Saturday, November 21, 2009

The 56th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Conference

Baguio City is indeed one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines, famous for its cool weather, different destinations, and the ever-popular pine trees. It is also one of the more prominent sites of the mining industry in the country.

Highlighting both the tourism and industrial potentials of the city, the 56th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Conference was held in Baguio last Nov. 11–14, with the theme “Responsible Mining for a Strong Republic.”

The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) organized the event, led by Mr. Louie Sarmiento, president of the PMSEA.

The four-day conference aimed to keep all stakeholders of the mining industry abreast of the issues and concerns of mining activities, including their contributions to socio-economic development.

The conference also had different activities, including a press conference, sports events for the participants, a mining exhibit and parade, a symposium and mining safety field demonstration/competition, a testimonial dinner, and the annual awards night.

The PMSEA also hosted a tree planting activity and installed a marker in commemoration of Baguio’s 100th year and also as a symbol of PMSEA’s commitment to sponsor the rehabilitation of Baguio’s iconic pine tree along Harrison Plaza.

Mr. Laureano Lingan, Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director for Cagayan Valley and chairman of the Regional Mines Development Council was also in attendance, and (then President) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also graced the testimonial dinner.


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