LEPANTO, Mankayan – Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company successfully passed TUV Rheinland Philippines’ (TUV) second follow up with upgrade audit, with zero non-conformance, and is now ISO 14001:2015 certified. Lepanto first obtained its ISO:14001 compliance certification in 2016 but that was the 2004 version.
The TUV audit from April 23– 25, 2018 covered three company facilities – the Makati Corporate Office, Lepanto Warehouse in Bulacan, and the Lepanto Mine Division in Mankayan Benguet.
The audit report noted nine positive findings, foremost of which was the company’s solid waste management program engineered sanitary landfill which sets a benchmark for the Philippine mining industry. TUV also lauded the company’s initiative on PCB decontamination, another first in the country’s mining industry.
“The transition process was certainly not easy, but everyone showed teamwork and determination in vying for the ISO certification upgrade. This is another milestone for Lepanto Mining, one that validates our strong commitment to the environment and most especially to our surrounding communities”, LCMC’s VP for HR and Administration and overall Environmental Management Representative Knestor Jose Y. Godino said.
The ISO 14001 certification initiative was led by the EMS Team headed by LCMC President and COO, Bryan U.Yap, Godino and includes the Vice President and Resident Manager, Engr. Thomas S. Consolacion and MEPEO Manager Rolando C. Reyes.
By Butch S.B. Mendizabal