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Chilean envoy to grace PMSEA 2010

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (12 November) -- Baguio City will again host the 57th annual Philippine Mining Safety and Environment Conference on November 17-20 with Chilean Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Mayorga as the guest of honor.

Around 700 members of the Philippine Mining Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) are expected to join the four day event at the different venues around the city.

The PMSEA is an organization of mining companies, quarries, cement plants, suppliers, service contractors, professional organizations and government agencies that advocates a national campaign against occupational safety, health and environmental hazards of mining and its related operations.

This year the theme chosen is "Ang Minerong Pinoy: Makakalikasan, Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran."

According to PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento, Chilean Ambassador Mayorga will talk on Chile's historic rescue mission of its miners trapped for more than 60 days.

The PMSEA will laud the Chilean government for the successful rescue of its 33 miners after being trapped some 600 meters under a collapsed copper-gold site in Copiapo for 69 days.

"What the whole world witnessed as a triumph of hope in Chile would definitely continue to strengthen and inspire Filipino miners more that during times of great catastrophe, determination and perseverance to save lives should prevail," said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento noted similar devastations in the country where Filipino miners played a major part in rescuing endangered lives saying "even if we lack the resources to fund the use of new and state-of-the-art technology, our mineros have always had the heart to respond and help their fellow countrymen in need, anytime and anywhere."

Here in Benguet, miners have always been in involved in rescue and retrieval operations during calamities.

The PMSEA event will kick off with the traditional tree planting activity at the Botanical Garden which will be adopted by the PMSEA as their own park followed by a press conference at the same venue.

On November 18, the delegates will be participating in the different sports events at Baguio Tennis Club, Baguio Center Mall Bowling Center and golf at Camp John Hay followed by an awarding ceremony at the historic CJH Amphitheatre.

On November 19, the Minerals Industry Exhibits and mining symposium will be opened by City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Ambassador Mayorga and PMSEA officers at the Cap John Hay Convention Center. Domogan will deliver his keynote addressed followed by Mayorga as the guest of honor and speaker.

On the last day, the participants will start with the mineral industry parade from Session Road down to Harrison. There will be a Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competitions where mining companies display their expertise in the different competitions.

The event will end with a testimonial dinner and the Annual Awards Night at the CAP John Hay Convention Center. (PIA) [top]

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