Baguio City: Agata Mining Ventures Inc. (AMVI), a joint venture between TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD) and MRL Nickel Philippines, was again recognized for upholding the mining industry’s highest safety standards during the recently-concluded 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC).
At the end of the four-day conference, AMVI was honored with back-to-back awards: The Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA-Platinum) in the Surface Mining Operation Category and the Best Mining Forest Award (2nd Runner Up) in the Metallic Mining Operation Category.
In previous years, the company was also given the Titanium Award in the Surface Mining Category during ANMSEC’s testimonial dinner and annual awards night, which is traditionally held at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center. AMVI achieved these milestones within its first year of operations.
Following its first ISO 14001:2004 surveillance audit – during which it exceeded expectations by logging over 11 million safe man hours and a 97.12 percent survival rate of its cultivated plants at the Agata Project – AMVI chalked another landmark achievement at the recent ANMSEC.
After a series of field validations, the committee shortlisted the company for the Platinum Award based on its environmental management (including rehabilitation and environmental protection), safety and health, performance and compliance, the implementation of its social development management programs, and the effective roll-out of its information, education and communication programs.
AMVI was conferred the Best Mining Forest Award on the merits of its reforestation program: development plan, nursery operation, planting activities, maintenance and protection, biodiversity conservation, IEC and research.
To date, AMVI has planted over 200,000 trees in and around the Agata Nickel Project area in Tubay Municipality, Agusan del Norte. It continues to plant trees along the riverbanks, watersheds and waste dumps; undertakes river and coastal clean-up as well as waste segregation activities with community residents and local government units.
AMVI’s coral relocation and coastal resource management program is the first in the region and was given an Outstanding Performance Award by the DENR.
AMVI adopted Kalinawan River in 2010 which the Intertek Audit Team inspected during the ISO audit along with other smaller tributaries that run through the Agata MPSA. The 29-kilometer Kalinawan River is the cleanest inland body of water in the Caraga region and possibly the entire province.
AMVI has maintained a spotless record with no Notice of Violation since it brought operations on-stream in 2014.
In addition to its ISO certification, it has been awarded in the regional level for its reforestation program and the first company in the region with a Community Royalty Development Program (CRDP) for the long-term sustainability of its indigenous cultural communities.
The implementation of AMVI’s CRDP brought forward the sustainable benefits of IP Royalties received by the Mamanwa tribes to improve their livelihood, living conditions and their fellow lumads’ access to education.
The company also established the Agata Community Emergency Response Team to safeguard people and properties from imminent risks. For this, AMVI won various awards in medical and fire competitions at the regional level this year.
The PMIEA was established under Executive Order No. 399 on February 03, 1997 in compliance with the policy that mineral exploration activities and mining operations shall not only be pro-environment but also pro-people.
“The 64th annual national mine safety and environment conference again brings together advocates of responsible mining within and outside the mining communities where we operate. This includes not only the mining companies but also our regulators, suppliers, academe services contractors and local government units and communities,” said PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento, who co-organizes the annual ANMSEC with the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau.