Separating Yang Tse from the Tebinkan Village is the wandering Dhammapala Creek.
About the Village of Tebinkan
U Thaung Sein is 42 years of age with a great number of responsibilities. His thoughts are for the continual development of his village that go beyond the temporary mining stages.
“ It is my wish that MYTCL begin to provide loans for small business such as animal husbandry, and to provide job opportunities and skilled training for those who have very little income.”
There are approximately 995 persons living in this village that is self-sufficient and has the greater part of its inhabitants working in areas outside of the MYTCL copper mine. 47 persons are employed at Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Limited, composing 4.72% of the village’s total population working as occupational miners or in areas related.
- There is 1 Primary School; the village supports electricity that was provided in the Electricity Projects of 2012; there is a Water Dam that was repaired as a donation in the 2014 budget of MYTCL for Community and Social Development Projects.
- The village manages 1 Monastery named Dhammapala.
- The Head Monk of this village is U Awdatha.
- The elected Village Administrator is U Thar Po.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Tebinkan Village found its inhabitants shifted by the mining activities in the latter part of 2012. Until this time the mine had little to no disturbances to the village or the farmers of this village. In 2012 the mine began to extend its production, and the farms that lay within the lease area were to be taken over as part of the permit awarded by the government. Before these lands were fairly forfeited, considerations were given to the farmers that had been allowed to continue to farm for many years within the lease permit.
Previous mine ownership had made it a policy to not assume any lands until they were required to be utilised into the mine’s activities, and farming had continued directly within the lease. To the south of the mine the farmlands were scheduled for clearing and construction in 2012. An assessment of the area was completed and a Social Impact Plan implemented to provide these farmers with job opportunities, if they desired. Despite the fact that the organisational structure of MYTCL was filled to capacity, additional jobs were created to provide income for those from Tebinkan who wished to join the mining family.
A Resettlement Assistance Package was also created by the Management of MYTCL. Crop Benefits were added as a part of this package to allow the farmers of this area to not only move off of the mine lease as instructed by land-ownership of the government, but to do so with some funding to allow them to relocate, or purchase new lands. The Crop Benefit was provided to purchase crops from the farmers that had not yet been harvested, or that were allowed to be harvested early and used for livestock feed. Peaceful resettlement occurred. Tebinkan farmers and villagers agreed to the packages offered and they moved willingly from the lease areas, taking with them their crops as an added bonus.
Although MYTCL is only the Operator of the Project, and not responsible for the land compensation and is legally not responsible for land issues, the Corporate Culture of the MYTCL Company is to assist in any way possible the surrounding communities. Incorporating CSR with CSD is the first stages of community reinforcement, and the foundations of the MYTCL Good Neighbours Policy.
Community & Social Development
In 2015-16 the budget for the Tebinkan Village was elevated to provide the first stage development of attaining water resources from the Yama Stream, located approximately 4kms away from the village. $30,000 USD had been assigned to this primary development and the Ministry of Water Resources with the Regional Government would assist in the management of the project. As this project is quite complex, MYTCL agreed to work in conjunction with several areas of government. Despite all of the planning the project came to an abrupt halt as the Tebinkan Village changed its mind about retrieving water from the Yama Stream. Instead they demanded that the water come from the Chindwin, located nearly 11kms away.
In 2016-17 the village had shed itself of radical thinking and objectives and requested that a Reservoir extension with pipelines and so forth be included within the annual budget, which would occur over a 2-year fiscal range. A budget of $85,500 USD was set aside for the completion of this project.