ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES As a corporate partner of Mindoro society, Mindoro Nickel is firmly committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment where it conducts its operations – specifically in those areas where it undertakes exploration and drilling activities. Mindoro Nickel continued to conduct environmental and social baseline studies at the proposed processing plant site, the port and conveyor route.  These continuing studies were necessary to complete a one-year environmental data collection for the Project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the acquisition of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). Among the environmental baseline studies undertaken in 2009 were the monitoring and gathering of rainfall data, readings on the newly-installed rainfall gauge monitoring station in the proposed processing plantsite, and the photo-documentation and establishment of additional freshwater sampling locations. During the first half of 2009, the EIA process was conducted with the implementation of a series of public consultations in the different villages of the Project’s impact area. A public hearing was conducted by the DENR on May 14, 2009 in the municipality of Pola, Oriental Mindoro. In addition to the legally required public hearing, Mindoro Nickel obliged a request to conduct another public consultation in order to reach out to a wider sector – in particular, stakeholders in the province of Occidental Mindoro.  The public consultation was held in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro on May 27, 2009.  These consultations were well attended by sectoral groups, religious organizations, local community officials and Mangyan representatives. Following the issuance of the ECC on October 14, 2009, Mindoro Nickel prepared and submitted an interim Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) and an interim Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan (FMRDP).
Intex Resources Philippines Inc. 2014