Community initiatives

FCF Minerals Corporation, is a mining company, engaged in the exploration, development, and commercial operation of mineral claims through the Runruno Gold Project. The company was incorporated in 2001 with office operations based in Makati City, Philippines. FCF became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metals Exploration Plc. (MEP) in September 2005, a Company registered with the London Stock Exchange and admitted to the Alternative Investment Market.

COVID-19 Relief

In support to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or the RA11469 for Covid-19, FCF Minerals donated a total of P 8,783,433.09 benefitting approximately 28,600 recipients. The assistance was extended not only to the impacted communities, but also to the non-impacted communities within the Provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and the adjoining Province of Quirino particularly the Municipality of Diffun and the Provincial Local Government of Quirino. The donated items are comprised of health and medical supplies, groceries and sacks of rice.

Social Development and Management Program

FCF Minerals Corporation through the Enterprise Development and Networking under the Social Development and Management Program assisted the Runruno Livelihood Development Association (RLDA) members in the Production of Sweet Potato project. The project has now a total of 87 beneficiaries from the 12 Sitios of Barangay Runruno and planted to around 25 hectares of land area. This project aims to meet food requirements and increase food security and improve profitability by producing high yielding and pest and disease resistant variety of sweet potato.

Production of Sweet Potato

Enterprise Development and Networking

The livelihood programs of the company is guided by the principle “Help People Help Themselves”. The Runruno Sewers Enterprise started last 2018 and they worked their way towards improving their skills to become economically independent. As a result, they’ve been one of the sustainable livelihood program of the company under the Social Development and Management Program since then. They regularly supply the company with calico bags and other items that is tailored. Community residents and employees also visit their shop to seek tailoring services. Members of the association were capacitated with trainings conducted both by FCF Minerals and third party organizations like Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to better enhance their skills and to maximize their personal and business growth.

Runruno Sewers Enterprise

Infrastructure Development

Tire tire path at Don Mariano Perez, Diffun, Quirino

Covered court concreting at Sitio Compound, Barangay Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

The provision of infrastructure support to the community underwrites its sustainable development. The Social Development and Management Program of the company is used in funding priority infrastructure projects of the host and neighbouring communities that include farm-to-market roads, bridges, buildings, agricultural facilities, water system, irrigation canals, improvement of health facilities among others.

Covered court concreting at Sitio Compound, Barangay Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

Covered court concreting at Sitio Compound, Barangay Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

Healthcare

To ensure healthy lives and to promote well-being of the stakeholders especially to its host community, the company is regularly conducting and supporting community activities like medical and dental mission, feeding program, Clean-up drive and blood-letting activity. All employees and contractors of the company were also encouraged to assist and participate in these activities as partners in the promotion of various facets of development.

Information, Education and Communication

In the company’s commitment to keep its stakeholders well informed specifically on the project operations and in the spirit of transparency, accountability and collaboration, the Information, Education and Communication section of the Community Relations Office is regularly conducting information sessions to its host and neighbouring communities. This is also a way for the company to gather insights on how to appropriately respond to issues raised by the stakeholders and thus able to blend with the community and gain support as to engagement to the development efforts of the company.

Educational Mine Tour

To support and progress campaigns and claims for responsible mining, the company is conducting educational mine tour to organizations and communities to educate, increase knowledge and awareness towards mining as this provide experimental learning that is first hand. Participants will be able to observe and interact with the natural setting, getting a feel of the actual activities and worker. And last 2019, the IEC team in partnership with the MEPEO team incorporated tree planting activity after every mine tour dubbed as “I PLANTED A TREE AT FCF” to showcase the environmental programs of the company. Everyone will have a name tag or tree tag that will be hanged on the seedlings after planting. They will also be signing on the freedom wall as proof of participating the activity. This aims to give them a sense of responsibility that they have contributed in rehabilitating the mine site in partnership with the company. In the future, if they wish to come back, they can visit the tree that they planted.

Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences

Education is one of the major development intervention being supported by the company. To encourage incoming freshman college students to be part of the company’s scholarship program, the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences of the Community Relations Office is conducting a career guidance to all high schools in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics academic strand in their senior high school.

FCF Minerals DMTG scholars were provided laptops to help them cope with their online classes since face-to-face learning has been prohibited in adherence to the protocols set by IATF because of the country’s current situation brought by COVID-19. 11 laptops were given to 2nd and 3rd year students taking up Bachelor of Science in Geology and Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. After, graduation, it will be turned over to other scholars to assist them as well in their studies. To date a total of 69 scholars were supported under the scholarship program of the company.

Central Nursery – FCF’s key in attaining high survival rate on reforestation programs

The company’s central nursery is home of huge number of high quality planting materials of different endemic species such as White Lauan, Mayapis, Guijo, Tanguile, Kalantas, Tuai, Narra, etc. and high value crops like Rambutan, Lansones, Durian, Guyabano, Coffee, Cacao, Duhat, Kasoy, Citrus sp., and Bamboo species. This facility can produce 200,000 to 300, 000 seedlings per year. Further, improvements were initiated such as Elevated Pot Beds to proliferate the denseness of root system thus increasing the survival rate of seedling once out-planted in the field and Water Misting System for water conservation, uniform coverage, and gentle precipitation thus eliminating mortality of germinant and transplants because of uncontrolled watering that can cause injury to the plant.

Clonal Nursery

In order to clone forest tree species like Guijo, Yakal, Bagtikan from Dipterocarpaceae family and other endemic which have limitations in natural seed propagation because they have seed-off years, difficulty in propagation, and unavailability of the seedlings in certain localities, clonal facility was established which uses macro-somatic clonal propagation technology.

Low-Cost Hydroseeding Technology

Low-cost hydroseeding technology is being used by the company together with grasses and creepers like Centrosema, Calopogonium, and White Millet. Binders used are composed of locally available materials such as cassava or corn starch and recyclable materials like waste papers and saw dust. Slurry mixture from hydroseeding machine are sprayed in slopes and open areas applied with dayami (rice straw) as mulch and grasses and creepers for immediate ground cover for slope stabilization. More so, the company’s mine rehabilitation involves three (3) stages such as; 1) focuses on slope stabilization and erosion control measures, 2) involves planting of nitrogen-fixing and fast-growing species, and 3) the final stage of rehabilitation where regenerants from tree cutting areas and climax forest tree species belonging to the Dipterocarpaceae family with high conservation values known to be thriving in the area prior to mine disturbance activities were planted in the mined-out area.

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Tayab Dumpsite 1 (TDS 1)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: July 2015
  • Area: 3.07 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Cocomatting
  • Grass Planted: Vetiver
  • Trees Planted: Apitong, Auri, Balitbitan, Rain tree, Mahogany, Kupang, Tuai, Mangium, Auri, Narra, Red river gum, White lauan, Gmelina, Katong-matsing, Nato, Dao, Yakal-saplungan, and other endemic species.

Before

After – Completed STAGE 3 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Tayab Dumpsite 2 (TDS 2)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: January 2018
  • Area: 2.13 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Dayami installation and Lime application
  • Grass Planted: Fleminga, Yellow peanut, Centrosema
  • Trees Planted: Antsoan dilau, Balitbitan, Rain tree, Mahogany, Narra

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 2 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Upper Cabarligan Dumpsite 1 (UCDS 1)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: September 2018
  • Area: 1.05 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Cocomatting, Dayami installation and Hydroseeding
  • Grass Planted: Yellow peanut, Vetiver, White millet
  • Trees Planted: Antsoan dilau, Balitbitan, Narra, Mahogany, Talisay

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 2 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Upper Cabarligan Dumpsite 2 (UCDS 2)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: June 2019
  • Area: 1.75 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Dayami installation and Seed broadcasting
  • Grass Planted: Centrosema and White millet
  • Trees Planted: Antsoan dilau, Red river gum, Mahogany, Narra

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 2 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Tulingan Dumpsite Slopes (TUDS)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: January 2020
  • Area: 7.19 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Dayami Installation, Hydroseeding, Seed broadcasting
  • Grass Planted: Centrosema and White millet
  • Trees Planted: Antsoan dilau, Mangium , Auri, Red river gum, Narra, White lauan, Mayapis, Tuai, Kawayang killing, Bayog, Rambutan, Lansones and other endemic species

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 2 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Malilibeg Dumpsite (MDS)

  • Date of Rehabilitation: March 2017
  • Area: 3.57 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Cocomatting and Riprapping
  • Grass Planted: Vetiver
  • Trees Planted: Antsoan dilau, Auri, Mangium, Balitbitan, Red river gum, Rain tree, Mahogany, White lauan, Narra, Tuai, Kupang, Bitaog and other endemic species

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 3 rehabilitation

Progressive Mine Rehabilitation Program: Radiohill

  • Date of Rehabilitation: December 2018
  • Area: 2.58 hectares
  • Slope Protection: Dayami Installation, Seed broadcasting, Hydroseeding
  • Grass Planted: Centrosema, Vetiver, White millet, Fleminga
  • Trees Planted: Auri, Mangium, Mahogany, Narra, Balitbitan, Antsoan dilau, Red river gum, Tuai, Talisay, White lauan, Mayapis, Rambutan, Durian, Guyabano, Lansones and other endemic species

Before

After – Currently at STAGE 3 rehabilitation