Spearheaded by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association officials led by its President Walter W. Brown and partners from the Department of Environment and Natural resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau(DENR-MGB), the 4-day event kicks off on Tuesday(Nov. 19) at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center with a Eucharistic celebration.
It will be followed by the opening of the 3-day Mining Exhibit which features the good practices of the mining companies, mining equipment and the latest mining technologies as well as the local produce of livelihood projects and programs from the mining communities.
At 3:00 PM, the DIWATA –Women in Resource Development Inc. in partnership with the city government of Baguio will have a ceremonial planting of bougainvillea at the Burnham Park led by Diwata Chairwoman Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert and Mayor Benjamin Magalong and wife, Arlene.
A press conference by the PMSEA and MGB officials follows at the Baguio Country Club to discuss the events and activities of this year’s conference.
On Nov. 20 will be the 5th Yaman PH Students Congress to be held simultaneously with the 7th Community Relations Officers (COMREL) Conference at the CAP John Hay Cultural and Trade Center.
There will also be a sports fest for the other participants at the various venues in the city. Winners will be recognized in the awarding ceremonies and the Mining Night at the Manor Garden.
On Nov. 21, the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) with the PMSEA will host the Mineral Industry Symposium where the challenges and best practices on the mining industry and other related fields will be presented to the sector.
On Nov. 22, the MGB and the PMSEA will spearhead the Mineral Industry activities which kick off with a parade from Upper Session Road to the Melvin Jones grounds for the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Competition to be participated by miners from all over the country.
The week-long events will be capped with the Testimonial Dinner and Awards Night at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center. Winners of the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award for Best Mining Practices in the Country, Best Mining Forest contest, safest mines awards, and best mines personalities will be recognized.
Baguio City Councilor Michael Lawana said that the city government has declared November 19 to 22, 2019 as the 66th Annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference Week in the city. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis