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PORTAL: Feature - 2015 Volume 4 No. 4 4TH QUARTER ISSUE
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MINING PHILIPPINES 2015
by SOTERIA ARIZA | photos by CHAMBER OF MINES OF THE PHILIPPINES



15 September 2015 – The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP) opened the doors of its annual and premier mining industry event, the 2015 Mining Philippines Conference and Exhibition held at Solaire Resort and Casino. Now on its 17th year, this three-day event’s theme, “Building from the Ground Up: The Role of Mining in Global Development” showcased the global trends affecting investments in mining, the Asia-Pacific investment environment for mining, and developments in the Philippine Mining Industry.

The conference began with the opening of exhibits and welcome remarks from the CoMP President, Mr. Benjamin Philip Romualdez. In his speech, Mr. Romualdez expressed that the “last five years have not been very encouraging for the mining industry” given the global economic decline happening in Europe and China, which have been affecting the demand and prices of metal. The impediment of big-ticket mining projects in the Philippines have also resulted to, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), just US$693 million mining investments in 2014; which is significantly lower than the projected US$3 billion. Nevertheless, he told the congregation that “there are forecasts that prices will rise in 2019” and that “the election of new leaders next year should give us some optimism” for it could pave way for the mining industry to have a pragmatic vision and a doable action plan. He then presented the event’s guest of honor, Hon. Sol Matugas, Governor of Surigao del Norte.

In her address, Hon. Matugas expressed her gratitude to the mining industry for their continuing effort and support to various projects in the province embodied in their development agenda H.E.A.L.S (Health; Education and Environment; Agriculture and Aquaculture; Livelihood and Tourism; Spiritual Renewal, Social Services and Security). She also stated that mining has been one of the economic drivers in Surigao del Norte and is part of the sphere that shapes the province’s future. Given such, she then presented the body her three-point agenda: the expansion of the SDMP beyond hosts and neighboring communities, shifting to processing and manufacturing, and automatic retention or direct remittance of the province’s share of mining royalty fees.

In the afternoon, two focused group discussions (FGDs) were conducted. The FGD topics were as follows:




01 •Mr. Benjamin Philip Romualdez during his speech at the 2015 Mining Philippines
02 • Governor Sol Matugas of Surigao del Norte
03 • VP Binay during his speech at the 2015 Mining Philippines


Welcome cocktails filled with groovy music capped off the day. Day two of the conference once again welcomed the Vice President of the Philippines, Honorable Jejomar Binay. In his keynote address, he presented his political agenda such as the continued implementation of the Public-Private Partnership and Conditional Cash Transfer programs. He also stressed that to improve the climate for doing businesses, contracts must be honored and not changed in the middle of the game. He further stated that mining “could be the biggest contributor to the Philippine economy”, and the key driver to industrialization, jobs creation and development of the countryside. VP Binay also said that he is for “promoting environmentally and socially responsible mining” and that “the Binay presidency shall support mining as long as it is done responsibly.”

Mr. Magnus Ericsson, Founder of Raw Materials Group in Sweden and Hon. Rafaelita Aldaba, Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Group of DTI, also gave their respective keynote speeches to the body.

Afternoon of the same day was a plenary session presenting various global mining developments. The complete list of presentors and their pertinent discussions are listed below.


To end the eventful day, a Gala Night Dinner was then provided for all the participants.

Two plenary sessions were conducted during the last day of the conference. Presentations during the morning session were on international and regional cooperation while the afternoon was for the national and local issues. Panelists were composed of representatives from local and international government agencies and private sector. Senators Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Edgardo Angara, Jr. and Hon. Hermogenes Ebdane, Governor of Zambales were also at the conference as members of the panelists.

Below is the list of presentations during the third day of the conference.

Mr. Artemio Disini, Chairman of the CoMP official concluded the conference with his closing remarks and paved the way for the opening of the Farewell Party filled with camaraderie and still buzzing with the learnings from the three-day conference – and with participants looking forward to next year’s Mining Philippines.



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