Mining in Visayas and Bohol Island Province

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (MGB 7) has reported that large-scale mining firms spent more than P30 million for social development programs.

MGB 7 director Loreto Alburo said spending on social development programs by large-scale mining firms in 2011 increased almost 270 percent, compared to 2010.

“We have been undertaking close monitoring and supervision of these community development projects to make sure that the benefits of mining will be felt by the communities,” said Alburo.

He said this is in accordance with the directive of Environment Secretary Ramon Paje for regional offices to monitor compliance with the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) “so that reasonable and equitable share from these mining contractors, through the implementation of livelihood programs, will be obtained.”

Mining firms are required to put up an SDMP fund, which is used in implementing projects and activities that are meant to improve the living standards of their host communities and nearby settlements.

The fund can be used in building schools, hospitals, churches, roads and bridges.

Carmen Copper Corp. in Toledo City, Cebu had the biggest budget in the region for social development programs at P18.48 million.

The Philippine Mining Service Corp./Alcoy Dolomite Mining Corp. in Alcoy comes in second with P2.21 million.

Other mining companies with SDMP funds are: Apo Cement Corp./Apo Land & Quarry Corp. with P2.34 million; JLR Construction & Aggregates Inc. with P2.68 million; and Quarry Ventures Philippines Inc. with about P920,000. These firms are all located in the City of Naga.

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc./Solid Earth Development Corp. in San Fernando town put up P2.35 million for the SDMP.

In Bohol, the Philippine Mining Service Corp./ Bohol Limestone Corp. in Garcia-Hernandez town posted P922,000.

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