In compliance with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Executive Order no. 112 which formally allows the implementation of a Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to contain the spread of the corona virus disease 2019 also known as Covid-19 in the country, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau issued Memorandum Order dated March 27, 2020 authorizing all regional offices to allow mining companies to realign their total unspent Annual Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) budget for 2019 carried over to 2020 in order to assist the affected impact and non-impact communities in their respective localities during the ECQ due to Covid-19.
As of August 4, 2020, the assistance provided in the Region had a total amount of Php36,541,762.88 Million consisting of the realigned SDMPs of Phil. Gold processing and Refining Corp, a gold processing plant in Brgy. Puro. Aroroy, Masbate with an amount of Php22,050,070.88; Filminera Resources Corporation located in Brgy. Puro, Aroroy Masbate contributed an amount of Php10,821,787.00; Ibalong Resources Corporation, a cement plant in Camalig, Albay shelled out an amount of Php50,000.00; Johson Gold Mining Corporation located in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte gave an amount of Php21,905.00; and Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project a mining company in Rapu-Rapu, Albay which is now under its rehabilitation stage shared an amount of Php3,598.000.00.
This also includes assistance provided by the following mining companies out of their Corporate Social Responsibility Fund that amounted to Php874,000.00 with the breakdown as follows: Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation in Labo, Camarines Norte shared an amount of Php75,000.00; UBS Marketing Corporation in Lamba, Legazpi City in an amount of Php200,000.00; Pargum Consolidated Corporation Php519,000.00 and Filminera Resources Corporation (Exploration Department) in an amount of Php80,000.00.
The total assistance provided in the Region from the realigned SDMPs of the operating mining companies and Corporate Social Responsibility fund amounted to Php37,415,762.88.
This assistance came in the form of relief packs, PPEs, disinfectants, food packs, and medicines distributed to the direct and indirect impact communities of the aforementioned mining companies. Likewise, a Covid-19 testing laboratory to be set up by PGPRC and FRC in Masbate Province will be sourced from the realigned SDMP budget of the company.