Mining firm Phil. Gold Refining & Processing Corp. (PGPRC) has distributed relief packs to 21, 329 families in Masbate province and in Aroroy town, including providing an ambulance unit to the Masbate Provincial Health Office through the Office of the Governor.
PGPRC owns and operates the processing plant of the Masbate Gold Project, which created jobs for the residents of Masbate.
PGPRC already disbursed P12 million to fund and support Aroroy’s rural health units and medical frontliners.
“Worldwide health and economic crisis that we are experiencing, we all have to do our part in working together to protect and provide not only for ourselves and our families but also for the community as a whole,” PGPRC President Dan Moore was quoted in a report.
Since March 15 PGPRC has been providing for the Masbate province quarantine tents which are fully-equipped with health amenities, gallons of rubbing alcohol, N95 masks, and food packs and some 500 sacks of rice, in coordination with Masbate Governor Antonio Kho, Aroroy Mayor Art Virtucio, and local line agencies.
In addition, the mining firm also distributed food packs for the eight impact barangays and 33 neighboring barangays starting in April. The donations were funded by PGPRC’s realigned Social Development Program (SDMP) fund.
The company also donated P5 million sourced outside the SDMP fund, which was given to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).
Moore lauded the government’s efforts for coordinating with the private sector.
“It is good that the government is providing all these services and relief to the community; so we in the private sector, as well as private individuals, should take on the challenge and do our share to make sure the communities and their people around us stay afloat, ” Moore said.