Apex Mining says operations normal after NPA attack

Posted at 04/11/14 6:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Apex Mining confirmed reports that armed members of the New People's Army attacked its facilities in Maco, Compostela Valley on Thursday.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, Apex Mining said NPA guerrillas attacked three working installations and burned mining equipment and vehicles at the mining site. No one was hurt in the incident.

The company said that mill and mining operations at the site are back to normal.

"AMCI, which is an all-Filipino Team mining company stated that mill and mining remains normal. The damage to equipment will temporarily affect the development of additional reserves, however,
the company is fast tracking remedial measures," it said.

Apex Mining is now working with the local government units, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to address the issue.

The company maintained it is compliant with environmental laws and regulations so it can provide employment opportunities to the community and better benefits to the indigenous people of Maco.

"With the cooperation of the national government agencies, local government units and the community, AMCI will continue to address the welfare of its employees and their families, as well as provide services and assistance to its host communities, and implement programs in partnership with the Mansaka Tribe and the local government," it said.