The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) is recognizing its member-companies that exemplify what is best in the Philippine mining industry. For their best practices in the industry and for their continuing effort to protect the environment, they will receive citations during the Presidential Mineral Industry and Environmental Awards (PMIEA) on November 18.
PMIEA is part of the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference that will take place on November 18 at CAP-John Hay Trade Center and Cultural Center, Camp John Hay, Baguio City. It is led by the Mines and Geoscience Bureau, Philippine Society of Mining Engineers and Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association.
Nelia Halcon, COMP executive vice president, said: “These awardees are leading examples of responsible mining in the country and the world. Despite the challenges that continue to hound the minerals industry, there remain companies which are fully committed to protecting the environment and bettering the communities and the country.”
Halcon, who has served as judge for the awards, said the PMIEA has stringent requirements that include full compliance with environmental policies; establishment of a contingent Liability Fund; an approved Social Management and Development Program; zero fatal accident for the coverage period; and no significant damage to lives and properties as a result of mining operations.
“The pursuit for world class operations, even long before the PMIEA was established, is worth emulating. Their achievements, while deserving of trophies, also entail unwavering commitment to our advocacy of responsible mining,” Halcon stressed.
The award is conferred every year to mining companies which show exemplary practices in safety and health; environmental protection and rehabilitation; and community and social development and management.
According to the selection committee, there are 23 mining companies nationwide that have been shortlisted for this year’s PMIEA, which was established under Executive Order No. 399 on February 03, 1997 in compliance with the policy that mineral exploration and mining operation shall be pro-environment and pro-people.
Of the 23 mining companies, 11 are engaged in surface mining while the rest are involved in quarry operations, mineral exploration and processing.
However, four of those 11 in metallic mineral mining were earlier recommended for suspension by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as part of the mine audit ordered by Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez.