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Camarines Norte conducts 1st mining conference

Daet, Camarines Norte (13 October) -- The 1st Camarines Norte Provincial Mining Conference, with the theme "Is mining the way to progress?: LGU Guidelines for Sound Decision-Making" was held on October 3 to 5, 2006 at Villa Mila Resort, this capital town.

Some 50 participants representing the different sectors in the province were in attendance that included the LGUs of Daet, Labo, Paracale and Jose Panganiban; the Catholic Education and Academic League (CEAL) of Camarines Norte; Camarines Norte State Colleges (CNSC); La Consolacion College of Camarines Norte; Community Base Forest Management (CBFM); the Ateneo de Naga-INECAR; Chamber of Mines; University of the Philippines at Los Ba√Īos (UPLB-SESA); mining companies in Camarines Norte; people's organizations (POs) and non-government agencies (NGAs).

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Bicol regional director Reynulfo A. Juan said the conference aims to educate decision-makers from the local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders about the mining industry. "Primarily to develop a process and set of criteria/basis for decision making/evaluation whether to allow or not mining development project in areas of responsibilities, and define alternative options to mining for rural development."

Juan spoke on What is Mining?, the Mining Industry in the Bicol Region and in Camarines Norte including the Philippine Mining Policies and Procedures.

Other relevant topics like Impact of Mining on Health and Environment, Impacts of Mining on Economic and Socio-Cultural, Standard Parameters for Mining Projects and Mitigating Measures, Benefits and Costs of Mining Projects, Criteria on Determining the Suitability and Acceptability of Mining in a given area were discussed by invited resource speakers.

The municipality of Labo, CNSC and the Philippine Federation for Environmental Concern (PFEC) sponsored the 3-day conference. (EMB/PIA) [top]

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