NLM                                                                  JANUARY 24, 2017

Three Division Heads – Dondi Sarmiento, Socorro Hernandez and Norberto Manlapas Jr. and Mining Engineer Jennica Estepa of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region IV (CALABARZON) attended the JOGMEC Seminar on Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation for the Mining Sector of the Philippines at New World Hotel in Makati City last January 23, 2017. The seminar was hosted by the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with an objective of: information sharing on Exploration and Environmental Conservation for the mining sector of the Philippines; exchange of views for expanding good relationship between the Philippines and Japan; and networking between both public and private sector of the Philippines and Japan.

JOGMEC is a Japanese minerals and energy company established in February 29, 2004 which play a role of ensuring stable supply of oil, natural gas, mineral resources, coal and geothermal energy for Japan.

DENR Undersecretary and Concurrent MGB Director Mario Luis J. Jacinto delivered the keynote speech while Mr. Junichiro Suzuki, First Secretary of Trade and Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Japan gave the opening remarks.

Amongst the topics overviewed include Philippine Policy for the Development of Mining Sector, Japanese Policy for Sustainable Development of the Mining Sector in Asia, Philippine’s Investment Promotion in the Mining Sector, Value Adding for Metallic Minerals, Overview of JOGMEC Exploration Activities, Pollution Prevention Measures on Abandoned Mines in Japan, Financial Schemes of JOGMEC, and the Current Status and Future Prospect of the Mining Sector of the Philippines.

The event ended with a closing byline from Takafumi Tsujimoto, the Executive Director of JOGMEC and was acknowledge by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The event was attended by approximately 220 personalities from the DENR, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine private sectors, and Japanese companies and other mining stakeholders.