Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) employees skip the annual Christmas party to extend their event fund of P332,000 to the victims of the recent typhoons in Cagayan.
NAC employees regularly commit to Personal Social Responsibility (PSR) programs where they pool together personal funds to extend support and assistance to the communities.
For years, with PSR, NAC employees have built a library in Eastern Samar, distributed school supplies to thousands of students in Isabela and Surigao del Norte, assisted a young cancer patient from Rio Tuba to complete her treatment, distributed hundreds of kaldero and kumot to victims of typhoons and the volcanic eruption in Batangas.
This holiday season is no different, despite the pandemic, as NAC employees reach out to the victims of the recent typhoons.
NAC employees’ representatives, led by Gerry B. Ongkingco, VP for Human Resources, presented the funds to Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM, parish priest of Santuario de San Antonio (SSAP). SSAP has aggressive relief operations in Cagayan. The donation will be used to help families affected by the typhoons.
NAC employees, with support from family and friends, also “passed around the hat” to provide gifts of toys, candies, crayons, peanut butter and crackers, and face shields to about 300 children in Isabela.
“We received many support from all over the country during and after the typhoons, we are grateful to all, but the toys brought happiness to the parents and we got wide smiles from the children, our hearts are warmed by this gesture,” says Lucy Ambatali, LGU employee in Ilagan, Isabela.
“But that’s just our PSR, there is so much more from our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs,” shares Engr. Remy Collado Camo, Mine Environment, Safety and Health Division Manager at Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. (RTN).
RTN alone, a subsidiary of NAC in Rio Tuba in Palawan, extended P350,000 CSR funds to the victims of the typhoons in Cagayan.
“The spirit of giving is a way of living at NAC, we extend our hands of support as far as we can reach,” Camo says.
NAC is among the first responders to COVID challenge spending about P50M as early response to the threat of COVID-19. Through its subsidiaries – Cagdianao Mining (CMC), Dinapigue Mining (DMC), Hinatuan Mining (HMC), Rio Tuba Nickel Mining (RTN) and Taganito Mining (TMC) with Emerging Power, Inc. (EPI) and Cordillera Exploration Inc. (CExCI) – spent more than P50M from their Social Development Management Program (SDMP) and Corporate Social Responsibility funds for sacks of rice, food packs, vitamins, and medical supplies such as alcohol and hand sanitizers, distributed to thousands of families and frontliners.
A separate CSR budget of P18M was turned over to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to build a molecular testing laboratory in Surigao City to support the province’s efforts for early detection of COVID-19 cases.