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Mindoro recognizes that any successful exploration venture must have the support of those local inhabitants whose daily lives are most affected by our activities. Mindoro's community engagement and social development policies are directed at establishing a solid, long-term relationship and encouraging communities to become active partners in the development of the mineral resources found in their areas.
Stakeholder engagement is a vital component of all stages of Mindoro's exploration activities. Mindoro believes that success hinges on its ability to build a strong and rewarding relationship with community-partners. Transparent and collaborative efforts are therefore built into Mindoro's social engagement strategies.
Mindoro anchors its stakeholder engagement on four important principles: identification with the community-partners; effective Information, Communication and Education (ICE) campaigns; transparency; and social development programs.
Identification with the local communities requires being embedded within the community. Mindoro's Social Management staff is immersed in the communities where they are assigned. Community immersion and networking with various sectors such as the local government units, government line agencies, private entities, non-government organizations and people's organizations are important approaches in the engagement process. Community profiling and environmental mapping are carried out to determine basic social and environmental data. Through community immersion, Mindoro is able to understand the main concerns of communities and design social and environmental programs that systematically address these concerns.
In consultation with the communities themselves, Mindoro has launched and assists with social development programs that focus on improving economic, education, health, and social well-being of its community-partners within budget constraints and dictates.
The host Indigenous People (IP) community on the Agata Project was the venue of a capacity building and enhancement program presented through the collaborative efforts of the Canadian Embassy, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), other concerned government agencies, and Mindoro.
Since it started work in the Philippines in 1997, Mindoro has also supported its host communities and local government units with small infrastructure programs; such as road construction, building barangay and municipal centers, day care and health centers, water reticulation projects, school rooms, and assisted in many socio-cultural projects.
Please visit the website of our Philippine subsidiary, MRL Gold Phils Inc., for a more detailed discussion of the social and environmental activities of the company: www.mrlgold.com.ph.
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