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Agusan mine firm extends aid to Mamanwa folk

SR Metals, Inc. (SRMI) has extended assistance to Mamanwa folk in Barangay Binuangan, Tubay town in Agusan del Norte on Thursday through its Abaca Plantation Project , which was designed to extend help to indigenous peoples (IPs) and uplift their economic status.

Dario Plasquita, chair of the Binuangan Mamanwa Tribal Council, expressed gratitude for SRMI’s support to their community, saying it was proof it remains committed to giving back as part of its corporate social responsibility to the IPs of Tubay.

Binuangan initiated the said project after the heirs of Artemio Plasquita have offered to assign their rights over a parcel of land for the said project in a 10-year period in the said barangay.

“Akong gisanghiran ako mga igsoon nga ipagamit sa tribu aron aduna usab mapaabot ang mga miyembro human sa napulo ka tuig. Usa na usab kini ka pamaagi aron mapalambo ang ilang tagsa-tagsa ka ekonomikanhong kabutang,” Plasquita said.

For its part, SRMI took pride in doling out such project after its assessment showed that farming for the IPs should be preserved as this was their way of living before mining operates.

“We would like to see that IPs won’t be left behind in terms of economic development after mine life,” Jacquelou Modar, SRMI-ComRel Manager said.

Aside from its prompt remittance of royalty share to the different tribes, SRMI also implements programs for the IPs-medical services, educational, livelihood programs among others.

The 1,000 plantlets of Abaca will approximately reap at least 1000 kilos each a year and a half. In ten years more, it will times ten the harvest and will roughly be sold up to P 720,000 .

“Nagpasalamat gyud mi ug dako sa tubag sa SRMI sa among hangyo. Dako kaayo ni og ikatabang,” Maria Fe Sapong, organization member said.

SRMI continues to uphold its goal to give a fair chance to everyone in uplifting their plight and economic living condition in order to prepare them when SRMI ceases its operation. By JD

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