The Philippine-ASEAN Mineral Awards (PH-AMA) Committee started evaluation and selection of entries for the 2nd ASEAN Mineral Awards last 26 February 2019.
The Committee is headed by Director Wilfredo G. Moncano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, with the Division Chiefs of all the Technical Division as members.
The 2nd AMA has three categories: Best Practices in Metallic and Non-metallic Minerals Mining, Best Practices in Metallic and Non-metallic Mineral Processing, and Best Practices in Metallic and Non-metallic Minerals Distribution.
The maximum number of application per country for each category is two (2), one metallic and one non-metallic.
All in all, the Committee received 17 entries, with the following breakdown: five (5) for Best Practice in Metallic Minerals Mining; six (6) for Best Practice in Non-Metallic Minerals Mining; four (4) for Best Practice in Metallic Minerals Processing; one (1) for Best Practice in Non-Metallic Minerals Processing; and one (1) for Best Practice in Metallic Minerals Distribution.
Unfortunately, the Committee did not received any entry for the category Best Practice in Non-Metallic Minerals Distribution.
Those who will get the highest score in each category at the end of the evaluation will have the honor to represent the country in the prestigious 2ndAMA and compete among the very best practices in minerals mining, processing and distribution in the Region.The Philippines will be contending with other ASEAN member state for the three categories during the 2nd AMA.
The PH-AMA Committee is set to submit the country’s’ official entries to the competition by 31 March 2019 to the Board of Judges (BOJ).The BOJ is constituted of 10 judges from each ASEAN Member State, with Thailand as the Chair.
The Philippines is optimistic to replicate if not outshine its previous performance in the 1st AMA where Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc., bagged the Best Practice in Minerals Mining and Best Practice in Minerals Processing awards, respectively.
Members of the PH-AMA Committee evaluating and examining documents of the nominees.
By: Mineral Economics, Information and Publications Division