In celebration of the 65th year of the Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC), The Philippine Mine and Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB), Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, and Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) conducted its annual gathering in a series of events on last November 20-23, 2018. With the theme “65 years of Responsible Mining Industry and Regulator Together in Promoting and Advocating Responsible Mining”, the said organizations expressed their support to the Philippine Development Plan which sets out priority actions to manage equitable utilization of the nation’s resources.

The yearly activity was packed with activities and events for the mining companies, quarries, cement plants, contractors, professional organizations, government agencies and other mining industry stakeholders.

It commenced with a press conference at the Baguio Country Club on November 20, 2018 at 4 pm and was followed by the Welcome Night at 6 pm. On November 21, a Sports Fest held at different venues in Baguio City was conducted and actively participated by mining stakeholders.

One of the highlights of the ANMSEC is the Minerals Industry Symposium where it was attended by various delegates nationwide. Paper presentations concerning the mineral industry were presented. These include the following:

• Status, Challenges and Directions of the Philippine Mining Industry
• Continuing Professional Development
• The Mining Industry in the Philippines is taking Safety and Environment Performance Seriously. But incidents persist. Where will the next breakthrough come from?
• The Economic Pre-Feasibility Study of Setting-Up an Ironmaking Facility in the Philippines
• Technical Feasibility of Ironmaking Philippine Magnetite Sand
• Multilateral environment agreements and their regulatory implications for the Philippine Mining Industry.
• Didipio-Automation Digital and Process Transformation (ADaPT)
• Managing Rain Induced Slope Failure with Slope Stability Radar: Study Case from Coal Mine Environment
• Utilizing Risk Assessment Approach to Mitigate Inrush Hazard at Didipio-Mine
• Potential of Drone Imagery as a Tool for Water Quality Monitoring in Kayawyawan River, Carrascal Surigao Del Sur
• Acid Rock Drainage Formation and Management at Masbate Gold Project
• Runruno Gold Operation's Application of World First Technology to Ensure Environmental Performance
• Vegetation Assessment of Adlay Mining Project and Dahican Nickel Project in the Municipality of Carrascal, Surigao Del Sur, Philippines
• Diversity and Abundance of Soil Bacteria in the Mining Areas in Dinagat Islands, Philippines
• Survey of Selected Faunal Assemblages in Forest Stands Adjacent Mining Sites in Basilica and Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands, Philippines

Moreover, stakeholders converged in the Mineral Industry Parade on November 23 which started at SM Baguio to Session Road and ended at the Melvin Jones Grandstand. Staff and employees of MGB I actively participated in the said parade.
The Testimonial Dinner/ Annual Awards Night at the CAP-Camp John Hay Trade and Cultural Center was graced by the DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to show his support to the minerals industry.

In his message, he stated that the said gathering shall maintain the communication which is a tool in addressing the various challenges in the mining industry.
“I was very glad of the mining industry’s acceptance of this challenge. It is important that we look back and see what the government and the mining sector have achieved after the (Baguio) declaration”, Cimatu added.
The National Task Force Mining Challenge (NTFMC) was established early this year and was launched in Baguio City on February 2018.
Further, he reiterated that is important to keep track of what the government and the mining sector have accomplished after the said actions. The agreement done stated that responsible mining in the country should, be people-oriented, protect and enhance the environment, strictly adhere mining and environmental laws and regulations, contribute its fair share to the national income, be a world-class, efficient and effective and competitive industry. ###