To explore and develop the Coal Operating Contract as part of PNOC EC’s commitment to harness indigenous sources of energy.
PNOC EC intends to conduct exploration activities in COC 185 including geologic mapping, block boundary survey and drilling of about twenty-two (22) drillholes to determine the extent, volume, behavior and quality of coal seams for possible coal mining operations in line with the DOE’s directive to explore and develop indigenous energy resources of the country.
COC 185 is located on the northeastern end of the Malangas Coal District, Sibugay Peninsula where underground coal mines are extensively worked. Adjacent to its location are two development and production COCs, COC 41 (PNOC EC) and COC 130 (Brixton Energy & Mining Corp.).
COC 185 covers an area of about 2,000 hectares and spans across numerous barangays; Brgy. del Pilar of the municipality of Malangas and Barangays Danlugan, Mabuhay, Maganay, del Monte and Bagong Borbon of the Municipality of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.
On 15 February 2013, the DOE granted PNOC EC the COC 185 for the two (2) year exploration of two (2) coal blocks. On 3 December 2014, the DOE approved PNOC EC’s request for an extension of COC 185 to 14 February 2017, citing as a reason NCIP’s inability to issue the Certificate of Precondition which is a prerequisite to do any exploration work.
In 2014, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region IX provided PNOC EC a map that shows that COC 185 overlaps with the Buug Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).
During the Field-Based Investigation (FBI) conducted by the NCIP Provincial Office in 2014, it was noted that Malangas also had a pending application for the delineation and titling of their Ancestral Domain with the NCIP.
The Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Process of the NCIP started with the first Community Assembly in October 2015. The FPIC Process for COC 185 lasted until November 2016.
The NCIP Provincial Office conducted the Consensus-Building Meetings and Decision Meetings for the two municipalities covering COC 185 on 29 to 30 November 2016. The signing of the MOA between PNOC EC, leaders of the Indigenous Peoples living in the two municipalities covered in the project areas, and the NCIP took place on 15 December 2016.