AusIMM, PMEA sign MOU to expand ties

By on August 25, 2017

By Jimbo Gulle

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association (PMEA) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will help its members get important accreditation for jobs in both Australia and the Philippines.

The MOU, signed by AusIMM president Colin Moorhead and PMEA president Joey Nelson Ayson, is a six-point plan that expands the partnership of the groups and advances “consistent and good practice mining industry practices and standards between Australasia and the Philippines.”

In particular, AusIMM will exchange information with PMEA on procedures for the AusIMM Chartered Professional accreditation, which ensures a worker’s competence for geology, geotechnical, mining engineering, metallurgy, environmental, and management positions.

In turn, PMEA will help AusIMM in relation to procedures for Competent Persons in the Philippines, a credential required by the Department of Labor and Employment and other government agencies for local and foreign professionals working in the country.

PMEA will also support AusIMM in understanding the requirements of the Philippine Mineral Reporting Code (PMRC) as they might be applied by AusIMM members.

The AusIMM then supports PMEA in understanding the requirements of the Australian Joint Ore Reserves Committee Code (JORC) as they might be applied by PMEA members.

AusIMM and PMEA agree to work together for the mutual benefit and the betterment of understanding between members of both organizations” and “to develop community confidence in the professionalism of the members of our organizations,” the MOU reads.

Founded in 1893, AusIMM is a learned professional institute and the preeminent institute for minerals professionals of all disciplines throughout Australia and New Zealand. AusIMM has members who live and work around the world.

PMEA is a non-stock, non-profit entity organized and managed by its membership for the express purpose of providing effective and responsible representation of the mineral exploration and resources development sectors in the Philippines.

PMEA is an affiliate member of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and is represented on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

In signing the MOU, the groups “recognize the long history of mining in Australasia, the enormous mining potential of the Philippines, and the considerable advantage of having consistent and good practice mining industry practices and standards between Australasia and the Philippines.”

They said both organizations “have consistent goals to boost minerals professionalism through their resource and reserve estimation and reporting standards, membership qualifications and standards, and code of ethics.”

With acknowledgement and respect of the laws and regulations of Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines, the MOU binds both parties to “agree to work together for the mutual benefit and the betterment of understanding between members of both organizations” and to develop community confidence in the professionalism of the members both bodies.

AusIMM and PMEA agree “that there will be reciprocal exchange of information and recognition concerning the standing of each other’s members, upon written request of each organization to the other, to the extent permitted by law and/or regulation.”

The groups will also exchange knowledge and information “for both organizations’ members to assist in the implementation of programs that benefit members and increase their professional knowledge.”

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