SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) — As part of the culmination activity of the Environment Month celebration this year, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Field Office 13 (MGB-Caraga) conducted the succulent dish gardening and environmental video-making contests.
These were participated and supported by several mining companies in the Caraga region wherein the winning entries will be utilized as information, education and communication (IEC) and advocacy materials for environmental protection and preservation.
The CTP Construction and Mining Corporation won the first place for the succulent dish gardening competition followed by Taganito Mining Corporation in second place and Mindanao Mineral Processing Refinery Corporation for the third place.
Meanwhile, for the environmental video making contest, the Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. got the first place; MMPRC as the second-place winner and NAC-Hinatuan Mining Corporation garnered third place.
According to MGB-Caraga regional director Engr. Glenn Marcelo Noble, their agency is encouraging the mining firms to help in improving the lives of the host and neighboring communities.
“MGB targets Caraga region to become the center and model for responsible minerals industry. Apart from the contribution of the mining institutions in the economy, they have also helped the affected communities during this time of the pandemic,” said Noble.
The Caraga-based mining firms have spent around P140 million as assistance to the frontliners, host communities and non-impact communities through their Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
The mining firms have also pooled their resources together for the establishment of the first molecular testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region.
“The mining firms here have manifested their concern to the community members. They promote the principle of people empowerment and give the necessary aid as a form of strengthening their hopes in overcoming the crisis brought about by the pandemic,” said Noble. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)