Photo taken from the official Facebook page of DOST-PCIEERD.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region took part in the Minerals and Mining in the Philippines Scoping Workshop organized by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) held in Hotel Astoria in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, March 3-5.
Attended by UK-NERC and DOST officers and researchers, the said workshop intended to identify the challenges affecting the Philippines’ mining sector, and explore the gaps and opportunities for a research program to help address these.
It also aimed at defining the scope of a potential UK-Philippines program, and facilitating links between the two countries’ research communities in the area of natural environment research and new technology development.
Among the keynote speakers from the Philippines were Atty. Ronald Rex Recidoro, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines; Engr. Rodolfo Velasco, MGB Central Office; Dr. Graciano Yumul Hr., University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences (UPNIGS); Dr. Michael Angelo Promentilla, De La Salle University; and Dr. Carlo Arcilla, DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
The first day centered on exploring challenges and looking into priority research areas on past and present mining practices – covering issues on the effects of mining on human health and ecosystems, air and water quality impacts, and issues associated with the rehabilitation of mines, among others.
Participants also visited the abandoned mine site of Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Incorporated in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes in Puerto Princesa City, including the pit lake, jetty, and the nearby sanitary landfill.
Local and British researchers during the breakout sessions.
Engr. Alvin Requimin, MGB MIMAROPA Region, during the mine tour orientation for the Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Inc. in Puerto Princesa City.