After a four-year hiatus, the metallic mineral resource industry's leading stakeholders are set to reconvene for the highly anticipated Mining Philippines 2023 International Conference and Exhibition. Slated on September 19-20, 2023 at the Edsa Shangri La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, the event is expected to reignite discussions on the future of the minerals development industry.
With the theme "Seeing Green: Shaping a Sustainable Minerals Development Industry," the conference will bring together a diverse assembly of participants, including government officials, private sector representatives, academics, indigenous communities, and mining host communities. Their collective objective: to chart a path towards maximizing the potential of the mining sector while addressing market dynamics, industry trends, internal capabilities, environmental concerns, and economic impacts. Collaboration among these stakeholders will be a key focus, with emphasis on the need for a holistic and sustainable approach to mining operations.
The conference's opening ceremony on September 19 will feature a keynote address by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga. Canadian Ambassador David Hartman and Australian Ambassador Hae Kyong Yu, representing two of the world’s biggest mining jurisdictions, for their part, are expected to provide insights on the importance of mining to socio-economic development and their countries’ close relationship with the Philippines, particularly in improving mining’s ESG performance.
Meanwhile, Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual will likely discuss his department’s initiatives to attract investments in the mining sector. DENR Undersecretary Annaliza Rebuelta-Teh is expected to focus her presentation on strategies for measuring and mitigating the impacts of mining, ensuring a sustainable and responsible approach to mineral extraction.
Organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), the two-day event will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices within the mining industry.
"If allowed to flourish, mining will bring about improvement in the quality of life in host communities,” says Michael Toledo, COMP chairman. “A robust mining industry will undoubtedly help our country overcome the lingering economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are in a good position to contribute in a big way to the global energy transition in response to climate change, and we look forward to discussions on this subject during this conference.”
COMP vice chairman Gerard Brimo, on the other hand, underscored the industry's commitment to sustainability: "We've embraced the principles of ESG for more than a decade now. Our adoption of the Towards Sustainable Mining initiative manifests our commitment to further align the environmental protection and social development efforts of our members with global standards.”
On September 20, the sessions – to be headlined by Manny Pangilinan, chairman of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and of Philex Mining Corporation – will be directed on such topics as ESG, strategic communication, and fiscal mining policy.
This article is a press release of Chamber of Mines of the Philippines
Sept. 17, 2023
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