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9 Mining Companies Win 2021 PMIEA, Pandemic Notwithstanding

Nine (9) Mining Contractors and Permit Holders were hailed in this year’s Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) during the final deliberation of the PMIEA Selection Committee (SC) on November 04, 2021.

The Presidential Awardees are the following:

Category

Company

Surface Mining Operation

Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.

Berong Nickel Corporation

Hinatuan Mining Corporation – Tagana-an

Platinum Group Metals Corporation

Taganito Mining Corporation

Quarry Operation

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Bulacan

Mineral Processing

Coral Bay Nickel Corporation

Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation

In spite of the pandemic, PMIEA selection was still observed to give recognition to the private sector’s achievements in terms of safety and health, environmental management, reforestation, and social development and management; and initiatives and efforts in combating COVID-19 and providing aid/assistance to the mining communities in these trying times.

Similar to the selection procedure observed early this year for the 2020 PMIEA, an offsite validation process was adopted as alternative mode for evaluation of the companies’ accomplishments to ensure the safety and well-being of all organizations/groups involved given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Twenty-five (25) companies under the four (4) categories – underground mining operation; surface mining operation; quarry operation; and mineral processing, were subjected to the rigorous offsite validation of the PMIEASC members and the Technical Working Group on October 4-27, 2021. Companies who fell short of the required rating for the PMIEA but attained a high degree of performance in safety and health, environmental management, reforestation, and social development and management were declared as PMIEASC Platinum and Titanium Achievement Awardees.

These are as follows:

Category

Company

Award

Underground Mining Operation

Apex Mining Company, Inc.

Platinum

Surface Mining Operation

Carrascal Nickel Corporation

Platinum

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation – Nickel

Platinum

Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation

Platinum

Quarry Operation

Holcim Mining and Development Corporation – Davao

Platinum

Holcim Mining and Development Corporation – La Union

Platinum

Holcim Resources and Development Corporation

Platinum

LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc.

Platinum

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Batangas

Platinum

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Teresa

Platinum

Republic Cement Mindanao, Inc.

Platinum

Eagle Cement Corporation

Titanium

Holcim Mining and Development Corporation – Bulacan

Titanium

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation – Gotok

Titanium

Mineral Processing

Graymont (Philippines), Inc.

Platinum

In conjunction with the PMIEA, the Mining Forest Program (MFP) – National Executive Committee (NEC) deliberated the results of the validation of the nominees for the 2021 Best Mining Forest Contest (BMFC) on November 03, 2021. The winners and runners-up in the four (4) categories – mineral exploration, metallic, non-metallic, and mineral processing, are presented in the table below.

Category

Company

Award

Mineral Exploration

Philex Mining Corporation

WINNER

Metallic

Hinatuan Mining Corporation – Tagana-an

WINNER

FCF Minerals Corporation

1st Runner-up

Philsaga Mining Corporation

2nd Runner-up

Platinum Group Metals Corporation

Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation

3rd Runner-up

Non-metallic

Holcim Resources and Development Corp.

WINNER

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Bulacan

1st Runner-up

LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc.

2nd Runner-up

Holcim Mining and Devt. Corp. – Davao

3rd Runner-up

Mineral Processing

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp.

WINNER

Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corp.

1st Runner-up

Coral Bay Nickel Corporation

2nd Runner-up

Graymont (Phils), Inc. 

3rd Runner-up

Likewise, the winners and runners-up of the Safest Mines Awards and Best Mines Personalities are as follows:

Category

Company

Award

Exploration A

Apex Mining Company, Inc.

WINNER

Quarry

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Batangas

WINNER

Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. – Bulacan

Runner-up

Surface Mining Operation

Hinatuan Mining Corp. – Tagana-an

WINNER

Berong Nickel Corp.

Runner-up

Underground Mining Operation

Apex Mining Company, Inc.

WINNER

Benguet Corp. – Acupan Contract Mining Project

Runner-up

Mineral Processing – Extraction Plant

Coral Bay Nickel Corp.

WINNER

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp.

Runner-up

Mineral Processing – Calcining Plant

Graymont (Philippines), Inc.

WINNER

BMC – Forestry Corporation

Runner-up

Mineral Processing – Crushing Plant

Philippine Mining Service Corp. – Bohol Plant

WINNER

Safest Mining Operation

Hinatuan Mining Corp. – Tagana-an

WINNER

Most Improved Mining Operation

Apex Mining Company, Inc.

WINNER

These mining companies will be recognized during the hybrid awarding ceremony on November 26, 2021. The face-to-face activity, to be attended by the select company representatives, will be at Seda Vertis North, Quezon City. The activity will also be aired in the official Facebook page of MGB.

MFP – NEC Virtual Meeting on November 03, 2021

PMIEASC Virtual Meeting on November 04, 2021

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