Coming together for transparency in mining
PH-EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group visits Rio Tuba Nickel Mine
December 9, 2013
"We thought it would be a great way to move the Philippines' Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative forward by bringing all the stakeholders to an actual mine site. I was pretty confident that Rio Tuba Nickel would create the right impression, considering our many social and environmental protection programs.” said Jerry Brimo, President of Nickel Asia Corp., as he strode forward to greet the first of many environmental activists, miners, and officials from the Philippines-Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) that flew down to Bataraza, Palawan last week for the 9th PH-EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) meeting.
The PH-EITI MSG convened in Bataraza to hold its 9th PH-EITI MSG meeting and visit Rio Tuba Nickel’s mining operation in Southern Palawan. The MSG meetings are geared towards publishing the country’s first transparency report showing how much revenues have been paid by the mining industry and how these were disbursed by government. The event was hosted by Nickel Asia Corporation.
Statement of the Chamber of Mines in PBEST
November 26, 2013
The Chamber of Mines, on behalf of the Mining Industry, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST) for spearheading a timely and worthy cause – the care and protection of our environment.
We share your vision of concerted environmental concerns.
We shall join your raised voices in condemning ruthless practices that render our environment impoverished and useless.
We shall relentlessly pursue through effective communicaltions, the enlightenment of minds of those who continuously find fault in the negative aspects of the industry.
We seek to spread an understanding of the great benefits of responsible mining redounding in empowerment of local communities and with its multiplier effect increase employment and eventually reduce poverty.
We shall responsibly and continuously seek ways and means to responsibly secure nature’s resources that will help our fellow Filipinos and our Country, the Philippines.
Your acronym says it best… Let’s move forward and do what is BEST for our Country.
COMP Mining Companies Send Help to Provinces Hit by Yolanda
November 15, 2013
Like their efforts in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that hit Bohol last month, member companies of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) have banded together to send aid to the areas worst hit by Typhoon Yolanda, which cut through the country’s midsection last week.
The Chamber and most of its members have made various cash donations as well as food, water, clothing, medicines and other necessities to the various relief efforts focused on the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Iloilo, Palawan and other areas severely affected by the super storm known internationally as Haiyan.
After Bohol, miners come
to Tacloban's aid in wake of
November 11, 2013
Teams from members of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) arrived early Monday (November 11) in Tacloban City to assist in relief operations in the capital of Leyte province battered by super typhoon Yolanda, barely a month after helping in search and rescue operations in Bohol and the Visayas that was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
Meanwhile, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) President Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez – a native of Tacloban – said Leyte was “devastated by the worst storm ever in the world” and called on the public to help rebuild the city, the province and all areas affected by what he said was “the Philippines’ worst calamity.
November 12, 2013
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is coordinating with the Dona Remedios Trinidad-Romualdez Medical Foundation Inc. (RTRMFI) to bring aid to the people of Tacloban City.
If you and your company would like to help in the relief mission, the fastest way is to deposit cash donations to the foundation’s account:
BDO Account Name: Dona Remedios Trinidad-Romualdez Medical Foundation Inc.
Account Number: 000040787362
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
To keep track of your donations, please send details of your deposit (depositor's name, amount deposited, and deposit date) firstname.lastname@example.org and/or +639178980885. A receipt will be issued for every donation.
For donations of food, clothing, basic necessities, these may be delivered to the Benguet Corporation warehouse (where the Makati City relief station is also based)--Valenzuela covered court, Tanay corner Horminga Streets, Brgy Valenzuela, Makati City. We suggest that all donations be boxed and ready for shipping (tagged: MISSION TACLOBAN). For details, call Yoki 09354625888 or Rachel 09178327898.
The foundation is also in need of male doctors and nurses to be deployed to Tacloban City where the RTR Hospital is located. Interested volunteers should contact +639178980885 or email email@example.com for details.
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Working with Nature: Mining & Biodiversity
The theme for this year’s photo contest is “WORKING WITH NATURE: Mining and Biodiversity” – photographs showing activities, events, objects, or scenery illustrating that mining and biodiversity can co-exist in protecting and enhancing the environment, and showing that productive and sustainable co-existence takes place in the mining areas’ environment; photographs that tell us what responsible mining is and provide a sense of what it is like to live in an area where mining companies operate.
In a motion filed in June 19, 2013 with the Supreme Court, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) -- represented by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza -- is asking the high tribunal’s permission to intervene in two petitions again challenging the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995.