Tungawan, AMVI boost partnership for infra dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:59

TUNGAWAN, Zamboanga Sibugay 0 - At least nine kilometers of road network traversing from the national highway to Barangay San Vicente here was rehabilitated and upgraded with the support of Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. (AMVI).

The development came after Mayor Randy Climaco sought the help of AMVI, through a resolution from the Sangguniang Bayan, for the repair and rehabilitation of the road to help alleviate the living condition of the people in the area.

Councilor Lorverle Caracol said the mining company provided technical and financial assistance to bring this much-needed development that primarily benefited the people in Sitio Sucamao area.

“It takes sizable amount of money to rehabilitate and upgrade the San Vicente farm-to-market road. The local government of does not have the financial capability at present,” Caracol said.

The partnership of AMVI and the LGU was strengthened through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last April that recognized the value of working together to hasten the development in the area.

The MOA also declared the cooperative efforts to construct a port facility in Sucamao to promote socio-economic development in the area while at the same time to protecting and preserving the natural environment.

It also stipulated the commitment of AMVI to prioritize qualified local residents in hiring manpower requirements for the preparation, construction and eventual operation of the Port in Sucamao.

AMVI President Elson Ogario said the company appreciated the local officials for the opportunities for the mining company to serve people of Tungawan.

“Mayor Climaco and other local officials have to be commended for keeping in step with the call for development by opening their door to investors as a strategy to develop the local economy,” he said.

In talking on the development of the Sucamao Port, Ogario said: “This is not just about shipping port, it is also about caring for the people and sharing with the local community the benefits of development.”

The proposed port facility will serve as shipping point of AMVI’s direct shipping operations of iron ores mined in the hinterlands of Vitali in Zamboanga City.

With the partnership, Ogario said Mayor Climaco has taken “a big, bold step towards development.”

AMVI, holder of a Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA), is the operator of Vitali Iron Ore Project with mining tenements covering mostly the Upper Tagpangi section of Barangay Vitali in Zamboanga City.