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Cooperative relations between the Philippines and Japan in the mining industry



A fine day Friday, the 54th Philippine Mining Club Luncheon is back at the Manila Polo Club in McKinley, Makati City. The Luncheon was attended by guests from different mining companies, organizations, and other sectors continuously supporting the Philippine Mining Club.


Also in attendance were the marketing partners, one of which is new, the Philippine Youth Association for Responsible Mining and Natural Resources or known as YAMAN Philippines. Mining Engineering students from the University of the Philippines – Diliman were also present that day. Some notable individuals were also present during the 54th Luncheon; Director Wilfredo Moncano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, CEO and Chairman Mr. Gerard Brimo of Nickel Asia Corporation, and South African Ambassador to the Philippines, H. E. Bartinah Ntombizodwa Radebe-Netshitenzhe.


The event started past twelve noon with an introduction from Mr. Kevin Lewis, General Manager of the Philippine Mining Club. Mr. Lewis mentioned all the Sponsors and Partners of the Club and was grateful to all the guests present. Mr. Lewis introduced the emcee for that day, Atty. Patricia Bunye. Atty. Bunye acknowledged the presence of ten lucky students; five coming from the University of the Philippines, three from Adamson University, and two from Mapua University. The students from Adamson and Mapua also represents YAMAN Philippines, an affiliate partner of PMC. This is a big opportunity for the students to experience a professional networking forum bringing industries together and mingle with the guests who might be their future employer.


Mr. Joey Nelson Ayson from the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association gave an

industry update such as tenement statistics, DENR-MGB staff movement, MICC second audit, and others. The Philippine Mining and Exploration Association represents the mineral exploration industry including local companies and investors. His presentation was followed by the Stock Market Speaker, Mr. Alexander Gilles. Mr. Gilles gave the guests of PMC a stock watch. Mr. Gilles is a regular lecturer at seminars of the Philippine Stock Exchange. He works as consultant for market education, at First Metro Securities. He explains to newcomers, how to get started in stock markets and mutual funds.

The highlight of the 54th Luncheon is the presentation of Mr. Koji Hirai, Director of Planning Division – Metals Environment Management Department of the Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals

National Corporation (JOGMEC). He presented JOGMEC’s activities and cooperative relations between the Philippines and Japan in the mining industry. On August 16,

2019, The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed today the

Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan to promote cooperation in the mining and mineral resources sector.


The MOC signing was followed by the signing of the MOU between the MGB and JOGMEC. The MOU states the terms of the cooperation or commitments between the two agencies for the conduct of mine rehabilitation training. The training, to be provided by JOGMEC, is slated to be conducted in two batches in October 2019 and January 2020. Mr. Hirai’s presentation was followed and ended by a q & a. At the end of the event, networking starts and students grabbed this opportunity to talk to some of the guests. Students had a chance to talk with Mr. Hirai from JOGMEC and Mr. Alexander Gilles as well.


We in YAMAN Philippines are grateful to PMC for accepting us as an affiliate partner.

We are so glad to have this chance and we are very excited about the partnership. This will surely open a lot for doors to the students especially the members of YAMAN Philippines.

The next PMC Luncheon will be on April 3rd at Turf Room, Manila Polo Club.


Article courtesy of YAMAN: https://www.facebook.com/yamanphilippines/

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