDO head, Mrs. Anita Mangigin explained in front of everybody present that of the total amount paid by the CBNC, half or 50% would go to the Special Education Fund (SEF) that is to be allocated equally between Provincial and Municipal School Boards and the other half to the local government units (LGUs) for their development projects allocated as follows: Province of Palawan – 35%; Municipality of Bataraza – 40% and Barangay of Rio Tuba – 25%.

Meanwhile, aside from the RPT paid by CBNC, 11 barangays of Bataraza are also recipients of various projects through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). The SDMP of CBNC for the year 2011 amounts to One Hundred Forty Two Million, Three Hundred Thirty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred Eighty Nine Pesos and Fifty Two Centavos (P 142,337,289.52). This amount is directly given to recipient barangays in the form of projects in infrastructure development, education, livelihood and other basic services. CBNC also continues to provide decent housing to indigenous  people (IP) through Gawad Kalinga Housing Project and provides alternative learning also to IPs through the Indigenous Learning System. Free medical assistance is also extended to IPs and indigents through RTNFI Hospital. Finally, a ₱54 million Level II Water System project for 6 barangays in Bataraza is underway at present.

Rated K (Anti-Dengue Campaign)

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In 2013, Barangay Rio Tuba was recorded with the most number of cases of Dengue in the whole Province of Palawan. Immediate coordination was made to Rural Health Unit (RHU) and Palawan Provincial Health Office (PHO) and other concerned agencies to create and synchronize plan to avert the disease from continue spreading.

A grand launching was held through the Town site Clean-Up. This is to draw the attention of the residents and let them know that the condition is alarming and their effort and cooperation to address the problem is really important. A massive information campaign was conducted in the whole of Rio Tuba. It was done in all schools in Rio Tuba and in every sitio. The local radio was also used to disseminate information. Aside from the guesting of the RTNFI doctor and company representatives to talk about the case, a radio plug is also being played in intervals to continuously remind the residents about the 4 o’clock habit. Fogging was also done in complete cycles. To keep the campaign more successful, a dengue-free town site was also launched. Through the contest, the active and continuous cooperation of the residents will be assured. All areas in CBNC elected their respective coordinators to lead and oversee the participation of the residents.

AWARDS RECEIVED AT 58TH ANMSEC

CBNC was given the Titanium Achievement Award by the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA) Selection Committee at the 58th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference held last November 2011 at Baguio City.

CBNC also received the Runner-up Trophy for the Safest Mineral Processing Award - Extraction Plant Category awarded by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).