Apex mining unit partners with Benguet small-scale miners

A subsidiary of Apex Mining Co. Inc. is set to roll out its Big Brother Small Brother program to support the livelihood of some small scale miners in Benguet......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarApr 19th, 2021

3 miners die of suffocation

Three workers of a small-scale gold mining operation died of suffocation in a tunnel in Loreto, Agusan del Sur on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

More areas eyed for small-scale mining

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it was seeks to declare six additional “Minahang Bayan” for use by small-scale miners in order to have them legalized and…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

Tax-free status of small miners gold sales to BSP restored

Small-scale miners may now sell gold sourced from their mining operations to the central bank tax free after President Duterte enacted a new law The post Tax-free status of small miners gold sales to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Board OKs first small-scale mining contract in Benguet

The Provincial Mining Regulatory Board of Benguet has approved the small-scale mining contract for a Minahang Bayan in the province......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2019

3 miners choked to death inside Benguet mine tunnel

ITOGON, Philippines – Three small scale miners choked to death inside a mine tunnel in Itogon, Benguet Monday afternoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2016

Government halts operations of small-scale miners

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered a stop to small-scale mining operations, halting about 60 percen.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2016

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Philex Mines conducts expanded COVID testing for its employees

TUBA, Benguet, Oct 23(PIA) -- More than 200 employees of a large scale mining company here have been swab tested for COVID-19 following recorded COVID-19 cases within the mining community.Ph.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Tax exempt accreditation for small- scale gold miners, traders starts

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - Following the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11256, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has announced the accreditation of small-scale gold m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Authorities raid illegal gold mine in Zamboanga Sibugay town

Authorities shut down an illegal small-scale gold mining operation in Tungawan town, Zamboanga Sibugay province on Saturday afternoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

Fast facts about mining

MINING in a small-scale form has existed in the Philippines for thousands of years, and gold was an important commodity for the native inhabitants in pre-Spanish times. Tribes in the Philippines traded with what is now China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. It was not until 1864, however, that the first true large-scale mine, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

BIR exempts small-scale gold miners from taxes

In line with efforts to shore up the country’s foreign exchange reserves, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is now exempting small-scale miners from paying income and excise taxes when they sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

EODB policy for aggregate, small-scale mining tackled at assembly

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA6/MGB6) - Permit holders of sand and gravel, quarry and small-scale mining operations in the province of Iloilo held a general assembly on February 12 at the Casa Real, Ilo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

Chinese firm plans refinery in Cebu oilfield

China International Mining Petroleum Co. Ltd., the operator of the Alegria oilfield in southern Cebu, is in talks with potential partners, including East Asia Oil Engineering Group, for the construction of a small oil refinery......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 15th, 2020

Government expedites small-scale mining regulation

The government is intensifying the regulation of small-scale mining operations in the country, particularly in monitoring undisposed residual stockpiles outside mining sites as it continues to revamp the extractive industry......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2019

Quakes trigger questions on safety of mining ventures in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 05 November) — The spate of powerful earthquakes and aftershocks that jolted mainland Mindanao last month casts doubts on the safety of mining ventures in Region 12 or Soccsksargen, which hosts small-scale gold tunnel mining operations and the Tampakan project, the largest known undeveloped copper and gold minefield in Southeast Asia. Siegred […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 5th, 2019

Cops told to intensify operations vs small scale mining in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 17(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office - Cordillera(PRO-Cor) reminds the police force to strictly intensify operations against illegal small scale mining activities in the region a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Cops told to intensify operations vs small scale mining in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 17(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office - Cordillera(PRO-Cor) reminds the police force to strictly intensify operations against illegal small scale mining activities in the region a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

Government targets 150 Minahang Bayan areas by 2022

The government plans to declare around 150 Minahang Bayan areas in the next three years in line with efforts to make small-scale mining mainstream, an official of the Mines and Geosciences Board (MGB) said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

More areas eyed for small-scale mining - The Manila Times

More areas eyed for small-scale mining The Manila Times THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it was seeks to declare six additional Minahang Bayan for use by small-scale mi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019