Key to the social responsibility of Top Frontier Investment Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) is its commitment to improve the lives of people in the communities where its facilities, stations and projects are present, with focus on environmental stewardship and activities to benefit the society in general.
Consistently, Clariden Holdings, Inc. (“CHI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, proactively reaches out to others to bring forth change through its Social Development and Management Program and Community Development Program, which programs are developed through consultations with the communities such as: (i) Barangay Tigbinan, Labo, Camarines Norte, (ii) Tagkawayan, Quezon, and (iii) Barangay Villa San Isidro, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte, among others.Livelihood programs introduced by CHI help provide additional materials and supplies to the residents of the communities needed for their source of livelihood. These include the distributiion of sewing machines to Zennia Women’s Association, and flashlights, masks and spear guns to the fisher folks of Barangay Mabini. Educational assistance are likewise provided by CHI through the distribution of school supplies and the construction of school facilities in public schools in Compostela Valley, Quezon, Camarines Norte and Surigao City, among others.
In recognition of its responsibility to the environment, CHI is implementing its Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program, Fine Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Program, and Environmental Work Programs in Surigao City and Camarines Norte, where its mining facilities and operations are located, by the establishment of an Eco-Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and the rehabilitation of mined out areas in Nonoc Island, Surigao City, the reforestation of a 20-hectare area in Barangay Villa San Isidro, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte, freshwater, air, and marine quality monitoring, Asbestos Containing Materials Management, Solid Waste Management, and Hazardous Waste Management, among others. All these efforts account for CHI’s share in its responsibility for environmental protection and sustainable development.
Nursery Development and Maintenance
Pursuant to the mining law and its rules and regulations, the company implements: (a) an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) and Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Program (FMR/DP) for its Project in Surigao City/Dinagat Islands Province; and (b) Environmental Work Programs (EnWP) for its exploration projects in Camarines Norte/Quezon and in Compostela Valley.
These Programs are supported by the required funds such as the Mine Rehabilitation fund for the implementation of the EPEP and the Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Fund for the FMR/DP. The implementation of the EnWP, meanwhile, is supported by an amount equivalent to 10% of the exploration cost.
Activities currently being implemented are the operation and maintenance of nurseries.
Environmental Quality Monitoring
Environmental monitoring measures are also implemented such as fresh water and marine quality monitoring and air quality monitoring.
Freshwater Quality Monitoring
Air Quality Monitoring
Marine Quality Monitoring
Development and Maintenance of Mitigating Measures
The construction of environmental mitigating such as silt dams and diversion canals.
Embankments / Berms
Land and Coastal Reforestation
Reforestation of mined out areas, mangrove reforestation and participation in government initiatives such as the National Greening Program, TreeVolution among others.
Rehabilitation of Mined Out Areas
20 hectare reforestation area in Brgy. Villa San Isidro, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte
Domestic and Hazardous Waste Management
The management of asbestos containing materials and hazardous wastes as well as solid waste management.
Asbestos Containing Materials Management
Solid Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Management
Environment and Biodiversity Enhancement
As an initiative, the company is re-establishing its Eco-Park and Wildlife Sanctuary to showcase both flora and fauna in the Project.
As required under the mining law and its implementing rules and regulations, the company implements: (a) a Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) for its operating projects (Pacific Nickel Philippines Inc); and (b) Community Development Programs for its exploration projects (VIL Mines Inc. - Mt Cadig Nickel and Prima Lumina Gold Mining Corp. – Bango Gold Project)
These Programs help the company in engaging and managing relationships with key stakeholder groups as well as to share benefits with the host and neighbouring communities outside of their share from the taxes and from the national wealth.
The Programs are supported by 1.5% of the annual operating cost for the SDMP and 10% of the total cost of the exploration program in the case of the CDP.
Programs are developed with the communities through consultations and implemented as a partnership between the company and the communities.
Information, Education and Communication Activities
Host Barangays of Nonoc Nickle Project on Surigao City and Dinagat Islands
Assistance to Infrastructure Development such as the construction of farm to market roads and access roads in order to facilitate other forms of economic activity.
Barangay Cabatuhan, Labo, Camarines Norte
Health and Nutrition Programs