Nickel-Mining Enterprise Growing Rapidly Under New Management
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC), a 100% subsidiary of Marcventures Holdings, is involved in nickel-mining in Surigao del Sur. Now with new management, the company has boosted its export shipments from 12 in 2011 to over 50 in 2013 with a total of 2.7 million tons of low-grade nickel exported last year, all to China.
Arsenio K. Sebial Jr, President, explains, “We want to replicate our 2013 success in 2014 and we will look at other markets in time, including Japan. Our recipe for success includes our dedication to operational efficiency, lowering of costs, focus on ore quality, customer service, and delivery on our commitments to the community.”
Commitment to community support
Ensuring benefits for the communities where it operates is a priority for MMDC, which has a policy of hiring locally. The Company began its social development program in 2009, more than 2 years before the commencement of operations in the 3rd quarter of 2011. Since then, it has focused most of its efforts on Basic Welfare, Support Services, and Infrastructure as these have been identified as the most pressing needs by the Company’s partner communities. Numerous local schools, community buildings, and basic service infrastructure in the area have been built by MMDC since its program began. The efforts continue today.
The Company also ensures its situational readiness and responsiveness to sudden disasters. Recently, its large response teams contributed significantly to relief efforts after typhoon Haiyan devastated the Visayas. For MMDC, it is not only about the technical aspect, but forming a positive connection between its operations and the community. It naturally follows that MMDC is proactive and thinks outside the box in terms of fulfilling the needs of the people in its operating areas or even in neighboring towns. That is what it terms as one of its key distinguishing features from other companies.
Commitment to the environment
The environment is another area of critical focus where the Company has performed responsibly. The rivers and streams in the area remain to be as clean as before operations began. The reforestation program is continuous, with more than 210 thousand trees being planted over 84 thousand square meters of barren and open areas, and over 18 thousand seedlings in MMDC’s nurseries waiting to be planted. The Company believes that mining and taking care of the environment should be treated as co-equal.
Efficiency and high standards
MMDC offers its partners and customers reliability and high standards. Mr. Sebial says, “We are a benchmark for quality and committed to being transparent and operating according to global environmental-protection criteria. Sustainability is crucial and as long as we consistently meet the high standards we have set for ourselves, the Company will continue to be a major player in the Philippine Mining Industry.”