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Bahay ng Minero

The Philippine Society of Mining Engineers, Inc. (PSEM), the accredited professional organization of mining engineers in the Philippines, will be holding its 6th Mining Engineers’ Convention (MinECon2020) on June 10-12, 2020 at the Legazpi City Convention Center in Legazpi City, Albay. The theme for MinECon2020 is "Minerals: Building Blocks to a Cleaner Environment."This year's event will showcase leading practices in mining engineering through a 3 days mining exhibit and the MinECon2020 symposium aimed at engaging relevant discussions on mining technology and geosciences.

MinECon2020 will raise funds for the completion of the first ever "Bahay ng Minero," a three-storey building that will house the national headquarters of the PSEM. Under a USUFRUCT agreement with the City of Legazpi, through the benevolence of the Honorable Mayor Noel E. Rosal and the Sangguniang Bayan, the structure in the 104 square meters lot is now 40% complete (as of February 8, 2020). The "Bahay ng Minero" will be inaugurated during the MinECon2020. A usufruct is a legal right accorded to a person or party that confers the temporary right to use and derive income or benefit from someone else's property. It is a limited real right that can be found in many mixed and civil law jurisdictions. A usufructuary is the person holding the property by usufruct.

The Bahay ng Minero project was conceptualized during the term of Engr. Ceasar I. Lao-as (PSEM National President, CY2012-2014). A substantial amount was raised during the term of Engr. Zards Gacad (National President, CY2014-2016) and Engr. Rolly E. Rosal (Bicol Chapter President, CY2014-2016) which was sustained by Engr. Arman Malicse (National President, CY2016-2018) and current National President, Engr. Roger De Dios (CY2018-2020). The total project cost is PhP 5.3 Million with the National Board and Bicol Chapter providing PhP 1 Million each. The PSEM Chapters, together with Filminera Resources Corporation and Good Found Cement Corporation also substantially contributed to the funds for the construction.

MinECon2020 will feature a raffle draw to raise additional funds for the completion and maintenance of the Bahay ng Minero. The grand prize for the raffle is a brand new car with tickets pegged at PhP 200.00 each. Donors are still welcome and may get in touch with the PSEM through email at minecon2020@gmail.com. Registration for the event will be PhP 3,500.00 (private companies) and PhP 2,000.00 (government workers).

MinECon2020 is hosted by PSEM Bicol Chapter with Philippines Resources Journal as Media Partner.

Photos showing officers from the PSEM National Board visiting the construction site of the Bahay ng Minero after its February 8, 2020 Regular Board meeting in Legazpi City. Present during the site inspection were Roger De Dios – President; Art Ranin – Vice President, Zards Gacad, Secretary, Jun Valeroso – Treasurer, Roel Collado – President Northern Luzon Chapter; Richelle Ann Taguba-Aranas – President Central Luzon Chapter; Loi Castillo – Director Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers (MAEM); Arman Malicse – Immediate Past President; Hon. Raul Rosal, Board Member Albay Province, and Chris Oropesa – Director Bicol Chapter.


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