DMCI MINING CORP.
ROFELY SALDAJENO, 42, is a widow with three children. She lives in Brgy. Berong in Quezon, Palawan.
To support her children and parents, Rofely worked as a spotter for Berong Nickel Corporation (BNC), a joint venture between DMCI Mining Corporation and Atlas Consolidated
As spotter, Rofely assists and provides manual directions to hydraulic excavator operators. Though grateful for the opportunity, she continued to aspire for a higher paying job.
Under the program, unskilled laborers, female workers and indigenous peoples (IPs) from BNC host communities undergo around 150 hours of operations and maintenance training.
Over 60 locals have completed the program. Eight are Tagbanuas and five are women.
After finishing second in the training program, Rofely now earns double the daily rate of an unskilled worker.
“Mahirap i-budget yung kinikita ko dati. Ngayon na nagbago na yung rate namin, hindi na masyadong mahirap,” she proudly said.
[Before, it was difficult to budget what I was earning. Now that my rate has changed, budgeting is no longer as difficult.]
BNC is the only mining company in the Philippines that offers hydraulic operator training to women and IPs.
The program is in line with the sustainable development goals of poverty alleviation, equitable quality education and gender empowerment of the United Nations and Philippine government.
SEMIRARA MINING AND POWER CORP.
• Top high school graduates of Divine Word and Semirara National High School are also awarded college scholarships in Metro Manila and other major cities of the Philippines.
• SMPC supported 109 scholars in 2015. The scholarships include tuition and fees and, for students requiring further financial support, monthly allowances.
• Established Semirara Training Center, Inc. (STCI) in 2006 to support its manpower requirements and enable locals and workers’ dependents to acquire marketable skills
Applicants accepted into STCI receive free skills training and meal allowance for the duration of their course. Qualified students receive apprenticeship and job offers when there are open positions in the company. To date, STCI has produced 1,041 graduates, 517 of which are employed with the company.
SEM-CALACA POWER CORPORATION AND SOUTHWEST LUZON POWER GENERATION CORPORATION
• SLPGC donated three classroom buildings to the Baclaran Elementary School in Batangas
In July 2015, DMCI Homes offered BFAC free use of its Insular property located along Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City to serve as a warehouse for donated books.
DMCI Homes is also promoting the book donation drive in its existing developments through its Give the Gift of Reading project.
• Provided 962 workers with safety training and orientation to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of occupational safety
• Facilitated various skills assessment-certification for 339 DMCI project employees who were issued TESDA National Certificate II for DOLE compliance
BERONG NICKEL CORPORATION
• Of its three scholars who graduated in 2015, one became an employee of BNC under its environmentaldepartment while another was assigned as a parateacher at Tungib Elementary School in Berong. The other scholar successfully passed the criminology licensure exam.
• A big percentage of the royalty being paid by the company is also used to send 62 college scholars from the indigenous peoples community to different universities in Palawan.
• Continuously provides supplemental allowances to 21 para-teachers and teacher aides assigned at Berong National High School, Berong Elementary School, Tungib Elementary School, Quezon Aramaywan National High School, Aramaywan Elementary School, Lamane Elementary School and Marnek Elementary School
The allowances are meant to augment the existing salaries of the local teaching personnel, to encourage them to stay at the said schools.
• Provides transport services for 1,028 elementary students and 195 day care children in Barangays Berong and Aramaywan. The number of school enrollees for both communities increased because of the free school bus service.
• Supported 120 scholars under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in 2015. Most of the scholars under this program come from the Tagbanua tribe.
• Provided supplemental honorarium for five day care teachers in four barangays to support 134 children under the early childhood development program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
• Provided school supplies and materials for 255 students of Mapalad Elementary School and Taposo Elementary School
MAYNILAD WATER SERVICES, INC.
Aside from teaching the importance of water, Maynilad taught the students about good hygiene and environmental responsibility.
Since its inception in 2012, Daloy Dunong has converted close to 55,000 students into “Water Warriors” or champions for water, health and the environment.
• Visited seven schools in Quezon City, Manila, Pasay and Parañaque on Global Handwashing Day to teach 2,700 schoolchildren the proper way of washing hands using soap and water
Volunteer teachers, including the cast members of TV shows Hi-5 Philippines and Batibot, stressed how maintaining clean hands helps prevent the spread of diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea. Handwashing kits were also given to the students.