As an active response to the call of “Bayanihan” spirit and in compliance to the Memorandum Order of MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano dated March 27, 2020, authorizing the Re-alignment of Unutilized Funds of the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP), TVI Resource Development Phils. (TVIRD) – Balabag Project, have conducted several meaningful undertakings to help alleviate the condition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to its host and neighboring communities in Bayog Town, Zamboanga del Sur which is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
TVIRD personnel and officers have organized a weeklong food packs distribution consisting of rice, vegetables, canned goods and noodles that have benefited almost 5,000 families of the 11 barangays of Bayog municipality. The elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are residents within the proximate area of the mine camp as well as those in the identified secondary impact barangays adjacent to its host community, were given priority.
According to the company’s Community Relations Officer Lope Dizon, a total of 4,948 families, 1,396 of who are Subanon (Indigenous People), have received these food packs during a weeklong distribution. Further, the distribution of these food packs which included vegetables, have in turn helped the town’s local farmers to generate a sure income amidst the difficulty of bringing their locally grown vegetables to their markets.
In a much earlier activity, TVIRD have also successfully distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consisting of N-95 facemasks, face shields and surgical and examinations gloves to support COVID-19 front liners in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. These PPEs were distributed to Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Hospital in Pagadian City, as well as to the Regional Health Unit of Bayog. Sanitizing tents, PPEs and food were likewise extended to the LGU of Bayog and to police and civilian volunteers manning the town’s five Quarantine Control Points. The demands for locally sewed facemasks have also helped small local businesses as tailoring shops located within the community were tapped to supply the same.
Meanwhile, TVIRD Canatuan Project in the Municipality of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, the company’s first mining operations in the region and is currently implementing its Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Program (FMRDP), have also distributed PPEs to the Siocon District Hospital. Adjacent municipalities of Sirawai and Baliguian have also received PPEs for their respective RHUs and birthing clinics.