Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) is focusing its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) to livelihood projects that hopes to impact the life of the people in the impact barangays.
RTNMC’s Community Relations Manager Reynaldo Dela Rosa identified coffee and ginger production is their flagship project in the livelihood component of SDMP dubbed “Gulayan sa Kapehan.”
“Kailangan sila mabigyan ng livelihood program na market-oriented kasi di naman masasabi na may forever sa minahan,”, dela Rosa said.
RTNMC management envisions to build self-reliant communities and not dependent on mining.
Dela Rosa said that since coffee will take longer years to harvest, ginger which will be grown in between the coffee plants could provide livelihood to farmers as it will take only a few months to harvest.
“Before kasi ma-harvest ang coffee, it takes four to five years.”
The ginger project is tied up to the Vegetable Importers and Exporters Association (VIEA) which provided the technology for the plantation of Hawaiian ginger.
“Kaya ito tinawag na Gulayan sa Kapehan, ” dela Rosa said.
A total of 200 hectares are now being planted with coffee and 20 hectares are planted with ginger. The area is expanding to benefit more members of the community. Negotiation with Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Company is ongoing for the possibility of a partnership in relation to the BIMP-EAGA initiatives.
To make people aware of the projects of the company particularly about the lineup of projects for the year 2018 embodied in the Annual SDMP, a round of information and communication campaign is being done with the barangays.