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Still Workin The Mines

When it comes to the ways in which people allocate a lot of the resources that the world has to offer we have to consider the facts that go into mining because mining is definitely one of the main ways that resources are allocated everywhere and I think a lot of people don’t put a lot of emphasis on mining because it kind of seems like something that people did a really long time ago but the truth is that a lot of people still work in mines all over the place and it really is a dark and dirty type of job that a lot of people don’t want to do, and that is why a lot of people who do work in mines these days are protected through unions and things like that and that of course is really important because mining is starting to become a protected and well paid type of job because of all the risks that are at play and of course all the crazy times that miners have died on the job, which of course definitely makes it plausible that they would get paid a good amount to risk their lives like that on a daily basis.

But of course we aren’t here to necessarily be talking about all the risks that go into mining because to be honest it seems rather obvious, but we are here to talk about mining in a more objective way and by doing so we are going to be discussing for the most part all about the different types of mining and how they have changed the field in general over a matter of a few recent years, and I think that we will definitely consider a bunch of things that come along with mining when we think about it on a deeper level but for now we are going to be just talking about the different more popular versions of mining and this will help us better understand mining in general.

So the first type of mining that we are going to be talking about is called hydraulic mining, and this is the type of mining that uses water at high pressure and it is really interesting but it also is kind of a waste of water but I’m sure it kind of works well but probably not as good as some of the other types of mining that we are going to talk about.

Another type of mining that we are going to be talking about is called hard rock mining, and in this type of mining we have to consider people digging into solid rock and into some of the materials of mountains and starting caves and tunnels manually and through dynamite and other shafts of things like that. This is where you see a lot of mining caves deep inside mountains and things of that nature. Of course this is definitely the most popular type of mining that generally happens and there are a bunch of different type of ways in which this type of mining is very dangerous but also very effective, and of course if you have ever been in a mining shaft or tunnel then you probably have seen that they wind deep into mountains and go for what seems like forever and ever, and this is something that a lot of people need to be considerate of because it definitely is something that all of us should be interested in because it is usually deep in these shafts and hard rock mining facilities that gold and other precious metals can be discovered.

And then there is open pit mining, which is exactly what it says it is in that it is an open pit of terraces in which the mining happens.

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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.


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.



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.


What is Membership?

Membership in the Mines Chamber in Philippines involves lobbying on behalf of mining interests. There are various advancements the lobbying is meant to tackle. Their advocacy relates to the information presented below.

The establishment of effective grant programs is important for chamber members. This means that successful frameworks are in place for tenements, ECCs, and government required programs be issues grants to supplement their development. The chamber also lobbies on behalf of the financial world, especially related to taxation. Research and development of the mining fields, as mentioned above, comprises a large percentage of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ advocacy.

Concerns for the proper development of society are also critical to the Chamber. These include advocating on behalf of indigenous people, their rights, and their properties. Aside from individuals, the Chamber of Mines also lobbies on behalf of mining regulations for the best interest of the planet. In relation to mining interests, Chamber members also work on securing the rights to mine in particular locations.

Their advocacy also relates to the following aspects: IPO listing, security concerns, value adding, IEC, and dealing with various institutions. These include handling the media, NGO, and of course, government bodies. Aside from lobbying, the Chamber of Mines also puts out information to its members and the general public.

This information relates to mining development and updates in the field. Knowledge is shared via Website and E-mail update, as well as faxing individual members. Regular meetings are also in place, so that members are in constant communication and working towards a common goal. Aside from meeting with each other, the Chamber’s members also attend meetings, conferences, and courses related to the mining industry.

Networking for Mining Development

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines takes serious efforts to build connections and network across the industry. In line with this, the President of the Chamber holds another important position. They are also a member of the Minerals Development Council at the Office of the President and Chairman, Investment Promotions Group. This establishment of partnerships within the mining community extends from the Chamber of Mine’s President and Executive Board all the way down to its common members.

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines provides members with all the important networking resources they need in the mining field. This includes a partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Pacific Countries. This comes through the ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations (AFMA). This is perhaps the most important network for miners in all of Asia.

Other networking includes a partnership with PCCI, ECOP, PhilExport, PBSP, CREBA, and the Construction and Electrical Engineering Associations. Connections for members in the Chamber of Mines are also present for the education and religious sectors. This includes the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Advent Of Mining

The advent of mining and the discovery of minerals beneath the planet’s surface has been a critical step in the development of society. In the Philippines, mining continues as an important economic chain. Within the chain, there is an organization known as the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. The purpose of this writing is to describe what the Chamber of Mines is, what they do, who they help, and what economic benefit they provide.

Who Are They?

In short, the Chamber Mines Philippines council advocates mining within the country. The goal is more exposure of mining and the advancement of the technology and public interest surrounding such excavations in the Philippines. This includes mining, quarrying, and the processing of minerals found. Of course, as an advocacy group, there strict guidelines to protect the environment in place. Other areas of interest are the advancement of economic and social conditions for the Filipino people.

Members of the Chamber of Mines come from all different mineral excavation and processing fields. This includes miners, mineral processing, service industries dealing with the field, and professionals from every walk of life. In order to achieve their goal of mining development, advancement, and permeation, the Chamber works closely with local and national politicians and government offices. The goal is that government take a stronger appeal for mining in the effort of growing the Filipino economy and environment.

Their founding principles are the advancement of the following in their members: Business Leadership, Policy Development, Mining Environmental Management, Information Education Advocacy, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Networking. Each will be explained in some detail below.

Business Leadership

In order to understand the other principles endorsed by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, it is important that members have a good business acumen. This means, they should have a grasp on how the business world relates to the mining industry, and how membership in the Chamber advances both. Members should be leaders in the business world, urging organizations to take valuable steps towards the sustainable development of mining. Profits are important, but long term growth is more preferred. As are safe and ethical business practices.

Policy Development

In line with the above, business leaders should also understand how policies affect their trade and expansion. Members should advocate policies that advance the mining industry and allow mines to contribute to important community development. With proper documentation, mines are more than a property, they’re an investment. This enables policy makers to ride the backs of these waves towards growth in every related aspect. In short, government officials need to understand the value that mines bring the country of the Philippine Islands. Policies should support mines, miners, and all related processing and distribution companies.

Mining Environmental Management

In order to develop sustainable mines, concerns for the environment are present. Members of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines need to understand the global ramifications of these excavation sites. Not only for the purpose of safety. This is also important in order to get the most out of the mines. Proper scientific research and study will allow miners to find minerals and deposits they might have overlooked. Keeping the best possible practices for the health of our planet is a critical avenue for Chamber members. They must also explain these practices to shareholders, policy makers, and executives.

Information Education Advocacy

Without information, there is no education. Without education, mines are as good as useless. In keeping with the trend of sustainable mines, constant development must be placed in the field of sciences related to minerals and their processing. The latest information should be readily applied to mining practices, for the overall best interest of economics, time consummation, and environmental concerns.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Every corporation and executive body has a certain level of transparency with their clients. This is true everywhere, but with mining, the Chamber holds execs to a higher standard. The social responsibility must be understood and striven for. Progress needs to be easily understood, clearly established, and constantly monitored.


Connections to relevant organizations, institutions, associations, and corporations are a vital aspect of the business development mission behind the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. This includes teaching members how to build bridges that will help advance their careers, but also the field of mining as a whole. The development of any body of work is best measured in unity. This mission starts early with Chamber members.




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