Several companies from the mining industry have come to the aid of communities affected by the recent eruption of the Mayon Volcano in Albay. Major mining firms donated a total of P 7.7M worth of emergency relief, temporary shelter and medical supplies were donated to the displaced community members who are now in evacuation centers.
Featured photo: Grade school students in Legazpi City march past one of the 25 military-grade tents donated by the Masbate Gold Project (MGP) after their teacher conducted a class inside the tent. The tents, which can shelter up to 40 people, were turned over by Filminera Resources Corporation and Phil Gold Process & Refining Corp., to the Department of Education (DEPED) Region V.
A large portion of the donations were from the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), whose minesite is situated in Aroroy, Masbate, a part of the Bicol Region. It is the single largest investment in the province of Masbate.
The MGP is composed of two firms: Filminera Resources Corporation, the holder of the Environmental Compliance Certificate, the mining tenements, surface rights and the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA); and Phil Gold Processing & Refining Corp., the holder of a mineral processing permit and owns and operates the processing plant.
The two companies donated 25 large tents to the Department of Education (DEPED) to be used as temporary classrooms for the students affected by the Mayon eruption. The schools and classrooms in Legazpi are currently being used as evacuation centers for families who have been moved to safety from the damages and dangers of the Mayon eruption.
These tents can shelter up to 40 people has been approved to be used as temporary classrooms as they have held up to the standards of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Earlier, the MGP has also donated P 3.5M worth of relief goods to the evacuees, joining other mining companies in giving away foodpacks, hygiene products, medical supplies, clothing and dustmask to the affected families.
Other companies who contributed include Orica Philippines Inc., OceanaGold Phils., Inc., Philippine Nickel Industry, Carmen Copper Corporation, Mt. Labo Exploration & Develop Corporation, Rapu-Raupu Polymetallic Project, MGB CAR, Greenstone Resources Corporation, LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., Central Luzon IEC, National Community Relations Practitioners of the Philippines, Carascal Nickel Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, and FCF Minerals.