Marcventures joins Carrascal, Cantilan LGUs, other mining firms in Basyang relief efforts
(Photos show Marcventures' employees spearheading the company's clearing and relief operations in Carrascal and Cantilan).
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) has set aside P4 million pesos for its clearing and relief operations for the areas that have been affected by Typhoon Basyang that hit the Caraga Region hard last February 13.
According to MMDC’s President Mr. Yulo E. Perez, the company is closely working and coordinating with the respective Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices (MDRRMOs) of Carrascal and Cantilan in Surigao del Sur as well as with other mining firms in the area to manage response efforts for the victims of the calamity.
The extent of MMDC’s assistance include the purchase and distribution of relief goods, deployment of heavy equipment for the clearing operations, and allocation of calamity loan for employees who reside in Carrascal and Cantilan, two of MMDC’s host communities.
Members of MMDC’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) were already deployed in Cantilan on February 12 before the typhoon hit the town, and has since distributed rice, sardines, coffee, and noodles to some 500 families. More relief goods will be distributed to some 5,200 additional families from the two towns in the coming days.
The Carrascal team on the other hand – together with the MDRRMO and two other mining firms in the area (CNC and CTP) – has already completed the landslide debris removal operations in Barangays Babuyan and Cadiangan.
Perez said all siltation ponds and structures within the MMDC mine are intact. All trees that were cut to allow for mining activities are all secure within the mine and accounted for. All felled trees have Tree Cutting Permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and have markings and numbering.
Because of the sheer volume of rainfall dumped by Basyang, the people of Carrascal and Cantilan were caught by surprise and unsuspecting of the impending calamity. The sites that were greatly affected are landslide and flood-prone areas delineated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in its geo-hazard mapping program. These sites are part of a floodplain surrounded by steep slopes. The heavy rains brought by Basyang exceeded the channel capacity in the area.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastation and will continue to provide assistance to the victims of Basyang,” says Perez. “We are one with our host communities in their journey towards recovery.”