Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation won the Best Practices in Mineral Mining category at the ASEAN Mining Awards during the 17th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
RTNMC won the award over other member-countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). OceanaGold, also from the Philippines, won in Best Practices in Mineral Processing after also besting entries from other ASEAN member countries. Both RTNMC and OceanaGold are member companies of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.
RTNMC operates in Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan. It is a subsidiary of publicly listed Nickel Asia Corporation.
NAC CEO Gerard Brimo said RTNMC focused not just on the mandatory social development programs but the voluntary corporate social responsibility projects as well. Both initiatives helped uplift the community of Rio Tuba and the LGU of Bataraza.
Brimo said responsible mining brings development where it is allowed to operate. He highlighted RTNMC’s efforts to protect the environment and return biodiversity to the new forests growing in mined out areas. Rio Tuba is really a story of the transformation of a remote and uninhabited area of southern Palawan.
RTNMC – which practices responsible mining and special focus on progressive rehabilitation – won over two other finalists in its category: a gold mining company from Indonesia and the largest cement group in Thailand.
“The selection of RTNMC is recognition of the four decades of responsible mining that has been practiced at Rio Tuba,” said Brimo.
Martin Antonio Zamora, NAC Executive Vice President said the award was fitting recognition of the hard work of the professionals in the Philippines mining bureau and the DENR who work to ensure that mining laws are observed so that responsible mining is able to flourish and make its proper economic contribution beyond the progressive mining communities.
The event honors mining companies from the ASEAN communities for their contributions in the advancement of responsible and environment-friendly mining.