Environmental protection, management and monitoring
Co-O Gold Project Environmental Conditions
The Company’s Co-O Gold Mine with its own processing plant has established its environmental management strategies to comply with the mandates of the relevant regulating bodies. The continual mining operation, though expanding to different levels, has only minimal surface disturbed areas. The Company’s environmental protection and enhancement program and environmental mitigating measures ensured that the tenement’s land, air and water resources were responsibly managed.
The Company’s thrust to reduce its carbon footprint is continuously conducted. At the end of 2019, a total of 1,755 hectare - plantation was established with 1,102,671 seedlings planted. The established plantation is estimated to sequester 189,804.64 tonnes of carbon, which compensates 2019’s carbon emission of 47,990.59 tonnes of CO2 emission from the mill and mine operations. The land resource rehabilitation effort was conducted not only at the direct impact areas within the tenement but also in host and neighbouring communities
Land Resource Management
In the recent year, the company established 140 - hectare fruit tree plantation at Brgy. Bayugan 3, Rosario, and Brgy. Consuelo, Bunawan, all in Agusan del Sur. Grafted Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Lansones (Lansium domesticum), Durian (Durio zebithenus) were planted at the established sites.
One of the major collaborations the Local Government Unit took off this year in line with Philippine Government’s Adopt-a-Watershed Program, which aims to preserve and protect the locality’s water source. The 20 – hectare buffer zone at Maputi Watershed in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, was planted with indigenous forest trees such as white lauan (Shorea contorta) and Molave (Vitex parviflora) to enhance plant density at the proposed watersheds. This program covers the plantation establishment and plantation maintenance activities for the next three years. While within the Company’s tenements, enhancement planting, slope stabilisation and landscaping works are continuously managed.
Water resource management
In support to the Environmental Management Bureau’s flagship program in the protection of the water bodies, the Company subscribes to its Adopt-a-Creek Program by adopting three water bodies traversing within the mill and mine operation as well as to its adjacent areas namely- Agsao Creek, Bayugan 3 Creek and Co-O Creek. Activities to maintain and enhance water quality includes creek clean up and riparian enhancement by planting narra and bamboo along the embankment or the waterbody. Information Education Communication (IEC) campaigns were conducted to the community and/resident near the water body to reiterate the value of water resources.