By Madelaine B. Miraflor
Agata Mining Ventures, Inc., which is majority owned by TVI Resource Development Philippines, Inc., landed its first international recognition at the ASEAN Mineral Awards, which recognizes best practices and being an exemplary model of environmentally and socially-sustainable mining.
Agata Mining was named the first runner-up in the Mineral Distribution Category of this year’s ASEAN Mineral Awards and came next to Indonesia’s state-owned PT Antam, the region’s largest nickel producer to date.
Philippine entries were chosen and screened by the Philippine ASEAN Mineral Awards Committee composed of technical experts from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).
Agata Mining General Manager Emilio T. Figueroa III explained that the organization’s philosophy led the company towards growth and securing its place among the country’s major nickel producers.
“Agata may pale in size compared to bigger, more seasoned mining companies. But despite this, Agata strove to be among the best – proving to the mining industry that it [responsible mining] can be done,” he said.
Right now, Agata Mining holds a Mineral Processing Sharing Agreement (MPSA) with the government covering 4,995 hectares of mine site.
Its operation is located in the adjacent municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga and Santiago in Agusan del Norte province.
Moving forward, Agata envisions to be the first Agroforestry and Ecotourism Hub in the region.
In November, Agata Mining also won the Presidential Awards during the Philippines’ Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference.