Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) was named first runner-up in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category of the 2015 Asean Energy Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The company won for its reef rehabilitation efforts in Semirara Island. The rehab project involves spawning and reseeding endangered giant clams through its Marine Hatchery Laboratory.
Reseeded giant clams promote diversity where they live as they attract corals, fishes and smaller marine biota.
These giant clams also clean their environment when they sip in seawater for food and then release clean, clear water back to the sea.
The Asean Energy Awards is Southeast Asia’s prestigious annual awards program that recognizes outstanding work for excellence, creativity, practicality and dedication to a cause in the field of energy.
In 2013, SMPC earned second runner-up honors in the same category for its 5Es Program, which aims to uplift living conditions in Semirara Island through education, employment, environmental stewardship, economic empowerment and electrification.
“The 5Es program has transformed a once impoverished, far-flung island in Antique into a first-class municipality that has high-value employment, reliable electricity, potable water, well-maintained schools, improved infrastructure and thriving local economy for its residents,” said SMPC.
The same program also brought SMPC to the list of finalists in the Platts Global Energy Awards, described as “the Oscars” of the energy industry.
The award is an annual program of Platts, a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information, to recognize exemplary industry leadership and innovation.
Hundreds of energy industry representatives are expected to attend the 2015 Platts Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala in New York City on December 9.
Established in 1999, the Platts Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and performance excellence in 17 categories spanning the energy complex.