MRL Nickel Philippines has taken out the top three honours in the Mineral Exploration Category of the Philippine National Mine Safety and Environmental Awards, announced during the country’s annual mine safety conference in Baguio. MRL Nickel is a subsidiary of Mindoro Resources and was formerly known as MRL Gold Philippines.
The company was named the 2012 winner of the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) which is the highest performance award in the combined fields of health, safety, environment and community relations.
It also took out the Best Mining Forest Contest for its efforts in reforestation and rehabilitation including the adopt-a-river campaign and water source protection program. MRL Nickels’ third award was for ‘Safest Exploration’ at the Surigao projects, where strict adherence to environmental, health and safety standards was achieved.
The awards are administered by the PMIEA Selection Committee, where key government departments including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Forest Management Bureau are represented.
Mindoro’s president Jon Dugdale says, “We are very proud of the performance of the on-the-ground team in the Philippines, particularly in the areas of community relations, environmental sustainability and safety. The team will remain involved in the joint venture projects being operated by TVI Pacific subsidiary TVIRD, and will continue to maintain these very high environmental and safety standards as the Agata project progresses towards production.”
The initial planning meetings have been held for the 75%-owned joint venture projects being operated by TVIRD at Agata and Pan de Azucar, and development planning is progressing rapidly on several fronts. Mindoro also holds a 55.8% stake in Red Mountain Mining which owns the Batangas gold and copper-gold projects, and a 75% interest in the Tapian San Francisco copper-gold project in the Philippines’ Surigao district.