Agata mining adapts to ‘new normal,’ equips schools with equipment and suppliesNovember 9, 2020
Tubay, Agusan del Norte – Agata Mining Ventures Inc. (AMVI) has recently donated some P350 thousand worth of school equipment and supplies to partner institutions in the municipalities of Tubay and Santiago to mitigate the social effects of the pandemic.
AMVI, in donating the equipment and supplies, aims to enable the schools to produce learning modules for students in the companies’ beneficiary communities.
Community Relations Officer Mario Bantasan Jr. led the formal turnover of heavy-duty photocopiers and paper supplies in Barangay Tinigbasan National High School and Elementary School, Barangay Lawigan Elementary School and Kauswagan De Oro Elementary School in Barangay E. Morgado.
The project is under the Education component of Agata’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) – a five-year plan budget for development programs in its beneficiary communities.
It is also a compliance with Administrative Order No. 2010-21 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The order is the Consolidated Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
In its report, Agata has pegged its Education Budget for 2020 at P1.5 million.
“The turnover of school equipment and supplies is one of the many ways to ensure the education, social development and holistic growth of our people, especially in this trying time,” said Community Relations Manager Jonathan Bañez.
Agata’s other SDMP components include health, livelihood, public utilities, socio-cultural programs and relief projects. The company has allotted over P11.6 million for its SDMP budget in 2020.
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“Our SDMP has components and programs calibrated to respond and assist the communities in their time of need. Apart from immediate response, Agata will continue to foster long-term and comprehensive development in our area,” Bañez said.
Forty-five of the joint SDMP funds have already been utilized for this year, he added.
The mining company practices responsible and conscientious mining operations focusing on social development, environmental conservation and inclusive growth for the people.
Its projects build confidence for the communities to build a better life after the mining operations. (amm/PR)