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All-female NGO gets award from Baguio

AN all-female mining group called Diwata Women in Resource Development Inc. was awarded the Green Thumb Award by the Baguio City local government on the launching of the Bougainvillea Brigade during the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (Ansmec).

Diwata participated in the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association’s (PMSEA) 66th Ansmec, held from November 19 to 22 through a Bougainvilea Brigade in partnership with the Office of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

In a Facebook post, lawyer Joan Adaci-Cattiling of Diwata has expressed her thanks to the Baguio local government for the award.

On November 19, Diwata conducted a bougainvillea planting activity on the occasion of the PMSEA’s 66th Ansmec Conference.

Some 500 bougainvillea plants were planted in Burnham Park, Session Road and in other parts of the city.

The ceremonial planting was held within the grounds of Burnham Park with Arlene Saneo-Magalong, wife of the city mayor, who was Diwata’s guest of honor.

The planting activity was sponsored by Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co., OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc., Philex Mining Corp., Filminera Resources Corp., SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co., Nickel Asia Corp. and WeGen Energy Philippines.

Cattiling also thanked PMSEA and their sponsors (NAC, Philex, Lepanto, WeGen, SGV, Filminera and OceanaGold) and all participants (CMT, Zonta Baguio, Baguio Chrysanthemum Lions Club, Pine Cone Movement and Rotary Club of Baguio).

“We look forward to seeing the 500 Bougainvilleas planted in different parts of [Baguio] City in full bloom soon,” Cattiling added.

Diwata is a nongovernment organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, extractive industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, among others.

It also provides a platform for the promotion of initiatives to protect the land and its communities, particularly the indigenous people — their livelihood, health, education and culture.

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