DAVAO CITY – Like the classic passage, “Give them food and they will live for a day. Teach them how to fish and they will live forever.”
The King-king Copper Gold Project, a mining firm which is yet to start commercial operation in 2017, just did that.
The mining firm extended P100,000 worth of assistance to residents of Pantukan, Compostela Valley over the weekend. These include farming equipment and tools, office tables, and construction materials for village halls.
Clyde Gillespie, KCGP country manager and director for environmental permitting, and Jonathan Banez, KCGP community development manager, led the turnovers to various community partners of the project.
KCGP is a partnership between Nationwide Development Corporation (Nadecor) and St. Augustine Gold & Copper Ltd. (SAGCL) where the two companies are working together to develop the project while partnering with the community to meet the needs of Pantukan.
“We will continue to look into opportunities to help you (IPs), with us putting high regard and respect to your culture and values. It is very important to partner with you as we strive to develop the project,” Gillespie said in a short message, adding that “I hope this equipment would help you with your farming and bring more yield come harvest time.”
Elmer Pacio, the tribal councilman of Barangay Magnaga, expressed his gratitude that KCGP did not fail to include them as one of the community project recipients.
“I have my biggest gratitude to the company for they did not forget our request. This only shows how much they value us and others, which I know they’ve also helped. You’ve always been there (for us)”, Pacio said.
Other recipients who received assistance were Purok Rexan in Brgy. Napnapan with a water system, the Moral Recovery Program (MRP) of the local government unit with two office tables; People’s Effort Against Crime Expansion (PEACE), a non-civic group with one unit of sound system; and Purok 1 Soysoy Tribal Council with construction materials for the IPs village halls. (PNA)