The Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers (MAEM) is holding its 21st mining symposium in Davao City on June 11 to 13 to tackle measures that will address the pressing issues on energy and the mining industry in the country.
The symposium organized with the support of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XI and the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) will highlight on ratifying the proposed mining engineering law to amend the old law.
According to MGB XI regional director Edilberto Arreza, the old law needs review because it is already about 55 years old.
Under the theme: Overcoming adversities in energy and mineral development through responsible mining, the organizers have invited speakers from the Department of Energy to tackle the Mindanao Power Situation, Policies Governing Renewable Energy Resource Development in the Philippines and Coal operating Contract; MGB national office to discuss Responsible Mining in the Philippines: New Regulatory Requirements and Ground Implementation of Executive Order 079; Application of Rock Bolting in Open Pit Mine-Laos Copper Mine, Best Available Technology for Tailings Management: A Move to Dry Stacking, Harmonizing Mine Development and Environmental Enhancement, among others.
Aside from the symposium, participants will also hold tree planting at Davao City Airport; golf tournament at the Rancho Palos Verdes; an ecotour in Tamayong Prayer Mountain and cocktails night at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.
The mining engineers have also invited Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to speak on the on the status of the mining industry, the environment and the involvement of the mining industry to economic development of the country. (PNA) CTB/LCM/ldp