Orla strives to actively engage and maintain a positive relationship with our local communities based on open and honest communication and mutual respect.
At the Camino Rojo Project, through agreements signed with the ejidos of San Tiburcio, El Berrendo and San Francisco de los Quijano, we provide social support, scholarships, and food to the local communities. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided emergency food and personal protective equipment to local communities along with educational material on how to prevent the transmission of the virus. Our COVID-19 related support has been in partnership and collaboration with the local health authorities. We have also developed a community and social relations program in addition to the requirements under the ejido agreements. We have a full-time community relations team for the Camino Rojo Project.
We contracted an external expert consultant to conduct an independent assessment of social and community impacts of the development of the Camino Rojo Project, and to provide guidance on actions and policies needed to ensure that we obtain and maintain our social license to operate. Key community concerns were related to community employment and development, environmental contamination, water shortages, increased community populations, and local infrastructure. The results of this assessment are being incorporated into the project development and permitting plans and we have developed a Social Management System to mitigate key community-related risks.
In Panama at the Cerro Quema Project, we support the local communities of Tonosi and Macaracas by providing medical equipment, access to water, and by providing social and education support. We have a community and social relations program to receive and document community requests, concerns and resolutions.
For additional examples of ways we have supported local communities, see Overview of the Camino Rojo Project.