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Precious Metals

Aside from special events, the Chamber also participates in some annual and international affairs. Over the weekend of Sep. 15 – 17, 2015, The Chamber of Mines held the “Mining Philippines 2015 International Conference.” The three-day event had a full schedule, and Chamber members had a lot on their plate. The first day of the event was dedicated to the opening ceremonies and then a series of round table focused group discussions. The two topics covered were named “Mining Matters: Unaccounted Benefits of Mining Operations” and “Mining Taxation in ASEAN – Analyzing Philippine Competitiveness.” Various sessions took place over the second and third days on a number of important mining topics. Some of these include Exploration and Investment Trends, Global Megatrends and the Workforce of the Future in the Resources Sector, The Challenge of Governance, What is Mining to Philippine Development?, and Probing the Minds of Our Leaders. After the event, members had a new advantage of networking, information on industry advancements, and seminars on leadership.

What are They Mining?

With all this talk about mining, miners, and their related industries, it is also critical to understand the mining culture of the Philippines. There are four main mineral resources in the country. They are coal, copper, gold, and nickel. Five mines relate to the excavation of these minerals. For coal, the Malangas Coal Reservation is located in Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. In the 2008 numbers, the mine produced 110.54 thousand metric tons of coal. Copper production is separated into three mines: the Boyongan, Canatuan, and Tampakan mines. Located on the island of Mindanao, the Canatuan is a controversial mine is found in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. The mine also produces zinc and gold. The controversy stems from control of the mine by a Canadian company based out of Calgary, Alberta, namely Toronto Ventures Incorporated. The country’s largest nickel deposit is found in Palawan in the Western Philippines at the Rio Tuba mine. Estimates into the reserve of nickel at the site are over 60 million tons. The Rio Tuba mine was founded in 1975 and is still highly active to this day.

Conclusion

Mining of a critical component of the Philippine economy and society. Although some of the mines are highly controversial for their practices, environmental impact, and foreign control, there are institutions in place that work in the best interest of the country’s mines. The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is one such endeavor. They put forth their heavy arm into cleaning up the mining industry and making it a sustainable economic option. Membership to this chamber get the best prices on precious metals and it is simple for business men in the Philippines who are free of corruption and have a desire to grow their country’s mining, quarrying, and processing of precious minerals. Resources are rich in the tropical country, with large deposits of coal, copper, nickel, gold, and zinc present at various sites. The Chamber’s reach is just as rich, putting forth all of the country’s top minds for the pursuit of a better country and cleaner planet.

Simple Rules

In order to qualify for membership, the rules are simple. One must possess a positive and influential reputation in the world of business. Members are sponsored by three individuals from the Regular, Associate, or Affiliate classes. Next, the Membership Committee discusses the applicants, before giving their final verdict. The Secretary will pass on any recommended individuals from the Membership Committee to the Board of Directors for the ultimate decision.

Membership grants individuals certain rights and privileges. These are outlined in more detail in the limitations provided by the Chamber’s by-laws. As such, a member in the Chamber can vote on all topics in every meeting, vote on elections for officers and promotions, and take part in any pertinent deliberations related to the Chamber. Other rights include: the right to petition with other Chamber members for the calling of special meetings, the right to examine all records and minutes from the meetings and Chamber proceedings, and to receive official reports from the entire Chamber Board. This may include messages from the President, newsletters, journals, bulletins, and online posts. And of course, Members in the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines have the right to participate in any and all events hosted, sponsored, or endorsed by the Chamber.

Membership also comes with certain responsibilities. Again, the duties and obligations of the Chamber’s members are outlined in the by-laws for further reference. Some of the duties include the payment of monthly dues and other financial commitments, compulsory attendance in regular and special meetings where the Board appointed them to committees, and the completion of all assignments handed to the member from the Board of Directors. Of course, members in the Chamber of Mines have the obligation to uphold the interest of the association, as well as any group or business that has the best interest of the mining industry at its core. Members must read, understand, and abide by the by-laws outlined in the rulebooks. And members may also be called upon to produce documentation, records, and minutes of relevant meetings or industry association gatherings. The main obligation, of course, is the representation of the Chamber as a responsible member of society who cares for mines and their impact on society, the environment, and economic progress.

That said, membership is not set in stone for all individuals. It is possible that one be reduced or forced to resign. Loss of membership may come at the hands of the following: expiration of a company’s charter, death of an individual, any action taken that contradicts the efforts of the Chamber, purposeful violation of the by-laws and regulations, or failure to pay dues for the period of three consecutive months. Members may also resign of their own volition. And it is possible that individuals who lost their membership to petition the Board for reinstatement. Petitions for change of membership class are also possible.

Chamber Activities, Events, and Production

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines takes its responsibility of the advancement of mining quite seriously. Their tag line reads: “Creating wealth, caring for the people and the environment, building communities and reducing poverty.” This is not a simple goal. The reduction of poverty involves many moving parts. The Chamber hopes to raise public appreciation of the mining industry with the hopes that it could be a major player in the Filipino economy. A bigger player than it already is, that means.

 

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This building of bridges to relevant institutions in the Philippines is done on a layered basis. For starters, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines holds several yearly events where these parties are invited. There are also regular roundtable discussions, brainstorming, and think tanks. In short, the Chamber hopes to give its members the best chance of connecting with important personnel. This is for the purpose of advancing the mining industry, not only in the Philippines, but in neighboring locales as well.

How Research Expands the Chamber of Mines

Research programs are instrumental in the Chamber of Mines’ development and continual growth. Various surveys are performed at regular intervals as to the conditions of the mines as well as the miners themselves. Aside from ensuring everybody’s safety, Chamber members study and expand upon salary information, benefits, and compensation related to miners and the related industries. Everything is done in accordance to Filipino law. Just as a healthy mine produces more yield, a healthy miner are the hands by which progression is measured. Keeping everything up to standards of quality ensures that mines continue their expansion as it relates to the economic growth of the Philippines.

Chamber of Mines Personnel

Like every other association, the efforts require human beings behind important initiatives. Some of the important people behind the foundation, management, and outreach for the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines are listed here.

The Committees established and seated by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines include: the Corportate Social Responsibility Committee, Envrionment Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Information and Publicity Committee, Labor Committee, Legal Committee, Membership_ Ethics and Standards Committee, and the Tenements Committee. As such, the Chamber is quite busy in the governance of the Filipino political scene.

Chamber Membership Process and Application

In order to join the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, there are various steps and levels in the membership. First, the classes will be explained in some detail. Next, how one may apply and what qualifications one needs in order to do so.

There are six classes of Chamber Membership. The first, Regular Member, labels are corporations that have ongoing extracting, processing, or smelting of minerals operations in place. An Associate Member is a class for individuals in local or foreign mining companies that have mining or business license agreements with the government of the Philippines. Associate members are not engaging in ongoing production. They are either in the pre-production stage or have their operations paused for a temporary period. An Affiliate Member in the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is a class distinction for organizations with mineral extraction, mining, quarrying, or processing.

Professional Members within the Chamber of Mines are companies with relevant interests to the mining industry. Special Membership is for the service sector. It deals with the good and services related to mining and its industries. The last class is for Honorary Members. The positions are usually nominated by the Board of Directors in light of their ongoing advancement of mining and all that effects it. Many Filipino politicians are Honorary Members in the Chamber of Mines.