APEX MINING Co., Inc. said that 69 workers and contractors operating at its Maco Mine in Davao de Oro had been screened positive for coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).

Apex Mining President and CEO Luis R. Sarmiento stated in the stock exchange on Monday that underground activities at the mine site and the mill will be slowed down after part of its staff is in quarantine due to the confirmed cases.

He said that the organization had improved the execution of all protection initiatives at the facility, although all offices and work areas of COVID-19 patients had been temporarily closed and disinfected.

“Alternative job plans for the personnel of the office have been set in order to reduce interruption to support operations,” said Mr. Sarmiento.

“At the moment, the Mine Medical Unit, in conjunction with the local authority, is performing touch tracing with workers who might have direct contact with COVID-19 patients,” he said.

In October of this year, Apex Mining’s subsidiary Itogon-Suyoc Minerals, Inc. (ISRI) in Itogon, Benguet was included in the localized lockdown following claims of COVID-19 cases in the province of Barangay.

At the time of the company’s announcement, it announced that approximately 80 positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified in its Sangilo mine.

During the third quarter of 2020, Apex Mining had an attributable net profits of P679.56 million, higher than that of P148.94 million in the same period a year before, thanks to improved sales and higher gold prices.

For the duration July to September, the company’s sales have grew by 102.3 per cent to P2.59 billion.

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