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OceanaGold supports water management

OceanaGold Corp., which operates the first large scale mining in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya province, will increase its capability to conserve water resources and implement effective water management, which is critical in mining operation.

OceanaGold managing director and chief executive Mick Wilkes said one major step the company had recently undertaken was to link up with International River Foundation, a Brisbane-based environmental non-government organization that works in partnerships around the world to fund and promote sustainable restorations and management of river basins.

“With this strategic step, along with our continued collaboration with the communities, academe and government in environmental efforts, we believe more results can be achieved,” Wilkes said.

Wilkes said the collaboration with various stakeholders broadened new opportunities in effective water management.

“Together, the group can promote and educate members of the communities in minimizing adverse impacts from the small scale mining and become champions in sustainable river basin management for generations to come,” he said.

The IRF promotes long-term relationships between developed and developing countries, focusing on sustainable river system management globally.

Small scale mining has affected small communities along the Didipio river since the 1970s when gold was first discovered in the area.

Wilkes said OceanaGold thought the IRF model was an effective approach to bring about change. It empowers members of the communities and creates champions in sustainable river basin management for generations to come, he said.

The company continues to strive to provide a cleaner environment and a better future for our communities.

The IRF said “the aim of our partnership with OceanaGold is very clear, we want to create better environment and social conditions to people relying on rivers for agriculture, for drinking water and daily needs.  We seek to further develop our support for community and business partnerships across in the Philippines and OceanaGold is leading us forward.”

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OceanaGold access highway serves as FMR for Nueva Vizcaya village

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KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya—The service road network developed by Australian mining firm OceanaGold (Phlippines) to and from its mine site in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, through Cabarroguis, Quirino, does not only serve as a delivery road for mineral concentrates but also serves as a major access road for agricultural products produced from the mining village.

“Farmers in Barangay Didipio find it more convenient to transport their farm products now because of the all-weather road established by the mining firm. The 22-kilometer upland highway was designed according to world-class mine safety standards,” said Mario Ancheta, Mines and Geosciences Bureau director for Cagayan Valley.

Ancheta said that while the road was opened in Quirino, the direct beneficiaries are local residents of Nueva Vizcaya because the gold-copper project is in the mining village of Didipio in Kasibu town.

“Aside from the enormous taxes due to be paid by the mining company, which was issued the first Financial Technical Assistance Agreement [FTAA] by the national government, the direct employment of locals in road maintenance is a great advantage for residents who are always given top priority,” Ancheta said.

Didipio Corp. (DiCorp) General Manager Gerald Gamboa said the road maintenance being handled by his company employs a lot of local workers.

“The ongoing pavement construction of the road to the site is a favorable project not only for our a laborers but for everyone who regularly commutes to the community center and to the project site, as well, because of the friendly-road design,” Gamboa said.

The DiCorp. which also provides daily shuttle services for OGPI employees from as far as the capital town of  Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, also transports daily food stocks which feeds about 1,700 employees from sunrise to sunset.

“The good road does not only give comfortable access to the project in general but has given the ‘go signal’ for local residents to purchase their respective service vehicles. Besides, in cases of emergency, the firm’s quick- response team can easily transport patients to the nearest hospital downtown,” Gamboa said.

He said local farmers who do not have the means to transport their harvests could simply call or text their business counterparts from the lowlands to pick up their produce right from the farm gate.

“Because of the good roads, local businessmen from nearby towns could pick their merchandise direct from the farm because the prices of fresh agricultural products are cheaper at farm gate,” Gamboa said.

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OCEANAGOLD DIDIPIO MINE UPDATE

MEDIA RELEASE

25 February 2013

OCEANAGOLD DIDIPIO MINE UPDATE

(MELBOURNE) OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC, TSX: OGC, NZX: OGC) (the “Company”) wishes to provide an update on its Didipio Mine located in Luzon, Philippines which is currently undergoing commissioning activities.
Ramp up of the process plant continues to track well. To date, approximately 2,500 tonnes of copper-gold concentrate has been delivered to port and in excess of an additional 2,500 tonnes has been produced and is awaiting transport from the minesite.

The Company wishes to advise that it is currently in discussions with various government departments over interpretations of tax exemptions pertaining to OceanaGold’s Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA). Didipio is the first project to be built and commence operations in the Philippines under the FTAA structure. Due to these clarifications on tax exemptions being sought, some of the trucks used for transporting concentrate are being held by local government agencies and thus transportation of copper-gold concentrate has been temporarily suspended. While these discussions take place, mining and processing operations continue.

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For further information please contact:
OceanaGold Corporation

Investor Relations – Melbourne
Nova Young or Darren Klinck
Tel: +61(3) 9656 5300

Investor Relations – Toronto
Sam Pazuki
Tel: +1 647 237 1910

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OceanaGold reports rising throughput, recoveries in Didipio mine

By: Orti Despuez, InterAksyon.com

MANILA – OceanaGold Corp on Thursday said its Didipio copper-gold project in Nueva Vizcaya has attained higher than expected throughput rates and better recoveries.

In a report posted in its website, the Australian company’s managing director Mick Wilkes said the Didipio mine produced its first copper/gold concentrate last December and its fist shipment was trucked to port last month.

“The Didipio Project in northern Luzon continued to advance well during 2012 with all key milestones achieved on schedule,” Wilkes said, adding that commissioning activities continue to progress well with mill throughput rates exceeding expectations and having approached 2.5 metric tons per annum (Mtpa).

In late January, modifications were identified for the long-term reliability of the plant and were completed early this month.

For the entire 2012, total gold production has reached 232,909 ounces, exceeding OceanaGold’s production guidance of 225,000-230,000 ounces for the year. Gold sales were 230,119 ounces resulting in cash costs of $940 per ounce sold, which was lower than the cost guidance range.

In the fourth quarter alone, the company’s gold production reached 76,844 ounces, or 55 percent higher than the third quarter, whereas gold sales were pegged at 69,761 ounces and cash costs at $638 per ounce.

Wilkes said strong fourth quarter results were driven by a solid performance from the New Zealand operations. The increase in production was a result of mining higher-grade ore at both its Macraes and Reefton operations.

OceanaGold is a significant Asia Pacific gold producer with projects located on the South Island of New Zealand and in the Philippines.

Its assets encompass New Zealand’s largest gold mining operation at the Macraes goldfield in Otago, which is made up of the Macraes Open Pit and the Frasers Underground mines. Additionally on the west coast of the South Island, the company operates the Reefton Open Pit mine.

The company’s Didipio Project in northern Luzon is in commissioning and is expected to produce 100,000 ounces of gold and 14,000 tons of copper per year on average over an estimated 16 year mine life.

OceanaGold expects to produce 285,000-325,000 ounces of gold and 15,000-18,000 tons of copper in fiscal year 2013 from the New Zealand and Philippine operations combined.

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OCEANAGOLD OPERATION BOON TO NORTHERN INDIGINEOUS PEOPLE

OCEANAGOLD OPERATION BOON   TO NORTHERN INDIGINEOUS PEOPLE

Indigenous people of Northern Luzon are looking forward in great anticipation to the start of full-scale operation of OceanaGold’s Didipio mining operation  which is seen as a big boon to perk up the local economy and boost the quality of life of the Indigenous People.

 Excited in particular over the OceanaGold operation are the IP communities in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Ifugao Province which borders Nueva Vizcaya. Many of the locals in the area  are working directly with the mine with many more seeing the benefit indirectly through employment with contractors or other service providers. Their earnings are  adding a big way to the  family income and thus give the locals greater purchasing power and access to modern day consumer products which means better qulaity of life.

 “ We have waitied long enough to see the operation of OceanaGold, which we believe will be very beneficial not only to the Didipio People but also to those living around our community” said Evelyn Liborio, National Commission on Indigineous Peoples Provincial Chairperson of Ayangan Tribe and Tribal Leader

 She affirmed that indigineous people in the area particulary in Barangay Didipio are supportive of the OceanaGold Didipio project as they themselves will benefit from them.They will strictly monitor the implementation of the project until its end of life – a way of  check and balance particularly in safety and welfare of IPs in the province.

 Meanwhile,Bradley Norman, Oceanagold Country Director said the mining firm will continue to be in search of ways to make its presence in Didipio meaningful to the IP’s. “We have particular interest in initiatives along the line of education, community development, health care and nutrition,”  “ in 15 or 20 years, we would like to leave as a company that has brought change in capability and perspective to the people of the area where we operated.”  said Norman

 Currently, the company is commisioning the process plant and expects to produce 50,000- 70,000 ounces of gold and 15,000- 18,000 tonnes of copper in 2013 from the mine. This is in addition to the 230,000-255,000 ounces of  gold the company expects to produce from its mines in New Zealand where it has been operating successfully for more than 20 years.

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OceanaGold vows to keep incorporating human rights in its mining operations

Shown handing over the CHR  plaque of commendation to OceanaGold general manager for operations Brennan Lang (left) is Region II Director Jimmy P. Baliga (right), as Lucita Esconde (middle),  OceanaGold sustainability and environment manager, looks on.

Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya – An Australian mining company operating a gold-copper project at the minieral rich village of Didipio in this upland town said on Friday it will keep incorporating and observing a human-rights perspective in the conduct of its business affairs.

OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. ( OGPI) also said it will continue to provide due considerations to cultural rights and the social development of the villages directly or indirectly covered by its mining operations within the borders of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces up north.

OGPI senior vice-president for communications Ramoncito Gozar whose company received a citation from the Commission on Human Rights ( CHR) in Cagayan Valley told reporters that OGPI shall maintain “ high respect both for human and cultural rights” in all villages covered by its mining operation.

“We are thankful that no less that the CHR has recognized our continued efforts in keeping friendly relationships with the residents in the area”, said Gozar

The commendation was given on the 25th anniversary of the CHR at the regional center in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

CHR Special Investigator Antonino Cruz said there has been a big change in terms of strong social acceptance and progressive trnasformation substantiated with the signing of SDMP memorandum of agreement between OGPI and the 10 barangays directly covered bythe project.

“The independent and continuous monitoring conducted by the CHR emphasized strengthened economics symbiosis among indegenious cultural communities of Didipio, proactive consultations with the resients and the issuance of documentary permits” said Cruz

Gozar said the mining firm would continuously provide significant contiirbutions and unwavering commitments to its host and neighboring communities through the implementation of social development management programs, various projects and activities which are in line with the company’s goals, and objectives of sustainable growth and development.

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OceanaGold backs Brigada Eskwela

As part  of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives  and social development management program (SDMP), OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. is fully supporting the Department of Education’s Adopt A School Project, as it gears up  for the National Schools Maintenance Week, widely known as “Brigada Eskwela” on May 21 to 26.

The opening of classes is scheduled on June 13.

Brigada Eskwela, which carries the spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan, is held in the national and regional level, mobilizing parents, teachers, students, business groups, local government units and other community residents in repairing and  sprucing up of schools before the opening of classes.

The DepEd mandated all of the 45,000 public elementary and secondary schools all over the country to take part in the Brigada Eskwela.

“Our firm, the Oceanagold (Philippines) Inc. has been assigned to spruce up the building of the Justo Lukban Elementary School in Paco, Manila. This is aside from doing some renovation and construction work and repainting of the edifice,” said Chito Gozar, senior vice president for communications and external affairs.

Gozar said the same effort will be undertaken by OceanaGold as the Brigada Eskwela kicks off in the regional level. The Australian mining firm has its gold-copper project in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya.

“Essential health care programs for elementary students and construction of daycare centers, improvement of comfort rooms, are the other  educational support we have been giving to our host community and neighboring communities. Last year alone, we spent some P2 million in all these projects,” he said.

OceanaGold’s support in education to date has  a total of  63 full college scholarship grants which are  given to deserving students in Didipio and nearby communities.

Financial assistance is likewise given by the firm in the form  of salary subsidy to 18 school teachers, cost of instructional materials, computers, books and to various school activities.

Also as part of its SDMP, OceanaGold is in partnership with the local communities and educational institutions in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces – Nueva Vizcaya State University , Quirino State College, Eastern Nueva Vizcaya National High School and Didipio Elementary School .

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OceanaGold implements environment management system

By Sanny Galvez (The Philippine Star) Updated January 09, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. has been implementing an environmental management system (EMS) even before it starts the construction of its gold copper project in Barangay Didipio in Nueva Vizcaya, according to Chito Gozar, OceanaGold  senior vice-president for communications and external affair.

“We are applying all mitigating measures to avert negative effects on the environment and this is through reviews, audits and risk assessment to optimize and augment our environmental performance,” Gozar said.

He said “for all this to be effective, it needs to be conducted within a structured management system and integrated with overall management activity.”Francisco de Leoz Jr., OceanaGold environment manager, said OceanaGold has set up a plan for an EMS, an international management certification.

He said an EMS   promotes continuous improvement, ensures that all environmental management procedures are maintained and that it is a tool that assist mine management to meet environmental requirements.

“Early this month, OceanaGold will begin with the awareness and training of our employees for them to understand and accept this system on environmental management,” De Leoz said.

He said because of early preventive system against risks, a company can save substantially by adopting an EMS-ISO14001.

Inherent in an EMS is compliance with laws, reduction of waste and improvement of profit, demonstration of environmental leadership, improvement of customer and investor satisfaction and of marketing edge and improvement of relations with the local community, regulatory authorities and employees.

Located at the boundaries of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya and Cobarroguis, Quirino, the OceanaGold copper-gold project had planted more than 190,000 trees to its concession area even before the start of its plant operation.

It has likewise undertaken community projects, including the construction and improvement of school buildings and medical clinics, roads and other community projects such as in education and other livelihood facilities.

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OceanaGold to carry out reforestation program

OceanaGold Philippines Inc. said yesterday it will continue to carry out its reforestation, forest protection and other environmental and livelihood programs  that would benefit not only the residents in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, where its gold-copper mining project is located, but also those in the neighboring communities.

The firm said even before it starts operation, it has already implemented a reforestation program at its mine site where it has so far planted more than 250,000 seedlings of various forests and fruit bearing trees covering 103 hectares.

In collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government agencies in Nueva Vizcaya, OceanaGold has also undertaken a province wide reforestation program by planting over 29,000 seedlings in july to October this year.

OceanaGold was the recipient of the 2011 Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) award (Best Mining Forest Program) held recently in Baguio City.

It also received a recognition award “for achieving more than one million man hour with zero lost time accident” Chito Gozar, vice president for communication and external affairs, Bradley Norman, senior vice president, Brennan Lang, operations general manager,Lucita Exconde, OceanaGold community relations manager, Francis de Leaoz, environment manager and Ron Paungan, Safety Manager received the award.

OceanaGold was also the winner in the DENR – Mine and Geosciences Bureau “ Best Mining Forest” contest in 2009.

“We will continue to carry out our reforestation, forest protection and other environmental and livelihood programs as well as in education and health that will benefit not only the residents in Didipio where our mine site in the nearby communities” Gozar said.