Philippine Mining Awarding Ceremony to Push Through
Baguio City -- During the 2019 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award Night and Testimonial Dinner, CTPCMC received two Platinum Achievement Award for their surface mining operations in the Barangays of Dahican and Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.
In spite of the pandemic, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is set to award the country’s best mining company.
Known as the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA), the awarding ceremony recognizes the best practices in the mining industry, as well as the commitments of factors involved in underground and surface mining operation, mineral exploration, mineral processing, among others. Among the awards to be handed out include the Best Mining Forest Contest and Safety Mines Awards.
The Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the President of Chamber of Mines of the Philippines chair the PMIEA Selection Committee (PMIEASC). Its members include the respective secretaries of the following agencies: Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Department of Science and Technology. Other members include the Presidents of the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the various Selection Committees and MGB opted to continue to give recognition to the private sector’s initiatives and exemplary achievements in the protection of the environment and ecology to further promote private sector participation, enhance public awareness on the protection of the environment and ecology, and contribute to the growth of the economy and improvement in the quality of life of Filipinos,” MGB said.
With the pandemic, the awarding ceremony will be held virtually and is tentatively scheduled for March 2021.
Last year six companies were honoured for their best practice services. These included the Agata Mining Ventures, Inc., Cagdianao Mining Corporation, Holcim Mining and Development Corp., Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc, Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corp., and Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corp. for Mineral Exploration Category.
MGB Director Wilfredo Moncano said these firms served as “good examples” and also challenged others to meet the higher standards in government. “You either mine responsibly or you don’t mine; there is no middle ground,” Moncano said.