PMSEA bares mine safety and environment awardees

MANILA, Philippines - Two member firms of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) received the most prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry and Environmental Award (PMIEA) from the PMSEA during the recent 57th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in Baguio City -- Sagittarius Mines, Inc., and Holcim Phils., Inc. (Davao Plant) for the mineral exploration and quarry categories, respectively.

PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento said the record-breaking number of attendees and achievements in the mineral industry's grandest event this year was a "clear sign of the mineral industry's strong commitment to achieve, beyond compliance, the highest level of standards in the field of occupational safety, health, environment and social advancement."

The Presidential Mineral Industry Awards, established through Executive Order No. 399 of February, 1997, were presented to companies with exemplary performance in environmental management, safety and health, and social development and management programs. as evaluated by an eight-member selection committee from the government and the private sector.

Platinum awards were presented to: MRL Gold Phils., Inc., and FCF Minerals Corp. for mineral exploration; Nickel Asia Corp./Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp., Nickel Asia Corp./Cagdianao Mining Corp., and TVI Resource Dev. Phils., Inc., for surface mining; Holcim Phils. Mnfg. Corp., Holcim Phils. Inc. (Bulacan Plant), and Holcim Phils. Inc. (La Union Plant), for quarry; and Coral Bay Nickel Corp., for mineral processing. Titanium awards went to: Batong Angono Aggregates Corp., for quarry; and Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc., for durface mining.

Safest Mines Awards were presented to: Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc., for surface operation, Holcim Phils., Inc. (Davao Plant), for cement plant operation, Batong Angono Aggregates Corp., for quarry operation; MRL Gold Phils., Inc., for exploration (category A); Sagittarius Mines, Inc., for exploration (category B); Apo Cement Corp., for mineral processing (cement category); Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc., for mineral processing (concentrator category); Apex Mining Corp., for mineral processing (extraction category); and Philippine Mining Service Corp., for mineral processing (crushing plant category).

Rapu-Rapu Minerals, Inc. was also cited, for Safest Mining Operation; and Holcim Phils. Inc. (Davao Plant), for Most Improved Safety Performance.

Awardees for the best Mining Forest Program were: Carmen Copper Corp., metallic category' Holcim Phils. Mnfg. Corp., non-metallic category; and Sagittarius Mines, Inc., exploration category.

PMSEA's Ang Minero Award was conferred on former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Horacio Ramos in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the upliftment of the Philippine mining industry. A message from President Benigno Aquino III supporting the country's mineral industry was delivered by DENR Secretary Mon Paje during the conference.

Sponsors and donors to the conference included Philex Mining Corp., Holcim Philippines, Inc., and Nickel Asia Corp., diamond sponsors; Sagittarius Mines, Inc., Rapu-Rapu Minerals/Processing, Inc., Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp./Carmen Copper Corp., Filminera Resources Corp., La Farge Semento, Philsaga Mining Corp., Marc Ventures and Mining Development Corp., Petron, Coral Bay Nickel Corp., and Agusan Mining, gold sponsors; Orica Philippines, Inc., Apex Mining Co., Greenstone Resources Corp., TVI Resources Development (Phils), Inc., Minahan Resources, Inc., and Cenex, silver sponsors; and Teresa Marble Corp., Oceana Gold Philippines, Inc., Civic Merchandizing, Inc., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Rapid City Realty and Development Corp., and Carrascal Nickel Corp., bronze sponsors.

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