MANQUEHUA COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SALAMANCA
COUNTY AUTHORITIES VISIT DON GABRIEL OPEN PIT
The group of 16 people was composed of social leaders and community members, as well as councilors and representatives from the Municipality of Salamanca.
Last Thursday, March 27th, Manquehua community members were given a tour of the Don Gabriel Open Pit operational area. This presented an opportunity where the community could discuss any feelings of disagreement or concern regarding the development of the deposit.
For the Neighborhood Council President, Viviana Varas, “this activity has had a positive impact; we left feeling considerably more at ease as neighbors, convinced that we have achieved something positive for the community. We came to an agreement that we want to work alongside the company in order to reach a state of tranquility as neighbors.”
Meanwhile, the Municipal Manager of the county of Salamanca, Victor Araya, highlighted that “these instances help to build trust, as many of the community’s concerns can be resolved through bettering communications between the Mining Company and the members themselves, and they get to see how they could be benefitted by working alongside one another.”
This site visit was part of the community development program implemented by Minera Tres Valles, where close working ties are cultivated with the community members that are directly affected by the Company.