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Philippine Officials Discuss Sustainable Mining Cooperation Prospects with Western Australia
03 April 2023, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna and business mining delegates from the Philippines engaged WA government officials and industry on developments in the mining landscape in the country and presented opportunities for collaboration during a visit to Perth on 27-30 March 2023.
In his briefings, Undersecretary Cuna provided the latest updates on the Philippines’ mining policies and regulations including the lifting of the moratorium on new mining agreements and the ban on open-pit mining. The Undersecretary emphasized the commitment of the Philippine government to support the mining industry given its significant potential to be a key driver for economic recovery and long-term growth. The Philippines is one of the most mineralized countries in the world ranking third in gold, fourth in copper, fifth in nickel and sixth in chromite deposits. Only 2.42% of the country’s known highly mineralized zones are under development and it is important for the Philippines to sustainably develop these resources.
The Undersecretary explored opportunities for capacity building, including mine rehabilitation and land restoration with the ARC Training Centre for Healing Country and met companies involved in mining equipment and technology services (METS). During a visit to the mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the WA School of Mines hosted briefings by their faculty, local officials of Kalgoorlie and mining companies to highlight best practices in effective partnerships of government, business and academe in securing community benefits from sustainable mining.
Undersecretary Cuna stated that the Philippine government is working hand in hand with relevant stakeholders to continuously improve mining and strengthen investor relations in the development of the minerals sector. Australia is a global leader in the resources industry with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Australian mining and METS companies have established presence in the Philippines. -END-