BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO
BAGUIO CITY (November 18, 2023)—The London-based FCF Minerals Corporation got three awards at the culmination of the four-day 69th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) in Baguio City’s CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center on November 17, 2023.
The event with the theme “Mining 4.0: safer, smarter, and sustainable” was organized and spearheaded by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).
Lorne Harvey, FCF Minerals general manager for operations, congratulated the FCF community for the three awards which included the most prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA).
PMIEA, also coined the Peoples Mineral Industry Environment Award, is the highest award conferred by PMSEA to companies for their outstanding performance in environmental management, occupational health and safety, and corporate social responsibility.
Other awards received by FCF Minerals were Best Mining Forest Program under the Metallic category as Third Runner-up and the 2023 Mines’ Best Personality for their Surface Safety Inspector Ronald Wayan.
“These awards are for men and women in our Runruno mine operation. Without their tireless dedication to excellence, none of these would have been possible,” Harvey said during the awards night.
He added that the awards bestowed to FCF Minerals institutionalized the company’s zeal to go further towards the outstanding level of dedication and innovation in mining, enhancing the lives of their community while protecting and nurturing the environment.
Harvey also mentioned the support of the entire FCF community as well as the local leaders who always give support to the company staff to enhance the lives of the local population.
“Without the support of our community, we as a business would not meet the success we have today,” he said.
Harvey noted that FCF Minerals is also as strongly committed as ever to working closely with its many stakeholder groups to continue providing significant benefits and leaving a positive and long legacy.
Rodalyn Arcebal, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) supervisor, said FCF Minerals which is a local subsidiary of London-based Metals Exploration, Ltd. has financial and technical assistance agreements or FTAA with the Philippine government.
She said the company operates the Runruno Gold-Molybdenum Project (RGMP) in Runruno village of Quezon town in Nueva Vizcaya province which started operation in 2017.
In 2011, after more than a decade of exploration and construction, the RGMP was endorsed by the Sangguninag Panlalawign (provincial board) and the host local government unit of Quezon and the Barangay Local Government of Runruno. WITH REPORTS FROM VICTOR MARTIN