By MARK ANTHONY PEREZ       SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

MGB IV-A (CALABARZON) has already completed preliminary evaluation of mining companies in the region who signified their intent to participate in the most coveted Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMEIA) to be given during the 61st Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) in Baguio City this coming November 11-15, 2014.

Last June 2014, MGB IV-A invited mining companies to take part in the annual search for the PMEIA in line with the government’s effort in promoting environmental awareness among key players in the mining industry. Companies nominated for PMIEA are requested to submit ten (10) copies of the comprehensive report of their safety and health, environmental and social/community accomplishments covering the fiscal year July 2013 to June 2014. Among the mining companies in the region, Lafarge Republic, Inc.-Batangas, Lafarge Republic Aggregates, Inc. (formerly Batong Angono Aggregates Corporation) and Solid Cement Corporation signified their intent to participate. After the preliminary evaluation conducted by this Office, the pre-evaluated documents were endorsed to the PMIEA Technical Working Group and Selection Committee of the MGB Central Office for final evaluation. The winners from the different categories will be selected from the endorsed participants nationwide.

Meanwhile, MGB IV-A has also validated the safety and mining forest program accomplishments of all permittees, mining contractors and permit holders of the Region for the Safest Mines and Best Mining Forest Awards, respectively, to be given during the said event. Together with PMIEA, these awards are annually given to mining contractors, permittees and permit holders who exemplify excellent records on safety and health, environmental management, social/community development and reforestation.