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JUST in time for school year 2017-2018, the construction of a three-story senior high-school (SHS) building at the Eastern Nueva Vizcaya National High School (ENVNHS) campus is now a reality. After one and a half years, the long wait...
Story and photos by Leonardo Perante II THE third leg of my trip to the coastal towns of Isabela brought me to the historic, but once controversial town of Palanan.  A granddaughter of former Mayor Angel Bernado met me at...
Story and photos by Leonardo Perante II / Correspondent BEFORE 300 B.C. Indo-Malay expeditions of the founding forefathers of Cauayan arrived in the valley. The town site was first located in Calanusian, along the Cagayan River. It was baptized Cauayan after kawayan,...
Story and photos by Leonardo Perante II IT all started eight years ago during the term of then-San Mateo (Isabela) Mayor Roberto Agcaoili (now vice mayor) with his Adopt a Home Program designed to rehabilitate existing, but dilapidated, houses of...
DIDIPIO MINE, Nueva Vizcaya—With thousands of mining employees fed from breakfast to dinner, Australian mining firm OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) has reaffirmed its support to the production of high-value crops in Barangay Didipio, home to its Didipio operation. As  part...
Story and photo by Leonardo Perante II THE first Financial Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos issued all the preconditions and terms governing large-scale mining operations in the country. It allowed Australian mining company OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc....
Story and photos by Leonardo Perante II | Correspondent DURING the Stone Age, nearly 25,999 years ago, early settlers in Northern Philippines, including what we now call as Cauayan City, were dark-skinned and kinky-haired pygmies. Before 300 BC, Indo-Malay expeditions of...
LONG before OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI) commenced full operation of its Didipio Mine three years ago, a series of social-development programs has been in existence, providing benefits to residents of the mining village. A memorandum of agreement was signed...
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...
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...
By Leonardo Perante II | Correspondent BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—As part of its continuing efforts to ensure a productive and healthy community, the Australian firm OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) is revitalizing agriculture that encourages more villagers, including teachers and students, to plant...
ILAGAN CITY, Isabela—Right after Typhoon Karen (international code name Sarika) devastated Isabela with severe crop damage, another more disastrous typhoon called Lawin (international code name Haima) followed. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of this province, one...
Story And Photo By Leonardo Perante | Correspondent SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela—After three terms as City Mayor of this city, Amelita Sison Navarro has detoured to farming.  Her advocacy on backyard planting of cut flowers, vegetables and raising of native livestock...
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...
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...
SANTIAGO CITY—The 22-kilometer service-road network developed by Australian mining firm OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. to and from its mine site in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, through Cabarroguis, Quirino, is undergoing pavement construction, with sharp curves and slopes given top priority....
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...
A LANDLOCKED province with a rolling terrain that straddles southern Cagayan Valley Region, Nueva Vizcaya is known for its ecotourism destinations, upland farms and rich natural resources blessed with premium mineral deposits. The province is home to a gold-copper project operated...
IN the Philippines, a defendant whose case is still being heard in court but does not have enough money fails to post bail for his temporary liberty. Very often, he lands in jail. It is like the end of...
  KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya—While Typhoon Lando battered this part of Northern Luzon over the weekend, the emergency response team of OceanaGold (Philippines) prepared equipment and vehicles barely two years after rendering a rescue and retrieval operations at the earthquake and...