Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) showcased its good mining practice in the community of Rio Tuba, Bataraza under its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) in Mining Philippines 2019.
They were presented by RTNMC community relations manager Reynaldo “Bong” dela Rosa in front of over 200 participants from industry players, including sectors in oil and other related industries to exhibit innovations.
“Pinakita natin ‘yong best practices ng Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation sa community development as contribution niya rin sa munisipyo ng Bataraza. Unang-una na diyan ‘yong social development and management program na ngayon ay nasa buong munisipyo na at maganda dito ay ‘yong sustainability ng corporate social responsibility program,” he said Thursday.
Mining Philippines 2019 is an annual international conference attended by industry players conducted from September 10 to 12.
Dela Rosa talked about the community development contributions of RTN during the Plenary Session 7 of the international conference with the theme “Riding the Waves: Capitalizing on Opportunities led by Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.
Dela Rosa said that he emphasized notable contribution of the company in transforming the communities in Bataraza through the presence of Indigenous Learning Systems (ILS), schools, hospital and housing projects for indigenous people.
Dela Rosa said that he is proud that the best practices of the company comes from the locals of the community and stressed that the good relationship of RTNMC with the community is the key factor for the contribution in community development.
“Nandyan pa rin yong ILS natin, yong school, nandyan yong hospital, housing projects sa mga katutubo. Sini-share natin yong mga practice na ito but basically, ang talagang gusto ko i-emphasize dito yong notable contribution ng RTNMC na na-transform niya yong kanyang communities para maging livable communities at nagawa niya na productive progressively yong kanyang mine out,” he said.
He said the RTNMC will maintain the highest standard and the partnership of the company with the community for over 50 years.
He expressed happiness on new chances open to highlight social development as equally important for the environment and production.
“Ang benefit nito sa community ay ma-assure natin yong sustainability. Meron patuloy na commitment yong company doon sa pagiging responsible niya kasi ipinagmalaki natin ito. Ipinagsigawan natin ito sa buong Pilipinas, syempre nandyan na nakatingin na sa atin ýong iba’t ibang agency, iba’t ibang sectors at stakeholders,” he said.
Dela Rosa said that the company will maintain the communication with the company through the community relations office because not all mining companies gain good trust from the community of people where it resides.
“Siguro maswerte kami dyan at dodoblehin din naming yong aming pagme-maintain sa trust na ibinigay sa amin ng community,” he said.