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Filipino miners top Asean Mineral Awards
Two mining companies operating in the Philippines received accolades during the 17th Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals held at the M Gallery Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Manila Standard reported.
Rio Tuba, a nickel mining operation in Bataraza, Palawan operated by Nickel Asia, gained the Asean Mineral Award for Mining while the OceanaGold’s Didipio Gold-Copper mine, operating between Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya provinces, grabbed the Asean Mineral Award for Processing.
Nickel Asia’s Jose Anievas, chief operating officer, and OceanaGold’s Jose Leviste Jr, Chairman of the Board, were present to receive the awards.
Other OceanaGold officials present in the awards were Didipio operations manager David Way, senior metallurgist Hilbert Cardenas and community relations manager Nericel Langres.
The RioTuba Mines made it to the top 3 finalists for Metallic Mines Category, while the processing plant in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, by Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. made it to top 3 finalists for Processing Plant Category.
NAC President and CEO Gerard H. Brimo said he was confident the two companies would bring home the top awards.
Brimo is concurrent chairman of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, a group that represents mining industry’s big players in the Philippines.
Each Asean country has to nominate the best metallic mines, the best nonmetallic mines, and Rio Tuba Mines and Oceana Gold made it as three finalists, Brimo added.
“In Myanmar, this week, we will have a final presentation,” he said before the event.
According to Brimo, the awards will prove to the world that the country’s mines are world-class.
“This is the first time that Asean countries have come together to launch this kind of award. This is a big deal. This is Asean. We are going beyond our shores,” he said. “Even if we landed only second, it proves that we have the best vmines in the world.”
According to Brimo, by having companies as finalists “only proves the Philippines can compete with other world-class mines in other countries.”
Last month, the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association held the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference and the prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award in Baguio City.