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Empowering Women and Indigenous People

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.
In 2015, Rofely got her big break when she was chosen by BNC to become part of a skills development program.

Under the program, unskilled laborers, female workers and indigenous peoples (IPs) from BNC host communities undergo around 150 hours of operations and maintenance training.
At the end of the program, successful trainees are hired as hydraulic excavator operators.

Over 60 locals have completed the program. Eight are Tagbanuas and five are women.
Majority have secured jobs at BNC while a few have transferred to other mining companies.

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.


• Sponsors the elementary and high school education of the dependents of its workers at Divine Word School of Semirara Island, Inc. In 2015, the company paid more than P22 million for tuition fees and repairs and maintenance at Divine Word.

• 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.



• Sponsored various trainings on skills development and academic enhancement for 282 students and teachers in 2015. The training sessions included courses on masonry, welding, mechatronics, maximizing academic performance and how to become better learners and teachers.

• SLPGC donated three classroom buildings to the Baclaran Elementary School in Batangas


• Partnered with Books for A Cause (BFAC), an advocacy that aims to provide precious knowledge to every Filipino and increase literacy through continuous learning

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.



• Trained 1,785 people in 2015, most of whom (96%) worked for the DMCI group of companies. The rest (4%) received trainings on Basic Occupational Safety and Health and Construction Occupational Safety and Health.

• 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

• Supports 43 college scholars from Barangays Berong and Aramaywan in Palawan. Aside from the free tuition fees, the company awards its scholars with monthly allowances, on-the-job trainings, among others.

• 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.

• Extended scholarship support to 316 high school students and 38 college students

• 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


• Engaged more than 18,750 elementary and high school students in 52 schools in 2015, through its Daloy Dunong water education program

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.