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MGB R02 participates in 61st annual mining confab

By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan - At least one thousand individuals involved in the mining industry which includes some employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 ( MGB R02) attended the 61st Annual National Mine Safety and Environmental Conference organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) held in Baguio City on November 11-14, 2014.

Bearing the theme: “61 years of Responsible Mining and Nation Building,” the mining conference kicked off with a tree planting at the PMSEA adopted park at the Botanical Garden led by PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento, Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) Chairman and President Felizardo Gacad and PSEM Northern Luzon Chapter President and OIC Regional Director of MGB R02 Mario Ancheta.

 The Mining Exhibit was opened last November 12, 2014 with a ribbon cutting led by Engr. Sarmiento at the CAP-John Hay Convention Center Garden Wing at 8:30 in the morning.

After the opening of the Mining Exhibit, 2nd Community Relations (COMREL) Conference at the Main Hall followed and participated in by PMSEA and PSEM officials, heads and representatives of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), MGB and representatives of the different mining companies in the country.

Meanwhile, the Mineral Industry Symposium was also held at the CAP-John Hay Convention Center on the following day with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan as the guest speaker.

One of the highlights of the said event is the Mineral Industry Parade where the delegates filled the Bagiuo City’s main thoroughfares at 7:00 in the morning with the Mineral Industry Parade from Session Road to Burnham Park where the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competitions were conducted.

The event was closed with a Testimonial Dinner and Annual Awards Night at CAP- John Hay Convention Center where mining companies were awarded for their best practices in the mining industry.

Philex Mining Corporation Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan served as the guest speaker during the awards night.