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Investments to make mining sector a safer industry on the rise.

By Madelaine B. Miraflor

Collective investments to make the country's mineral sector a much safer industry have been increasing every year, Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) assured the public.

At the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Safety Conference (ANMSEC), PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento said that over the years, he saw how miners in the country have transformed themselves, investing billions of money for technology and world-class designs that could help them mitigate the risks in their operations.

"The general message is in spite of the challenges of the industry, and we are not a perfect industry, we are focused and committed to not only advocate responsible mining but to practice it on the ground," Sarmiento said.

He said that because of the technology, experience, and how mine sites are now being designed, companies now know how to mitigate the risks such as landslide and flooding in their operations.

"They are really spending a lot. Right now, miners are now very much capable of ensuring the safety within the industry," Sarmiento said.

Moving forward, he said that he expects more miners in the country to step up their operations by tapping the right technology and improving their designs to beyond comply even with global mining standards and guidelines.

"I know Filipinos can do it," he further said.

The PMSEA chief also assured that mining firms in the Philippines have already gained the expertise of dealing with potential risks of open-pit mining as a method to extract minerals in the country.

"The companies that are really responsible, they know when to stop their operations when something happens. They sit down with their safety committee together with representatives from the local government unit and the community. For a responsible mining company, when you say self-regulation, even before the regulator comes in they already know what to do," Sarmiento said.

"I think a lot of mining of companies in the Philippines are already doing the right way. Based on my experience, I saw that more and more companies are now being qualified in the government's Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards [PMIEA]. It used to be very few," he added.

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