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Mining companies in Region XII, in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII, extended assistance to communities affected by the current pandemic by re-aligning their Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) to COVID-19 interventions.

Assistance to properly manage the impacts of the pandemic will be extended by the regions’ mining companies through the “Realignment of Social Development and Management Program’s Unutilized Funds to Support Affected Impact and Non-Impact Communities due to COVID-19” as mandated by the March 27, 2020 Memorandum of MGB Acting Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano.

 The SDMP is a comprehensive five-year plan mandated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order No. 2010-21 or the  Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7942, also known as the “Philippine Mining Act of the 1995” of the.

The SDMP is a tool created for the general welfare of the community to sustain improvement in the living standards of the host and the neighboring communities of a mining project through community development programs and projects.

The mining companies implemented activities pursuant to Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan Heal as One Act” that includes distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), food, grocery items and sacks of rice for the community, provision of vehicular checkpoint tents and 1-unit truck to convey relief goods and other essential resources.

 

SMI distributed sacks of rice to members of ICC Salnaong at Liberty Core Farm in Tampakan. Photo Courtesy of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.