QUEZON, Nueva Vizcaya: A British mining firm here has renewed its commitment to provide millions of peso-worth technical and financial assistance to villagers in Barangay Runruno in its effort to help improve their economic status.
FCF Minerals Corporation community relations manager Melanie Valenciano said they are continually supporting at least 14 livelihood projects through the provision of capital assistance.
FCF, a British-based mining contractor, has been tasked by the national government through a Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA), to undertake the multibillion-peso Runruno Gold-Molybdenum Project here.
Valenciano said the initial capital assistance was provided by FCF and that the ensuing capital build-up is now lodged with the officers elected from among the members of each livelihood organizations.
FCF records showed that the beneficiaries of its livelihood program are the Vegetable Growers Association, Busat Upland Farmers Association, Tayab Women’s association, Compound Women’s Association, Dumaliguia Rattan Makers Association, Dumaliguia Women’s Association, Marangad Rural workers Association, Dipilipig Development Association, Kinalabas Rural Workers Association, Bit-ang Women’s Livelihood Association, Cabinuangan Highlander Association, Malilibeg Pagbiagan Association, Baddang Kiphodan Association and the Runruno Gold Panners Association.
“Our company’s provision of livelihood projects is a commitment to help villagers who were not able to secure employment from our company due to their lack of skills and other qualifications,” Valenciano said.
FCF officials said the mining firm is in its construction phase where a need of manpower has increased tremendously employing more than 1,000 workers.
She explained that these projects are also primarily implemented to respond to an expected demands for goods and services as a result of the influx of mining workers in the community.
Besides the provision of livelihood projects to villagers, Valenciano said the company provides the needed management skills and other trainings to empower these micro-entrepreneurship organizations.
“We will see to it that the recipients of the firm’s livelihood projects will continue to operate and sustain their businesses even when the mining contract with the government has expired and that mining activities have stopped,” she said.