On December 7, 2016, Ms. Regina Paz L. Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, paid a visit to Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) both located in Rio Tuba, Bataraza Palawan.
Accompanied by Rodolfo L. Velasco Jr., Chief of the MSESDD of MGB-CO; Takanori Fujimura, President of Sumitomo Metal Mining Philippines Corp.; and Jose B. Anievas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC), Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-MIMAROPA Region arrived first in the Rio Tuba Airport. Fifteen minutes later, the advance party was followed by the main group headed by Sec. Lopez, accompanied by Leo L. Jasareno, former MGB Director and Undersecretary of the DENR; Gerard H. Brimo, NAC Chief Executive Officer and President; Martin G. Zamora, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Planning of NAC; and Takeshi Kubota, SMM Director and Managing Executive Officer.
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