April 13, 2024
MRFC VISITS PHILEX –The Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee for Philex Mining Corporation convened its 2023 fourth quarter meeting at the Philex Padcal Mine, Tuba, Benguet on Jan. 19 where the committee visited critical locations such as the Bumulo Slide, which is susceptible to geological movements. — Contributed photo

The Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) for Philex Mining Corporation convened its 4th Quarter 2023 MRFC meeting and conducted a site visit at the Philex Padcal Mine, Tuba, Benguet on Jan. 19.

The committee explored critical locations, including the Bumulo Slide, which is susceptible to geological movements, as well as the company’s bamboo plantation area at the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) No. 1 at Sal-angan, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet.

Established in 1999, the bamboo plantation serves not only as a rehabilitation strategy but also as a testament to the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and biodiversity conservation.

The visit continued to the TSF No. 3, where ongoing measures to ensure the facility’s structural integrity and adherence to environmental standards were inspected. Afterwards, the committee assessed the subsidence area, focusing on measures undertaken to address the ground subsidence and ensure the safety and stability of the surrounding environment.

The MRFC later convened for the presentation of the progress made in rehabilitation initiatives and mitigating measures to address the challenges faced.

The meeting emphasized the importance of community engagement, environmental sustainability, and compliance with regulatory standards in various projects. Financial updates on the Mine Rehabilitation Fund and Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Fund were also presented.

The collaborative effort also signifies a commitment to responsible mining practices and sustainable development in the region.

The MRFC for Philex Mining Corporation-Padcal Mine is chaired by Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Fay W. Apil and co-chaired by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno, Jr. who was represented by Atty. Charinne Abalos.

Other key representatives were Engr. Raul Cubangay for Environment Management Bureau Regional Director Jean Borromeo and Engr. Daniel Biala for Philex Mining Corporation Resident Manager Engr. Ricardo Dolipas II.

The committee meeting was also attended by other MRFC members, including Mario Godio representing Itogon Mayor Bernard Waclin; Freddie Altiga of Barangay Ampucao who was represented by Ligaya Nalibsan; Ignacio Rivera of Barangay Camp 3; and Dalmaia Dino as the non-government organization representative. – Press release