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IBALANGIBOG SA BILOG NA MUNDO, ORAGON AN BICOLANO!

KAYA TA AN RESPONSABLENG PAGMIMINA SA RAPU-RAPU!

THE NEWSWEEK

VOL. 1 NO. 17

AN INTRA-COMPANY OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE RAPU-RAPU POLYMETALLIC PROJECT

OCTOBER 9 - 22, 2006

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A day after the onslaught of Milenyo, an inter-department team was formed to assess the extent of damage suffered by the neighboring barangays. The three departments (CARE, Safety and HRAS) in coordination with the barangay captains found that 13 houses of RRMI/RRPI employees were totally damaged in Malobago, 7 houses in Pagcolbon and 2 in Bino- sawan. Among the non-employees, 36 houses were totally damaged in Malobago and 6 in Pagcolbon.

Before the company’s typhoon damage assistance, the em- ployees donated used clothing. These were sent to the direct host barangays as relief goods. Leighton, an international contractor working with RRMI/RRPI, also gave canned goods and rice.

Employees of RRPI/RRMI and residents of the Rapu-Rapu island will long remember the month of October. This time, October is marked by a calamity that rejuvenated the relation- ship between the company and the communities. Galvanized by time and trials brought by the “spill” last year, both parties realized that they need to co-exist.

remembered the anniversary of the “spill”

through an activity of donation to the victims of typhoon Milenyo.

On October 11, 2006, during a simple program, the employ- ees who lost their houses were given financial aid. It was the highlight of an evening of singing and renewal of the commit- ment to the programs and policies that promote the conserva- tion of nature and culture of Rapu-Rapu.

Another activity dubbed “Typhoon Damage Assistance” was

of October. Thirty six

conducted at the campsite on the 13

residents of Brgy. Malobago were recipients of the assistance provided by the company. Mr. Roger Corpus, senior vice president for operations, was present to supervise the distri- bution of grocery goods and cash.

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The devastation brought by Milenyo is yet another reason for RRPI/RRMI to intensify the help given to the barangays.

“The true effect of the typhoon will be felt two months from now,” said Mr. Ebuenga, brgy. captain of Binosawan. “The company must be allowed to fully operate in order for my people to get jobs. Our crops are gone and there is not enough yield from the sea; the company is our only hope now.”

yield from the sea; the company is our only hope now.” The recipients were grateful for

The recipients were grateful for the assistance. It was meant to help them recover from the devastation. These recipients are residents of direct host barangays: Malobago, Pagcolbon and Binosawan.

Recipients who were not able to participate in the ceremony also received grocery goods through their barangay captains. 299 packs prepared by the employees themselves, containing rice, bihon, canned goods, coffee and sugar, were entrusted to the Barangay Captains of direct host barangays for distri- bution. 122 of which is for Malobago, 132 for Binosawan, and 45 for Pagcolbon.

The aid was extended even to the stakeholders in the prov- ince of Sorsogon. Vice-President for Industrial & Comm. Re- lations, Joey Cubias, a Sorsogueño, facilitated the same for said province.

Vice-President for Industrial & Comm. Re- lations, Joey Cubias, a Sorsogueño, facilitated the same for said
Vice-President for Industrial & Comm. Re- lations, Joey Cubias, a Sorsogueño, facilitated the same for said

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THE

NEWSWEEK

OCTOBER 9 - 22, 2006

RRMI/RRPI’s CARE Programs under the Community Relations Department is a main prerequisite of the Philippine
RRMI/RRPI’s CARE Programs under the Community Relations Department is a main prerequisite of the Philippine mining industry

The Community Relations (ComRel) Department takes care of all social and community development programs, projects and activities. It in- tends to promote and enhance the social acceptability of the mining op- eration amongst various stakeholders, sectors of society and communi- ties.

The company’s SOCIAL LICENSE for its mining operation is estab- lished and sustained effectively through CARE (Community Actions, Re- lations and Education).

Previously, mining companies were only required to comply with techni- cal and legal requirements. There was no issue of social acceptability.

A new critical and equally important requirement for the industry, so

called SOCIAL LICENSE was ushered through the enactment of Philip- pine Mining Act of 1995. It enshrines the new requirement which serves

as a milestone in Philippine mining policy.

Social license refers to the general acceptance of the mining operation

by various stakeholders, communities and other interested and affected

sectors. Most importantly, this level of acceptability must reflect social

acceptance of the mining project by the communities directly or indi- rectly affected by the operations.

Among the most essential components of the Social License are:

1.

The assurance of environmental protection of areas utilized by the mining operations; it seeks to protect the people and environ- ment from harm;

2.

The continuing enhancement and development of the environ- ment alongside with environmental protection for the greater and continuing benefit of the people;

3.

The guarantee of health and safety for the residents of direct and indirect host communities where the mining is located;

4.

The establishment and provision of economic (livelihood) and socio-cultural programs in host (direct and indirect) communities with the cooperation, collaboration and participation of local govern- ment units. The law mandates that the funds allocated and appropri- ated for these socio-cultural and economic programs must be spent according to designated purposes.

In

a nutshell, Social License, therefore, is about ensuring that the peo-

ple in and around the mining areas benefit from the extraction and de- velopment of the natural resources. That includes those who may be indirectly affected by the mining operation. It also involves the manda- tory protection and safeguarding of the environment: water, air, soil, flora, fauna and habitat, among others. It also requires contribution to the overall improvement of local residents’ quality of life as well as the enhancement of the general welfare of their communities.

Prior to the spill incidents, 3 direct and 4 indirect host communities were the focal areas of social development programs of Rapu-Rapu Polymet- allic Project . Abiding with the new mining law, one percent of the mining and milling costs was allocated for these communities for purposes of delivering social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits in the form of various projects and activities.

After October 2005, recognizing that socio-environmental impacts tran- scend geographic and physical boundaries, the company, under its own initiative expanded CARE/ComRel’s area of responsibility. That social responsibility now spans to the whole of Rapu-Rapu municipality, five neighboring municipalities of Sorsogon Province and some communities

in mainland Albay, including the City of Legazpi.

Congratulations to Ms. Kareen Gorobao Asun- cion for passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)
Congratulations to Ms. Kareen Gorobao Asun- cion for passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)
Congratulations to Ms. Kareen Gorobao Asun- cion for passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)

Congratulations to Ms. Kareen Gorobao Asun-

cion for passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) given on August 27, 2006. Kareen is an HR Staff of the of RRMI since June 2006. She is the daughter of Malobago Brgy. Capt. Reynold Asun- cion. A licensed teacher now, she plans to teach after her stint in the company.

EDITORIAL BOARD Managing Editor: Cecille Calleja Contributors: Rene Cas- tro, Ofel Ante, Jason Magdaong, Be Pacis Bicol Translation: Mcken Belgica, Roy Cervantes Production: Arnold A. Guadalupe, Kareen Asuncion, Mcken Belgica Circulation: Mcken Belgica, Nancy Alipar, C.A.R.E. Dept.

Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project’s 5-Year Social Development Manage- ment Plan (or SDMP) includes the following broad sectoral programs and social development projects; viz:

ECONOMIC/INFRASTRUCTURES

Village Electrification

Village Stairway and Pathway Construction

Improvement of Village Access Road

Development of Ungay Beach

Construction of Maypajo Trail

Construction of Village Potable Water-Supply System

Repair of Village Multi-Purpose Hall

Provision of Village Transport Service Vehicle

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Provision of Free School Bags and Supplies to All Grade School Children

Vocational-Technical Skills Training

Support to Early Childhood Education / Village Day-Care Program

Adult Literacy and Non-Formal Education

Teachers’ Training (Upgrading of Professional Teaching Compe- tencies)

Scholarship/Educational Assistance

Capability Training

HEALTH AND SANITATION

Waste Management and Sanitation

Provision of Sanitary Toilet for Every Home

Medical-Dental Mission / Medical Assistance

Botika Sa Barangay (Village Drugstore)

Village Health Workers Training

Support to Village Health Workers (“Barefoot Paramedics”)

Nutrition and Supplemental Feeding (for Undernourished Under-6 Children)

Maintenance of Model Forest

Outfitting and Enhancement of Rural Health Clinics

FOOD SECURITY, EMPLOYMENT & LIVELIHOOD

Livelihood / Income Generating Projects

Labor and Employment

Community-Based Forest Resource Management:

Sloping Agricultural Land Technology/Vegetable Farming

Agri-Silvipasture (Goat-Raising)

Community-Based Coastal Resource Management:

Aqua-Marine Culture

Food Processing

SOCIO-CULTURAL ASSISTANCE

Assistance to Socio-Cultural Activities

Leadership Development

Population Education

Crime Prevention Program

CAPACITY BUILDING

Village Operations Support-Fund

Training of Environmental Patrols

Assistance to Village Development Planning.

Through its projects, CARE has been truly with the people, especially those residing in the host communities, in almost every aspect of their lives, from their livelihood, houses, roads, electricity, water, their educa- tion, food and nutrition, etc.

Hon. Quacky Bolaños, municipal councilor of Rapu-Rapu, recognizes this attention given by the company to his constituents near the plant premises. Grateful for its social development projects, he specifically stressed that the direct impact barangays could not have immediately recovered from the typhoon without the assistance extended by the

company. RRPI/RRMI cares.

could not have immediately recovered from the typhoon without the assistance extended by the company. RRPI/RRMI
could not have immediately recovered from the typhoon without the assistance extended by the company. RRPI/RRMI
could not have immediately recovered from the typhoon without the assistance extended by the company. RRPI/RRMI