Marcventures tops Caraga mining firms in scholarship grants

Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) posted the highest number of college-level scholars among all mining companies in Caraga Region for 2016.

MMDC currently has 134 full-time scholars enrolled in different colleges and universities in Mindanao, Visayas and even Luzon, based on company records as validated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-XIII (MGB-Caraga).

Trailing behind MMDC are Nickel Asia Corporation affiliates Taganito Mining Corporation and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, whose scholars numbered 91 and 75 students, respectively.

MMDC’s long-running scholarship program has produced hundreds of college graduates who are now enjoying gainful employment in their respective fields.

Since 2005, MMDC has already spent P13 million for its scholarship program that has funded a total of 248 college scholars. Of this number, 61 have already earned their degrees.

One such recent graduate is Manobo native Gemmar Ampo, who finished Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at the Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

The 21-year old Gemmar, a resident of Gapas-gapas, Brgy. San Pedro in Cantilan town, now works for MMDC as a Mine Statistician at the company’s Mine Engineering Department.

Although scholars like him are not obliged to render any service for the company after earning their degrees, Gemmar said his gratitude for MMDC compelled him to “return to where I came from.”

“I would have not done it without the financial assistance from MMDC. In a way, working here feels like I’m returning to a loving family that helped me achieved my dreams,” he said.

As the eldest among five siblings, Gemmar said finishing college and obtaining a well-paying job was a great help for his family. He pointed out that his father, who works as foreman for the company and the family’s sole breadwinner, could barely make ends meet.

“Now I can help my father send all my siblings to school so that like me, they can reach for their dreams, too,” Gemmar said.

Alexandrie Amadeo, MMDC Vice President for Operations, noted that MMDC’s high number of scholars “strongly indicates the company’s desire to raise the living standards of our community stakeholders through education.”

“Education is the best gift that one can give to any individual,” Amadeo said. “If a family produces even just one college graduate, then that makes a difference for the rest of the members.”