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Livelihood Programs for the Disabled

In line with our thrust of helping create opportunities for advancement in the Barangays where we are, we recently tied up with the One Barangay One Livelihood Program (OBOL), through our Social Development and Management Program (SDMP), to assist the disabled in Barangay Adlay.

A group of physically handicapped and mentally challenged individuals were given the chance to manage their own livelihood projects by providing them with a Php50,000 initial capital via The Federation of People’s Organization and the Community Technical Working Group of CNC.

“We truly appreciate CNC for giving us a chance to put-up this rice trading in our community, owned and managed by these disabled people” said Ernesto Estos, President of People’s Federation of Barangay Adlay.

The Best Managed Livelihood Group

The Pantukan Women’s Association (PWA) has proven their business skills when they were recognized as the Best Managed SDMP Livelihood Association of Carrascal Nickel Corporation and Community Technical Working Group of the Year.

These women, mostly elementary graduates, were able to increase in their initial capital in the two years that they have been operating their Rice Retailing Business and Micro-lending Projects by more than 35%, a definite step closer to a better future.

With the help of our Social Development and Management Program, Pantukan Women now have self-confidence and pride because they can now provide for themselves and their families.

Silid-Pangarap at Pag-asa Project: Bon-ot Elementary School

From quite sometime, we have been planning to put-up a one-storey school building with two classrooms and a library to provide a venue for early childhood education for the surrounding community. This finally became a reality last June 26, 2013, the day we officially turned over the school building to beneficiary community. The happy occasion was marked by simple ceremonies: a ribbon cutting, blessing of the school building, handing over of the building keys, and a poem reading by the beaming kindergarten pupils of Bon-ot Elementary School.

CNC Sponsors Medical Missions

As part of CNC's Social Development and Management Program, Dr. Donna Loren Lamberte, pediatrician and Dr. Glenda Pasilong, orthodontist, together with the company and mining contractor nurses, held a series of medical missions throughout host Barangays in Carrascal.

The doctors and nurses provided free medical and dental services, including physical check-ups and dental extraction. In addition, they gave, for free, much needed medicines to the thankful patients.

In line with CNC SDMP's Information, Education and Communication Program (IEC), a representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was also invited to provide information for the malnutrition awareness drive.

A Step Towards Sustainability: Vermicomposting

As a continued effort to find ways to improve our systems and methods to protect the environment, CNC is currently exploring vermicomposting as a means to ensure sustainable plant growth. Vermicomposting uses earthworms to degrade substrates to produce an excretion called vermicasts – which contains vast amounts of plant nutrients that could enhance the limited nutrients contained in laterite soil.

"The results of the experiment were very impressive. On the average, the seedlings show an average growth increment of 200 millimeters in height and 52 millimeters in diameter, as compared to seedlings with no vermicompost." said Mr. Namayan.

The promising results of the study has lead CNC to push through with the establishment of its own vermicomposting facility in April this year.

A Step Towards Sustainability: Fish Farming on Settling Ponds

Last July 2012, a fish farming experiment was conducted in one of CNC's downstream settling ponds to see if settling ponds can be repurposed and used as a fish growing facility. Five hundred tilapia fingerlings were released in one of the chambers of a settling pond. The pond was not modified because it still needed to provide siltation control.

With the proper raising and farming techniques, the underlings showed remarkable development. In only 4 months, average growths of 4 inches were seen from the original fingerlings, and the presence of new fingerlings shows that breeding is also favorable.

Fish farming activities still continue in the pond. Possible improvements are being explored to incorporate an ideal setting for fish breeding and farming for post mining periods.

Corporate Timeline
October 2006 Incorporation

July 2007 MPSA No. 243 - 2007 XIII (SMR) Granted

January 2009 Declaration of Commercial Operation

August 2012 6M Man-hours wihtout lost-time accident in 27 months with a production of 11M WMT

October 2013 Total of 13.4M WMT shipped to date