The Philippine Mining & Exploration Association, Inc. (PMEA) is a non-stock, non-profit entity organized and managed by its membership for the express purpose of providing effective and responsible representation of the mineral exploration and mineral resources development sectors in the Philippines.
PMEA was originally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in September 1998 as the Philippine Mineral Exploration Association, Inc. Its formation was initiated by the International Mining and Exploration Committee (IMEC), a sub-committee of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines. IMEC had been in existence since the early 1990’s and its membership and focus had been to represent and monitor the interests of foreign mining and exploration companies which were either directly, or indirectly, investing in the Philippines.
With the passage of time and new minerals sector developments, it became clear that a broader organization was necessary to more effectively represent the mineral exploration industry, including local companies and investors. This led to the formation and incorporation of PMEA and the institution of regular monthly meetings at a convenient Makati City venue. More recently, growth in the local minerals industry and the growing membership of the Association, prompted PMEA Members to amend the Association’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws and to adopt the revised name Philippine Mining& Exploration Association, Inc. to better reflect the evolving profile of the Association’s membership. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued its approval for said amendments on November 29, 2011.