The Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers, Inc. (MAEM) in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXI (MGB RXI) and Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) will hold its 21st Annual Mining Symposium and Exhibits on June 11 to 13, 2015 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City. The theme for the symposium this year, recognizing the need to address pressing problems on energy and mining, is “Overcoming adversities in energy and mineral development through responsible mining”. Some of the speakers invited are from the Department of Energy and topics include Mindanao Power Situation, Policies Governing Renewable Energy Resource Development in the Philippines and Coal operating Contract. Activities set for the first day, among others, include tree planting in Davao City Airport, golf tournament at the Rancho Palos Verdes, ecotour in Tamayong Prayer Mountain and cocktails night at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.
MGB RXI to conduct consultative assembly on revised implementing rules and regulations of people’s small-scale mining act
The Mines will be conducting a consultative assembly on the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 7076 otherwise known as the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991 to all Provincial/City Mining Regulatory Board (P/CMRB) Members in the region this coming Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Pinnacle Hotel, Sta. Ana Ave., Davao City. Under the said revised implementing rules and regulations, no small-scale mining operations will be undertaken outside a Minahang Bayan and that no individuals shall be allowed to operate without a small-scale mining contract. Under the same policy, requirements to enter into small-scale mining contract include, among others: submission of accomplished and notarized application form, payment of Php 10t application fee for non-metallic minerals, and Php20t for gold, silver and chromite, copy of small-scale miners license, location map and sketch plan of the proposed small-scale mining contract area.
The Holcim Philippines-Davao Plant in Davao City recently submitted its 2015 Annual Environment Protection Enhancement Program (AEPEP). This document is a yearly requirement to monitor the company’s compliance to environmental protection provisions stated in RA 7942, otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995. An Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) refers to a yearly environmental management work plan based on the approved environmental protection and enhancement strategy. For this year, total operating expenses for EPEP amounts to Php3.2 million. Among the control strategies stated in the company’s AEPEP include, among others, progressive rehabilitation, where mined out areas are rehabilitated and restored to original state and irregular contours are smoothened and covered with topsoil to enable growth of trees and other vegetation during reforestation. Other environmental activities being regularly conducted include: siltation control, installation of siltation pond, desilting of siltation pond, maintenance of discharge filters, flood control, inspection of drainage systems, maintenance of quarry roads/dedusting and pollution control (e.g. Ambient Air Monitoring, water sampling, noise monitoring, rain gauge monitoring and oil trap maintenance).