BEYOND business deal, the partnership of Apex Mining Co., Inc. (AMCI) and FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) has started “touching lives” among poor families in the towns of Maco and Mabini in Compostela Valley Province.
This, as AMCI and FDC Misamis held the cacao planting and medical-dental mission in Barangay Masara, one of the company’s eight host villages in Maco town, on Feb. 21 and 22, respectively.
Those endeavors were in line with AMCI’s 49th Founding Anniversary this 2019 as one of the oldest mining firms in ComVal.
On the first day, employees from both companies led the ceremonial planting of 300 cacao seedlings in a 40-hectare productive area within the mining compound.
AMCI’s Environment Manager Danilo Regis said, “It’s just hitting two birds with one stone.”
“We plant cacao trees to reforest our productive areas here in the mining site as part of our consistent Greening Program and, at the same time, providing livelihood to the people in our host barangays.”
Cacao planting is also a stepping stone to the company’s long-term development plan towards establishing a chocolate processing plant in ComVal in the next couple of years, disclosed Community Relations Manager Ferdinand Dobli.
AMCI’s Vice President for Operations and Resident Manager Narciso Mutia expressed gratefulness to FDC Misamis’ help.
“Maganda na tumulong kayo sa amin,” he exclaimed in Tagalog.
Furthermore, Vice President for Finance Rosemarie Padilla said, “Hope we could do this quarterly or annually for the sake of the ComVal people.”
Padilla noted that it was the first time she experienced that one of their (business) partners took the time and effort to join with their company’s endeavor(s) meant for the health and welfare of the people in communities surrounding their mining hub.
FDC Misamis’ Community Relations Specialist Analiza Miso said, “We’ll do our best to sustain our partnership with AMCI, especially for the sake of people’s health.” (pr)