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Tampakan residents thank SMI for El Niño aid

The local community of Tampakan, South Cotabato expressed gratitude to Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) for its quick relief assistance to alleviate the adverse effects by the onslaught of El Niño phenomenon.

The mining firm said a total of 15,750 residents from 16 barangays and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) of the host municipality of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, have each received a relief pack of two kilograms of rice.

“The act of generosity not only alleviated food insecurities but also fostered a sense of unity and care within the barangay,” members of the Sangguniang Kabataan in Barangay Tablu posted on Facebook.

Nora Sukal, a Blaan leader, said she was also thankful to the assistance from the mining company.

“Maraming salamat Sagittarius Mines Inc. sa pag-distribute o sa pagbigay ng bigas sa aming barangay. Sana po ipagpatuloy nyo ito dahil malaking bagay po ito para sa amin,dahil sa hirap ng buhay ngayon po gawa ng El Niño po,” Sukal said.

Aside from the relief packs, SMI also rationed 18,940 liters of mineral drinking water to households and schools.

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