Mining companies can take you to some distant places on the world, and once I joined OceanaGold in 2013, the corporate had just instructed the Didipio operation, a gold and copper asset on the island of Luzon, approximately 270 kilometers north of Manila within the state of Philippines. Didipio is an open-pit mine with an underground development recently underway and with a mine life beyond 2030. The mine is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and experiences high rainfall with a mean of ten typhoons a year. Getting communications services into the location may be a particular challenge.
OceanaGold commits to use locally and one of our early challenges was to create the capabilities to take over full responsibility for the IT function to Filipino nationals, to try to do this, we developed an idea to spot local talent, implement technical and leadership training, and end ex-pat staff. OceanaGold runs a dispersed performing model to drive accountability, so it had been important to urge the consolidation right of local site control and central IT group support and governance.