Mining firms to discuss issues, challenges in three-day confab
A three-day series of talks about mining issues, challenges and opportunities in the local and global scene organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) will kick off on September 10.
COMP said the theme for this year’s conference, “Riding the Wave: Capitalizing on Opportunities,” sets the tone of the annual Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibition, which will gather various stakeholders in the industry.
“It will be an opportune time to hear from government officials, specifically from agencies mandated to manage the country’s environment and natural resources, the challenges and opportunities for growth as a way forward for the Philippine mineral resource industry,” Gerard Brimo, chairman of COMP said in a statement.
The event is expected to gather representatives from the government, private sector, academe, indigenous people and mining host communities to tackle mineral resource development issues, challenges and opportunities in the local and global scene.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Analiza R. Teh, who will represent Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, will keynote the event on the first day of the event.
Participants will be given an update on the “Towards Sustainable Mining Initiative” with Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada as guest and speaker.
The event will explore the government’s way forward for the metallic mineral resource industry and provide a venue for exchanges of ideas and best practices in the mining industry.
“We have an array of topics lined up for this year as we ask ourselves the questions: What is the way forward for the industry? How do we capitalize on the opportunities in the face of the daunting challenges confronting the industry? Answers to all these, hopefully, will be provided by our speakers and resource persons,” Brimo said.