Mines safety conference opens today

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Celebrations for the 59th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) open today, Tuesday.

PMSEA president Louie Sarmiento said the theme of the four-day conference “Responsible Mining: Our Advocacy, our commitment,” will focus on the industry’s best practices.

To open the day, PMSEA member, Monark Equipment, will lead the planting of 25,000 Kalinga Orange trees at Twin Peaks in Tuba to mark its silver jubilee.

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A cleaning and rehabilitation of the Norfolk Pine Tree at the foot of Session Road will also start. The tree will be ridden of nails and be washed down aiming to allow the tree to breathe.

Sarmiento said PMSEA will have an afternoon press conference at the Botanical Garden within the 1,000-square meter showcase of endemic plants and trees at the Botanical Garden which it adopted in an agreement with the City Government in 2010.

An estimated 700 delegates from all over the country is converging here this year for the annual conference.

PMSEA has so far invested P500,000 in rehabilitating the 1,500-square meter area at a portion of Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road which they have adopted as part of the national greening program.

Also lined up are sports events, exhibits, safety demonstrations, parade, conference proper culminating in a testimonial dinner.

The opening of the annual Mining Exhibit at the Garden Wing of the CAP-Camp John Hay convention center is set to display the industry’s best.

South African Deputy Minister of Minerals Godfrey Oliphant is set to join festivities as well as be keynote speaker of the four day mining week accompanied by Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso.

South Africa has a stake in the province with the entry of Goldfields Philippines in Mankayan town, however the company is in the thick of acquiring community acceptance for their mining project with Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 13, 2012.

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