Communities are at the heart of mining firm’s COVID initiativesMay 25, 2021
Tubay, Agusan del Norte – Agata Mining Ventures Inc. has rolled out projects to mitigate hunger and disruptions to livelihood amid the pandemic.
At the onset of the pandemic, Agata together with its mother company, TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD), distributed personal protective equipment. This includes N95 face masks, face shields and surgical and examination gloves.
It also provided relief to over 10,000 families in several communities and sourced the majority of its fresh vegetables from farmers and other goods from local establishments.
The company’s initiative did not only address food shortage but also provided a source of income for local producers.
Aside from directly supporting the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolks, Agata also aided its communities by capacitating its people with new skills. Its Mabakas Techno Demo Farm provided scholarships and trainings for the locals, bringing its total number of scholars since 2018 to almost 4,000.
The company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) funded the national certificate courses at Mabakas in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
These courses also aim to help the graduates obtain alternative livelihood and tap economic opportunities despite the pandemic.
Agata extended additional assistance to displaced students by providing school equipment to enable them to study from home.
The company also distributed heavy-duty photocopiers and paper supplies to several schools.
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Today, Agata continues to help build communities creating employment opportunities for the people.
During the pandemic, the company recruited a total of 78 new personnel, the majority of whom are from Caraga.
“I am thankful that despite COVID-19 I am able to get a new job. I know it is not easy to be employed, given our situation now,” stated Precious Erap, resident of Butuan, a newly-hired purchaser at Agata.
Dareem Angob, a resident of Santiago Municipality of this province, expressed that her ‘acquired knowledge’ from the Mabakas Organic Farming course, which she took during the pandemic, is very useful and that she now has a vegetable garden right at her doorstep.
Agata likewise promotes organic backyard gardening as an alternative source of food and income during the lockdown. It continues to conduct regular information and education campaigns on COVID-19.
Driven by its philosophy of “Starting it right, keeping the end in mind,” Agata continues to operate responsibly throughout the pandemic while ensuring the integrity of both the community and its natural environment. (amm/PR)
PHOTO: Agata employees pack vegetables for relief distribution in Agusan del Norte as part of its COVID-19 initiatives. The company sourced vegetables from host Santiago Municipality’s farmers in order to support local livelihood. (Handout photo)