OceanaGold grabs top awards for responsible mining

Victor Martin (The Philippine Star) - November 20, 2016 - 12:00am

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – Australian mining firm OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI), based in Didipio, Kasibu town here, won five top awards during the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) held last week at Camp John Hay in Baguio City.

OceanaGold president and chief executive officer Mick Wilkes said the five awards included the prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA), the highest award conferred by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA).

The annual PMIEA award is given to mining companies that demonstrated outstanding performance in environmental management, occupational health and safety, and corporate social responsibility.

OcenaGold’s Didipio mine also bagged the award for being the Safest Mines Operation – Metalic Mine category; Safest Mineral Processing Concentrator; Safest Surface Mines Operations and third runner-up for Best Mining Forest Program – Metalic category.

“This award is for women and men who dedicated themselves in our Didipio operation and who exemplify everything that the President represents in the Philippine mining industry,” Wilkes said.

He said the Didipio mine is also strongly committed as ever to working closely with its many stakeholder groups to continue providing significant benefits and leaving a positive and long legacy.

Bearing an ISO 14001: 2004 mark, the Didipio Mine also won the most prestigious PMIEA award in 2015 and named 2015 Overall Safest Mining Operations winner (Metallic Category), Safest Mines Award winner (Surface Operation Category).

Didipio Mine was also awarded in 2014 with PMIEA Platinum Award; Overall Safest Mining Operation and Best Mining Forest Program in 2011 and 2009.

David Way, Didipio general manager, said the awards bestowed to OceanaGold institutionalized the company’s zeal to go further towards making its presence mean more.

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