DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 14, 2011) – The Coalition for Responsible Mining in Mindanao has conducted Thursday a seminar on fundamentals of minerals development in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province in the southern Philippines.
Various groups, from local government units to religious organizations, including the business sectors attended the seminar which aims to bridge the information gap between the mining industry and its stakeholders in Mindanao and to engender better understanding and cooperation between and among the industry players and other sectors in the community.
The official Philippine Information Agency said the seminar was supported by the University of the Philippines-Department of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Western Mindanao and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Mindanao.
The seminar on fundamentals of minerals development, which is an abridged version of Mining 101 course, tackled many topics that included industrial development in first world countries, uses of minerals and metals in daily lives, the Philippines’ mineral endowment, relevant provisions of Mining Act of 1995, mining and metallurgy, benefits in mining and environmental management and protection, among others.
The organizers invited speakers from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association, TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc., Philex Gold Phils., Inc. and community leaders from mining sites in Zamboanga del Norte where TVI and Philex Gold Phils are operating.
The Coalition for Responsible Mining in Mindanao is composed mostly of mining firms operating in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner, Philippine Information Agency)