The company continued its commitment to provide opportunities to less privileged students from its host and neighbouring communities who wish to pursue their tertiary courses.
The program provides assistance to scholars through Full Scholarship grants, Half Scholarship grants and Educational Assistance.
Several of the scholars that graduated have chosen to work as teachers at Philsaga High School Foundation. Some were also invited to work for either PMC or MMPRC. This is an excellent overall result for the individuals, their families, the local communities and the Company.
PMC and MMPRC through their Social Development and Management Program conducted Supplemental Feeding which benefits 60 undernourished children aged less than 12 months old. The activity was conducted with the coordination of the Municipal Nutrition Officer of Bunawan and Rural Health Unit Office of the municipality.
The Company continued to support the Annual Medical Outreach Activities conducted in Barangay Bayugan 3 in partnership with the Rural Health Unit of Rosario. These services include providing Medical Consultation, Dental Extraction and Health Profiling. Over 800 members from the community have benefitted from the ongoing free medical consultation and medicines provided by Philsaga Mining Hospital.
Enterprise Development and Networking
PMC’s and MMPRC’s Livelihood Programs are focused on building partnerships, empowering individuals, and promoting stakeholder accountability to help build self-reliant and sustainable communities. Projects implemented under the Livelihood Program vary from animal husbandry and agronomy to establishing cooperatives for small-scale trading. This allows stakeholders the opportunity to mature as self sufficient entrepreneurs while improving on their business acumen with the support of technical expertise provided or facilitated by the Company.
These programs involve working with local, regional and national authorities, local associations and local people to assist them in developing knowledge and skills to establish small businesses.
This includes providing training in value formation, business enterprise development, project management, simple bookkeeping and specialised production and business training.
New businesses assisted this year include coconut plantation, water refilling station, tilapia production, Agrifarm input and farm machinery rentals and land rental.
Infrastructure Development and Support Services
PMC and MMPRC have supported programs that have improved the infrastructure and facilities within the communities surrounding the operations. In addition to previously mentioned projects the Company has assisted in;
- The establishment of water system at Barangay’s San Andres, Nueva Era, Bunawan Brook & Imelda all in Bunawan, Agusan del Suro. Since the facility is being established, water service expansion will serve to at least 758 households. Other households not connected have been provided access to stand posts for water are installed in every Puroks.
- Solar Drier being constructed in Purok 7 Barangay Imelda, BADS. The Solar Drier will be utilised by the farmers within the community for drying their palay and corn product.