With flying colors, SMI scholar Noven Jake O. Paden passed the 2019 Mining Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Mining Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission this August 2019, ranking 8th with a score of 89.05%.
Noven Jake graduated from the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in June 2017, and is one of three USeP graduates from among the Top 10 passers of the Mining Engineering exam.
Engineer Paden is a resident of Barangay Poblacion in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. He was a recipient of a full college scholarship grant under the Samahan ng Matatalinong Indibidwal-Scholarship Program (SMI-SP) directly administered by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. for the top 10 high school graduates of its host municipalities.
Mining companies in the Philippines are mandated by the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 to develop the mining communities, and also invest in mining technology and geosciences. SMI has identified education as a critical development program for the host communities within the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project area.
Thus, from 1997-2018, SMI has provided PhP165 million to its 4 host municipalities, namely Tampakan in South Cotabato, Columbio in Sultan Kudarat, Malungon in Sarangani, and Kiblawan, including the 10 barangays and 11 indigenous cultural communities within the Project area, as educational support and access that has benefitted tens of thousands of elementary, high school and college-level youth in those areas.
Moreover, SMI has partnered with USeP to be one of its “university of choice” for geoscience and mining engineering education, and assisted its Geology Department in upgrading its petrographic laboratory to help shape world-class geoscientists and contribute to the development of mining technology in Mindanao and the country.