QUEZON, Nueva Vizcaya, Dec. 11 (PIA) - The 'Adopt A Tree' Program of the FCF Minerals Corporation in this town recently won as Best Mining Forest Program for metallic category during the recent 66th Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in Baguio City.
Ian Moller, FCF Minerals Corporation's general manager for sustainability said the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) serves as proof that FCF is doing its very best to be compliant in all existing environmental laws, policies and compliances, and it will prove that there is such thing as responsible mining.
"This is our second year of winning the Best Forest Mining Award and we aim to pursue more to help and properly sustain our rehabilitation efforts for the forest cover of Nueva Vizcaya and provide job opportunities to our stakeholders to improve their lives," he added.
The 'Adopt a Tree, Adopt a Forest Mining Program' has put the mine firm in the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) limelight since 2008 as Platinum Awardee (Exploration Category), 2011 1st runner-up Best Mining Forest (Exploration Category)Awardee, 2nd runner-up Safest Mines Award (Exploration Category) and 2nd runner-up Best Mining Forest (Exploration Category) Awardee, 2013 Winner Best Mining Forest (Exploration Category), 2014 1st runner-up Best Mining Forest (Exploration Category) 2017 3rd runner-up Best Mining Forest (Metallic Category), 2018 Winner Best Mining Forest (Metallic Category) and 2019 Winner Best Mining Forest (Metallic Category).
The PMIEA recognizes outstanding levels of dedication, initiative and innovation in the pursuit of entities involved in various aspects of mineral utilization.
The scope of the environmental management includes among others, programs/projects/activities being implemented for the environmental protection and enhancement of mining areas, development of the host and neighboring communities, land use improvement, exploration and mining site rehabilitation and final decommissioning.
The PMIEA was officially established under Executive Order No. 399 on February 03, 1997 in compliance with the policy that mineral exploration and mining operation shall be pro-environment and pro-people in sustaining wealth creation and improve quality of life and that exploration and mining operation shall be managed in an environmentally responsible manner to achieve and maintain sustainable conditions at every stage of mineral exploration and mining operations, as well as the establishment of a functional and socially-acceptable post-disturbance land use capability.
It is meant to be a fitting recognition of the private minerals sectors' initiatives and exemplary achievements in the protection of the environment.
It is conferred every year to deserving groups and/or companies engaged in mining activities in the country under the following categories: Mineral Exploration, Quarry Operation, Surface Mining Operation, Underground Mining Operation and Mineral Processing.
All mining companies whether involved in exploration, active surface or underground operation, quarry operations and mineral processing in the country for at least a year at the time of the selection may qualify for the Award. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)