APEX Mining Company, Inc. (AMCI) of Maco, Compostela Valley Province arrived in Cebu on December 27, 2021, i.e., 10 days after the super typhoon Odette ravaged Cebu City. A convoy of 3 six-wheelers (1 tanker,2 transporters) and 2 LV pick-ups entered Banilad Center for Professional Development (BCPD) grounds like a parade of lights amidst the gloom.
They brought succor at the height of the water, gas and electricity crises, hauling in the following relief goods: 54 family packs with 25kilos rice and canned goods, 20 boxes of face mask, 100 bottled water, 10 thousand pesos worth of construction materials, 2 thousand liters of diesel fuel and 1 generator set. The engineers, electricians and technical men installed the generator to power electricity in the building at least for some hours to charge electronic devices and flashlights and powered the booster pumps to bring in water to the rooms.
The team of 19 men and 2 women was headed by Engr. Ferdinand “Ding” Dobli, Department Manager for Administration. Sir Ding was Head of the Community Relations (COMREL) Department of APEXIn 2017 when BCPD Staff went to Maco for the first time to campaign for students for the APEX-BCPD Scholarship Program. Since then, 60 girls have graduated from senior high school under theTechnical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track Home Economics strand; some of whom are employed by AMCI, working in the hotel and restaurant industry in Manila, Cebu and Mindanao or taking higher education courses. Indeed, through the scholarship program, AMCI has given the girls and their families a brighter future.
We can never thank the generous men and women who left the comforts of their homes, travelled by land and sea to give the much-needed and much-appreciated assistance to the BCPD Family.
Kudos go to: Maria Fe Palconit (COMREL Manager), Jennifer Otfon, Jeric Presores, Nelson Presores, Jr., Jhony Pitogo, Leomil Ortega, Jomar Mandaue, Rebeloy Saniling, John Raymund Ruiz, Edu Seguerra, Charleston Paguia, Algier Garcia, John Rey Idcasan, Jayson Chavez, Nomar Genoia, Sulficio Guadia, Emiliano Curimatmat, Hermojenes Villaren, Jr., Randy Estabillo and Mike Jheck Macalanga, Jr.