FNI’s Surigao unit bags mineral industry environmental awards
Global Ferronickel Holdings’ operating arm in Surigao del Norte received three awards during the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference.
Platinum Group Metals Corp.’s Cagdianao nickel expansion project garnered the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) Titanium Achievement Award for Surface Mining Operation for its exemplary efforts in achieving environmentally and socially responsible mining operations.
PGMC, in the recent audit conducted by the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR), was cited for being compliant with the policies, environmental laws, rules and regulations of the Philippine Mining Act and the issued Environmental Compliance Certificate.
The PMIEA was officially established under EO 399 in February 1997 in compliance with the government’s policy to ensure that mineral exploration and mining operation shall be pro-environment and pro-people in sustaining wealth creation and improving quality of life.
The Cagdianao nickel expansion project was also adjudged the winner in the Most Improved Safety Performance Category. PGMC had the highest percentage improvement as determined by comparing the average combined lost-time injury frequency-severity rate of the last four fiscal years with that of the current fiscal year.
Since 2013, PGMC has not experienced any fatal incident and achieved zero lost-time accident which could be attributed to an effective workplace health and safety program.