Supporting the Philippines to become an Internationally Recognised Training Destination
In September 2015, OGC was proud to open Asia’s first underground mine training facility located at Clarke, Pamanga north of Manila. The facility is a purpose-built training complex designed to simulate underground mining conditions and is based on the exact tunnel dimensions of the Didipio underground mine, which is currently in development. The underground mine training facility has been completed with offtake drives, fuel refill locations, safety refuge chambers, crib rooms, explosives magazines and a range of fixed and mobile equipment set up for use.
The facility is part of a $2 million investment in partnership with the Australian based Site Skills Training organisation and mine safety leader, MineARC Systems. It augments an existing multi-purpose international training facility providing a wide range of programs to local and international students.
OGC’s investment in this facility will enable the Company to equip its Didipio-based employees with the skills and knowledge to work safely and efficiently in an underground mine. The first batch of graduates for the 4-month Underground Work Readiness Program were deployed to the development of the Didipio underground mine. One of these graduates, a resident of Didipio has recently been promoted to Underground Risk Engineer for his outstanding performance.
The facility delivers internationally recognised training modules and outcomes which can be delivered over a 12-16 week period. Initially this facility will mostly service the Didipio Mine training needs with a full expectation that over time, it will attract trainees from other mines and function as a significant independent commercial operation for the Philippines.