Allegations against OceanaGold Corporation relating to social and environmental issues at Didipio are regarded as irrelevant by the Philippines government which has bestowed on the company a series of top awards. By Peter Owens.
For the second consecutive year, the Didipio mine was awarded the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award last year, recognising its exemplary efforts in responsible mining.
The Philippines government receives considerable income from foreign mining concessions within its shores and maintains close interests in mining operations. Every year, the President of the Philippines, on recommendation from a selection committee co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), recognises mining operations that perform to the highest standards of safety, environmental and social management.
During the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association’s 63rd Annual National Mine Safety & Environment Association ceremony held late last year, the Didipio operation was also presented with additional awards in categories recognising excellence in minerals processing, safety and agro-forestry.
The Didipio mine received five awards including:
- Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award, surface mining operation
- First Place – Overall Safest surface mining operation.
- First Place – Safest Mining Operation, metallic category.
- First Place – Safest Mineral Processing, concentrator category.
- Third Place – Best Mining Forest, metallic category.
“We thank President Duterte, the DENR secretary and members of the sub-committee for this prestigious award [the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award] and want to reiterate our commitment to what he, and members of his government, have repeatedly expressed as their desire for a responsible mining sector in the Philippines,” says OceanaGold’s chief executive Mick Wilkes.