Mine firm allots P30M for community dev’t-A A +A
By Ben Tesiorna
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
IN JUST a little over two years since it started working in the mining community of Pantukan, Compostela Valley, the Kingking Copper-Gold Project has spent about $700,000 or roughly P30 million on community development projects.
KCGP is a partnership between Nationwide Development Corporation (Nadecor) and St. Augustine Gold & Copper Ltd. (SAGCL) wherein the two companies are working together to develop the project while partnering with the community to meet the needs of Pantukan.
One of KCGP's missions is the delivery of free health and medical care services, including free use of its ambulance and paramedic team, to the people of Pantukan and provide free medicines to those diagnosed with ailments. These include immunization of infants and small children to safeguard against diseases.
They have also donated to the local hospital an ultrasound machine with printer and UPS, surgical equipment and tools, air-conditioning units for X-ray room, dental room and the ultrasound room.
Their medical outreach clinics and programs that also extend to other municipalities in Compostela Valley in partnership with local government and health officials, small-scale miners associations and the Mansaka Tribal Council is a continuing effort to meet this objective.
KCGP is also participating in efforts to alleviate malnutrition and promote health by providing proper nutrition to local school children through feeding programs in partnership with the school administration, Parents-Teachers Association and the Municipal Nutrition Council.
Aside from its medical outreach programs, KCGP is also actively involved in creating jobs and livelihood programs for the community.
King-king Copper-Gold Project works closely with community officials and Mansaka tribal leaders to provide opportunities for local residents.
Their community guide program, in which residents accompany staff on their field studies, is a great example of this. The guides serve an important community link between KCGP and the people and help educate Pantukan residents about the project, while at the same time helping the company understand the local culture.
The project also employs a highly skilled work force and is run by some of the top industry leaders with a proven record of discovering, exploring and developing valuable assets that require an overall understanding of the industry that only majors can provide.
Their expert team is fortified with both the technical and financial experience that is essential to being a leader in the mining industry as well as building shareholder value for our investors.
Education is also a vital component of KCGP's community works. The company is committed to investing in the growth and development of the community through education and to encourage Pantukan's growth by helping the young people have a brighter future.
They have provided generous scholarships, including housing allowances, to the young members of the Mansaka tribe and Pantukan community so they are able to attend college or vocational school. The scholars were selected with the involvement and endorsement of the tribal council and local Barangay Council. They have also provided internship opportunities at their offices for several of the scholars.
KCGP's motto for education is "looking after the welfare of the indigent students gives them a better chance in school thus better chance in life."
The project is also involved in various other government community development initiatives, such as the National Greening Program with its tree-planting and reforestation efforts, and the Food Always In The Home (Faith) program, a family based gardening program at the purok and household level to ensure sustainable food source.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 08, 2013.