Through our subsidiary, Phil Alstron Mining Corporation, we take great pride in our ongoing efforts to enhance management techniques and mining practices, leading to a substantial reduction in adverse impacts on the environment and society. Employing proactive measures, we are dedicated to minimizing the environmental and social consequences commonly associated with mining activities. Our commitment extends across the entire mining cycle, including post-closure restoration efforts aimed at revitalizing ecosystems and communities affected by our operations.
By integrating environmentally friendly practices into our mining operations and embracing corporate social responsibility (CSR), we firmly believe that the mining industry can enhance its positive impact on the environment and contribute to the overall sustainability of society.
Embracing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices lies at the core of our values, driving our actions to promote responsible and sustainable business operations.
SOCIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The management of socio-economic impacts in mining presents significant complexity. Impact mitigation measures and potential benefits can trigger numerous interconnected effects, both positive and negative. Focusing on socio-economic impacts primarily entails reducing adverse consequences and augmenting positive advantages. For instance, reclamation efforts that involve planting valuable timber can lead to employment benefits that endure for generations to come.
Mitigating habitat and biodiversity impacts requires the implementation of diverse strategies, including reducing the ecological footprint, transferring native plant species to ecosystem reconstruction sites, preserving plant micro-reserves and larger areas, and conducting reclamation efforts.
The uppermost layer of soil is extracted and preserved separately for later reclamation and re-vegetation purposes. The planting of indigenous lemon grass (Cymbopogon winterianus) and Citronella, rich in oil content, is planned to eradicate soil heavy metal pollutants and enhance its composition and growth, facilitated by the extraction of aromatic oils.
Mitigation for soil impacts involves implementing best management practices throughout operational phases and establishing a reclamation plan to restore viable soils and vegetation upon closure.
AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS
Through studying native plant species, it was discovered that certain broad-leaf dry deciduous trees like Tectona grandis hold significant promise in dust reduction. To curb dust dispersion from the core and buffer zones of mining areas, a well-designed green belt development in multiple tiers is essential.
GROUND WATER RESOURCES
Enhancements have been achieved through the implementation of the following approaches: (i) Establishing terraces, contours, and peripheral bunds; (ii) Constructing Check dams; (iii) Adopting Rain Water Harvesting; (iv) Engaging in Plantation using suitable plant species; (v) Leveraging mine water for various purposes. Currently, technology enables the purification of mine water into potable water, serving as a valuable resource for local communities, fulfilling both consumption and domestic needs.
WATER QUANTITY & QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
To mitigate water-related impacts, a staged development approach for tailings storage facilities is employed, aiming to minimize water intake by the processing plant and restore disturbed areas to natural run-off conditions promptly. Optimal water impact reduction can be achieved through implementing best management practices during site clearing and processing plant construction to minimize erosion and sedimentation. These practices involve redirecting runoff water away from roads and disturbed areas and utilizing sedimentation ponds and silt fences.
NOISE AND VIBRATION CONTROL
Noise disturbances can be eased by utilizing vegetation as a biological tool, as plants are effective noise attenuators, particularly in mining regions. Additionally, vegetation plays a crucial role in lessening the impact of noise and vibrations in operational areas within the mine.
MINING, ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY
As responsible mining operators in the Philippines, we recognize the importance of upholding ESG principles and actively participating in related initiatives. Our foremost commitment is to eliminate or minimize any detrimental effects or risks that may arise from our mining activities, keeping in mind the diverse impacts that can range from local to regional, and short to long-term.
To ensure effective management and mitigation of environmental and social impacts, PAMC has established operational policies designed to address potential issues promptly. Our comprehensive approach involves conducting thorough environmental assessments (EA) to inform our decision-making process and ensure that our actions align with sustainable practices.
The foundation of our responsible mining practices lies in our well-defined Environmental and Social Framework, which goes above and beyond industry standards, policy guidelines, and regulatory requirements.
This practical and actionable framework enables us to address environmental and social concerns systematically while maintaining the highest standards of ethical mining practices.
Through these measures and protective mechanisms, we are committed to seamlessly integrating environmental considerations and social issues into our development planning and execution.
We remain resolute in our pursuit of responsible mining practices that prioritize the well-being of all stakeholders and contribute to the greater good of the communities we serve.