One of AMCI’s priorities is to employ as many members of the local population as possible. Almost 60% of the mine’s labor force comes from the four impact barangays (villages), with 9% being Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and 13% residents of Maco municipality. An IP-owned agency has supplied personal protective equipment such as cover-all for underground and surface personnel as well as opened up a canteen at the site catering to employees.
Since the establishment of the Training and Development department in early 2008, 40 employees have been awarded national certificates in a variety of technical competencies.
AMCI has established health-promotion programs for its workers and their families. These programs focus on increasing people’s knowledge on how to take fewer risks with their health and include lectures on diseases of lifestyle such as diabetes and obesity.
In the work environment itself the occupational medical staff of AMCI teach workers how to prevent injuries and how to properly use personal protective equipment (PPE).
Safety at Work
The safety standards used at AMCI comply with those set by the Philippines Mining Act. Safety seminars and emergency drills for different scenarios are carried out quarterly to enable employees to assess risk and respond promptly in emergency situations. The Emergency Response Team comprises ten members and uses advanced rescue equipment for saving lives and property.
This team provided excellent service during landslides that occurred in Masara on September of 2008, the flash flood that happened in January 2009 and the flood that hit Brgy. Panoraon on April 22, 2011..
Environmental protection and enhancement are as important to AMCI as they are to the Philippines. The company has won two national awards for its mining forest and AMCI plays a huge role in the government’s seed-planting projects, having produced almost 800,000 seedlings for reforestation program. There were 258,913 seedlings composed of mangium, falcata, mahogany, fruit trees, mangrove, bamboo, narra and rubber planted in 381.64 hectares since 2006 but this excludes donations to various government agencies and community request.
Tailing ponds and silt ponds are closely monitored and rehabilitation measures are performed. Regular monitoring of water and air quality is undertaken according to the standards set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Multipartite Monitoring Team monitor the company’s compliance with the environmental standards.