Leonardo Perante II

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East-West Seed PHL projects sustainable onion industry nationwide

AS a tropical country, the Philippines is acknowledged as an onion-growing state from Batanes up north to Mindanao down south. Because the versatile high-value crop could be grown all over the archipelago, many rice farmers have shifted to onion farming as they tried and proven that they earn more from cultivating the red bulb better known to Filipinos as sibuyas.

OceanaGold launches bamboo project up north

CABARROGUIS, Quirino—To support the government’s expanded National Greening Program and its effort in promoting bamboo production as a component in reducing carbon emissions, watershed rehabilitation and development of a resource-based livelihood option particularly within the Addalam River Basin, a seminar-workshop focused on bamboo production was held at the OceanaGold Sustainable Agro-forestry Inc. (Ogsai) demo farm and Training Center in Tucod village this town from November 27 to 29.

Ogsai organic demo farm certified as training site

CABARROGUIS, Quirino—The OceanaGold Sustainable Agroforestry Inc.’s (Ogsai) 4.5-hectare central nursery and organic demonstration farm located uphill in Barangay Tucod here has recently been certified as an organic agriculture learning site by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Agricultural Training Institute in Region 2 or Cagayan Valley.

2016: Another grand-slam year for OceanaGold

FOR winning five prestigious awards from the recently concluded 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference held at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) remains one of the safest and environment-friendly mining companies in the country today.

OceanaGold heeds call for aid up north

IRONICALLY, it needed two devastating typhoons—Karen and Lawin—for people like us in the media to reach and cover Peñablanca, Cagayan, home of the famous Callao Caves located at the northern Sierra Madre mountain range. It was hardest-hit by Supertyphoon Lawin, since the powerful storm directly hit the riverside town located alongside the Pinacanauan River.

OGPI donates P53-M support to Cagayan Valley’s K-12 Program

KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya—As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social development management program dubbed “We Care,” Australian mining firm OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) recently donated P43 million for the construction of a three-story senior high-school building on the Eastern Nueva Vizcaya National High School (ENVNHS) campus in Barangay Didipio in this town.

OceanaGold welcomes mining audit

KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya—In response to the call for comprehensive audits on all mining  operations in the country, Australian mining company OceanaGold-Philippines Inc. (OGPI), which runs the Didipio Gold-Copper Project in this upland town, has expressed willingness to welcome the transparent audit by the national government that may cover technical, environmental and social development aspects of its mining operations.

Veggie farmers grow ‘edible gold’ in upland Vizcaya mining village

CABARROGUIS, Quirino—Hillside farmers in this gateway town to a gold-copper project operated by OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) at the mining village of Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, are now into large-scale vegetable farming.  What used to be idle contours have been converted into productive vegetable gardens planted with organically grown vegetables.

An off-road expedition to Nueva Vizcaya highlands

BOUND for an off-road trip to the highlands of Nueva Vizcaya one foggy Sunday morning onboard a 4×4 Nissan Navara with Nonie, a budding shutterbug, our punishing take-off from Santiago City on a pulverized road span undergoing reconstruction all the way through Cordon, Isabela, was a picture of staggering monstrous traffic jam on both directions.

For the love of breads and pastries

FEW hours before the live telecast of what is said to be the most celebrated fight of the century—Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown slated today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas—BusinessMirror contributing photographer Suzanne June Perante has been preparing not her camera but an oven to bake her favorite Swiss roll and cheese buns as intended snacks while watching the long-awaited rumble on screen—a perfect time to share the products of her newly learned skills in baking breads and pastries.

Bird’s-eye view

SINCE she bagged the National Schools Press Conference 2011 photojournalism (English category) championship title in the Elementary Level, in Butuan City, budding shutterbug Suzanne June has been obsessed with taking photographs of birds.

Teen artist paints mining project green

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Her natural love for green environment made it easy for a science junior from the Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School in this capital town to win a poster-making contest showcasing a large-scale mining project during the recent “Celebrate Didipio!” festival.

Maximizing water power in N. Luzon

After three decades of operation, the National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) Dam, which irrigates 83,000 hectares of farmlands in Isabela and Quirino provinces, will soon undergo optimization works. The irrigation dam is located just after the Magat hydroelectric plant operated by SN Aboitiz Power (Snap).