Sibugay town, mining firm rehabilitate road-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Sunday, June 15, 2014
THE Municipal Government of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay and the Atro Mining-Vitali, Incorporated (AMVI) have undertaken a joint project that rehabilitated a nine-kilometer national highway traversing the village of San Vicente in the said town.
The joint project came after Tungawan Mayor Randy Climaco, through a municipal council resolution, sought the assistance of the AMVI to repair the road in a bid to alleviate the living condition of the people in the area.
Tungawan Councilor Lorverle Caracol said the AMVI provided technical and financial assistance to the Municipal Government to bring the much-needed development that primarily benefited the people in Sitio Sucamao area in the village of San Vicente.
The AMVI, a holder of a Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA), is the operator of Vitali Iron Ore Project with mining tenements covering mostly the Upper Tagpangi section of Vitali village in Zamboanga City.
“It takes sizable amount of money to rehabilitate and upgrade the San Vicente farm-to-market road. The Municipal Government does not have the financial capability at present,” Caracol said.
Caracol said the partnership between the Municipal Government and AMVI was strengthened through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed last April that recognized the value of working together to hasten the development in Tungawan town.
The MOA also declared the cooperative efforts to construct a port facility in Sucamao to promote socio-economic development in the area while at the same time to protecting and preserving the natural environment.
It also stipulated the commitment of AMVI to prioritize qualified local residents in hiring manpower requirements for the preparation, construction and eventual operation of the Port in Sucamao.
AMVI president Elson Ogario said the company appreciated the local officials for the opportunities for the mining company to serve people of Tungawan municipality.
“Mayor Climaco and other local officials have to be commended for keeping in step with the call for development by opening their door to investors as a strategy to develop the local economy,” he said.
“It is not just about shipping port, it is also about caring for the people and sharing with the local community the benefits of development,” he added.
The proposed port facility will serve as shipping point of AMVI's direct shipping operations of iron ores mined in the village of Vitali in Zamboanga City.