BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA: An Australian mining firm based in this province has sent a team to help in the ongoing search and rescue efforts in Bohol province, which is still reeling from the devastation wrought by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.
Officials of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) said in a statement that an eight-person team was sent “to assist in the continuing search operations in Bohol.”
Marie Joy Josue, OGPI communications and external affairs officer, said that search efforts in Bohol continues in the remote area of Bayong Falls in Sagbayan town where five children were swimming when the tremor occurred.
She said, “The OGPI rescue team—whose members are all experienced miners and veterans in search and rescue operations—is equipped with various excavation gears, equipment, first-aid kits and generators.”
OGPI’s Makati City office received reports from a previously sent rescue team on the successful retrieval of the body of one Patrico Quino, 47, a resident of Barangay Boyog Sur, Balilihan town, on Wednesday.
Brennan Lang, general manager of Didipio Gold-Copper Project of OGPI said, “Our team is equipped with the highest standard of rescue operations ready to deal with such eventualities as our men are trained in sometimes becoming rigorous mining operations.”
“The mining industry can provide remarkable assistance to this kind of disasters and treacherous circumstances because of our team’s extensive trainings and experiences,” Lang said.
OceanaGold is gold producer with projects located on the South Island of New Zealand and in the Philippines. It is among the various mining companies across the country which have sent search and rescue volunteers in the earthquake-devastated provinces of Bohol and Cebu.