The Holcim Philippines-Davao Plant in Davao City recently submitted its 2015 Annual Environment Protection Enhancement Program (AEPEP). This document is a yearly requirement to monitor the company’s compliance to environmental protection provisions stated in RA 7942, otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995. An Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) refers to a yearly environmental management work plan based on the approved environmental protection and enhancement strategy. For this year, total operating expenses for EPEP amounts to Php3.2 million. Among the control strategies stated in the company’s AEPEP include, among others, progressive rehabilitation, where mined out areas are rehabilitated and restored to original state and irregular contours are smoothened and covered with topsoil to enable growth of trees and other vegetation during reforestation. Other environmental activities being regularly conducted include: siltation control, installation of siltation pond, desilting of siltation pond, maintenance of discharge filters, flood control, inspection of drainage systems, maintenance of quarry roads/dedusting and pollution control (e.g. Ambient Air Monitoring, water sampling, noise monitoring, rain gauge monitoring and oil trap maintenance).
The APEX Mining Co. Inc., one of the two producing mining companies in the region, recently submitted its Social Development Management Plan for 2015 in compliance with Administrative Order 2010-21, mandating large-scale mining companies to assist the host communities in the implementation of its developmental programs and projects. The figure stipulated in the company’s SDMP amounts to Php27 million. DAO 2010-21 mandates the contractor, permit holder or lessee to allocate annually a minimum of one and a half percent (1.50%) of the mining project’s total operating cost as the basis for funding the SDMP. The fund shall be allocated in the following program allocations namely: development of host and neighboring communities (75%), information, education and communication (IEC) program (15%) and development of mining technology and geosciences (10%). For the development of host and neighboring communities about Php20.5 million is allocated, for the IEC about Php4.1 million and for the development of the Mining Technology and Geosciences about Php2.7 million.
In line with the IPRA Law which requires the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Indigenous Cultural Communities residing in declared CADT areas, the Nationwide Development Corp.’s or the King-king Copper-Gold Project in Pantukan, Comval conducted a Community Consultative Assembly (CCA) to four impact barangays which will be affected by its operations. NADECOR has a Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) approved in 1992. In compliance to IPRA Law which was recently passed, it conducted CCA to four impact barangays to acquire the FPIC of the said barangays which will be directly affected by its project. Among the barangays which are considered its host communities are the Barangays of Tagdangua, Napnapan, Magnaga and Kingking in the municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province.