59th Mine Safety Week opens

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


A WEEK dedicated to the mining industry is set anew in the mountain haven.

Baguio City will play host to the 58th annual national mine safety and environment conference slated on November 8 to 11, gathering mining stakeholders and agencies with this year’s theme “Responsible Mining: Enabling a Better Future.”

Activities kick off with a tree planting activity on November 8 at the Botanical Garden area adopted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).

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Months ago Louie Sarmiento, president of PMSEA, said a garden haven is to rise at the Botanical Garden when the association invested P500,000 in rehabilitating the 1,500 square meter patch.

The five-year development started for the PMSEA in the area batting to fill it with endemic plants from the country with expert George Mendoza, propagating the species in the garden.

Sporting activities follow with participants competing in the name of camaraderie in badminton, golf, bowling and lawn tennis. Awarding for these events is set on the 9th at the Amphitheater of Camp John Hay.

On November 10, the anticipated opening of Mining Exhibit at the Garden Wing of the CAP-Camp John Hay Convention Center is set to display the industry’s best.

Last year Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Mayorga graced the annual conference and shared the success story of their celebrated rescue of 33 miners after being trapped some six hundred meters under a collapsed copper-gold site in Copiapo for sixty-nine days.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 27, 2011.

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