Some six-million worth of rice support was given by Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) to the local government unit of Bataraza in support of its 23,000 target households in town.
The monetary donation given by the two mining companies on Thursday was through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to address the challenges brought by the pandemic crisis.
CBNC community relations manager Ernesto Llacuna said that the intervention of the two companies would help alleviate the suffering of the people during the crisis.
“Alam natin ang mga kababayan sa Bataraza tulad ng sa ibang lugar ay naghihirap dulot ng krisis na ito, kung kaya’t malaking bagay na magkaroon sila ng karagdagang ayuda mula sa kompanya. This is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of both companies,” Llacuna said.
“Indeed we are happy to share and help our kababayans. This is a manifestation of a strong public-private partnership existing between the local government units and the private sector through CBNC and RTNMC. It shows that the Bayanihan spirit is very much alive in Bataraza,” he added.
RTNMC community relations manager Reynaldo dela Rosa said Friday that the partnership with the LGU is an opportunity for them to extend support to residents in the community which is also stakeholders of the mining company.
“The donation is out of the corporate social responsibilities of Rio Tuba Nickel and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation which is intended to augment the initiative of the municipal government of Bataraza in relation to the joint COVID-19 relief operations,” he said.
“We are glad to be part of the continuing relief operations of the municipality led by Mayor Abraham Ibba. The mayor has given us (RTN and CBNC) the opportunity to extend helping hands to the communities which are also stakeholders of the mining industry,” he said.
Bataraza mayor Abraham Ibba said that through the public-private partnership of the LGU and the two companies, the town can provide 10 kilos of rice per household.
In addition to the donation RTNMC and CBNC, the Bataraza LGU also allocated P3.5 million assistance from its funds making a total of P9.5 million rice subsidy.
The distribution of rice subsidy per household will immediately start within the month of July.
“Maraming salamat RTN at CBNC. Itong tulong na ito ay maraming matutulungan. About 23,000 households sa Bataraza ang ating maayudahan. Sa Lunes na sisimulan ang distribution,” Ibba said.