Mining firms Filminera, Phil Gold win environmental awards

Published April 7, 2021, 5:30 AM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

The two firms of the Masbate Gold Project, Filminera Resources Corporation and Phil. Gold Processing & Refining Corp., received four awards in the recently-concluded 2020 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA), in the Best Mining Forest and Safest Mine categories. 

The PMIEAs are given to mining companies who exhibit best practices in safety and health management, environmental protection and community development.

Filminera is the recipient of the PMIEA Selection Committee Platinum Achievement Award in Surface Mining Operation Category, the Titanium Achievement Award, Mineral Exploration Category and the winner of the Safest Mineral Exploration – A Category. Phil. Gold, on the other hand, received the PMIEA Selection Committee Titanium Achievement Award in the Mineral Processing Category, according to a company statement.

Photo shows the Syndicate Waste Dump inside the Masbate Gold Project minesite that was revegetated from 2016 to 2019 with a total rehabilitated area of 42.68 hectares. Cash crops like coffee, cacao, and coconut have been planted in the area as trial species. A 3.29-hectare experimental pineapple plantation was established on the flat portion of the dump to evaluate suitability to post-mining rehabilitation. To date, there have been 81,863 trees and 21,295 pineapples planted.

Both companies have active programs geared towards the conservation of nature, biological diversity and integrated approaches to land use planning.  As a result of these upland and coastal reforestation efforts, the reforested and rehabilitated areas are now home to a diverse range of flora and fauna species. Aside from enhancing biodiversity through their environmental programs, the firms have also spurred social development in the surrounding communities through various livelihood programs.