In photo (L-R): NCIP Chairperson Jennifer Sibug-Las, Consul General of the Philippines in Toronto Angelica Escalona, and BOI-IDS Executive Director Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa
In photo (L-R): NCIP Chairperson Jennifer Sibug-Las, Consul General of the Philippines in Toronto Angelica Escalona, and BOI-IDS Executive Director Ma. Corazon Halili-DichosaBOI photo

BOI boosts PH’s role as green metals hub

Toronto, Canada —The Board of Investments (BOI) showcased the Philippines' strategic positioning as a regional hub for innovation- and sustainability-driven industries, particularly in the green metals and mineral processing sector, during a roundtable discussion at the sidelines of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (Pdac) 2024 conference.

Pdac 2024, the world's premier mineral exploration and mining convention, provided an ideal platform for the government to highlight its commitment to aligning with the global transition to clean energy technologies. With its strategic location and abundant human and natural resources, the country aims to emerge as the preferred destination for priority sectors such as electric vehicles (EVs), smart manufacturing, semiconductors and electronics, green metals, high-tech agriculture, renewable energy (RE), and data centers/telecoms.

During the roundtable, the Philippine business delegation presented to ten companies (10) and highlighted the critical role of minerals in the global energy transition, emphasizing the country’s rich endowment of mineral resources. With approximately nine (9) million hectares of mineral potential, the country boasts large deposits of copper, nickel, iron, chromite, cobalt, gold, and rare earth elements.

"Our intention right now is to have our minerals processed locally to supply local industry needs or export higher value materials. Let me stress that we remain committed to support the global energy transition but with the clearer goal of getting more economic value from our minerals. Please join us and together, let’s make it happen in the Philippines." BOI Executive Director for Industry Development Services (IDS) Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa said.

In support of investments and business growth, the government has implemented measures to create a conducive environment for industry players and emphasized its commitment to market-based promotion strategies and partnerships with international stakeholders to enhance the country's role in the global supply chain for critical minerals. Policy developments include the lifting of the ban on new mineral agreements and open pit mining, the provision of fiscal incentives, and streamlined processes for ease of doing business, among others. The government also underscored the Philippines’ role as a reliable global supplier of metals and mineral products.

Furthermore, presentations from the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP) and the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) highlighted investment opportunities in three (3) major copper-gold projects in the country, namely King-king, Tampakan, and Silangan. Moreover, the significance of Philippine nickel in the global supply chains for clean energy technologies was emphasized.

Consul General Angelica Escalona expressed optimism on the opportunity to strengthen economic cooperation between the Philippines and Canada, stating, "It is an opportune time to see how we can further strengthen our partnership. Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is a promising platform to deepen economic cooperation between the Philippines and Canada."

At the meeting, BOI and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) and Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), together with representatives from the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), COMP, and PNIA reiterated the country’s commitment to supporting the global energy transition while maximizing economic value from the Philippines' abundant mineral resources. PR

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