SR Metals tops 2015 mining award

San Roque Metals Inc. (SRMI), a 100% Filipino-owned mining company, took home the 2015 Presidential Mineral Industry Awards for ‘Best Surface Mine’in the Philippines, with a rating of 96.25%, from the 62ndAnnual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference, last November 20, 2015, at CAP-John Hay Trade Center and Cultural Center, Camp John Hay, Baguio City.

The award was givento the company in recognition of their Tubay Nickel Mining Project, in Agusan Del Norte, which is a showcase of the best global mining practices and cutting-edge mining operations.

Mines and Geosciences director Leo Jasareno commended SRMI for accepting the challenge and coming out as one of the most responsible miners in the Philippines, particularly for their efforts in environment conservation.

“In 2013, it (SRMI) got the ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management System, the first and only nickel mine to have secured such a distinguished Certification, and if I am not mistaken, the fourth metal mine in the Philippines to have done so,” Jasareno said.

“And as we have witnessed now, SRMI is now PMSEA recipient for Surface Mining Operations," he added.

SRMI president Miguel Alberto Gutierrez explains that the ISO certification makes their company compliant with the international standards.

“The law tells you the basic rules to make you compliant in the country. ISO pushes you to improve, to do things better, and to not be relaxed,” Gutierrez said.

Now, as recipient of the best surface mining practices, Gutierrez said that that they “never felt that we would be able to go toe-to-toe with the bigger players in the industry.”

Last year, the company received a Platinum Award, Surface Mining Operations Category, at the 2014 Presidential Mineral Industry Awards with a rating of 93.52 percent. SRMI was also a runner-up at the 2014 Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association’s Safest Mine Awards, an honor it received again this year.

SRMI’s sister company, Galeo Equipment, also grabbed this year’s Platinum Award for Exploration, and runner-up awards for both Forest Exploration and Safest Mine.

The company owners dedicated their distinctions to partner-communities and stakeholders—the Church and local leaders, their families, and everyone that moved together to show how responsible mining can contribute to community and nation-building.

World’s 5th mineral-rich country

The Philippines is considered as the 5th most mineral-rich country in the world. With such a natural endowment, the country has thus attracted dozens of multinational and Filipino companies to invest in the mining industry.

In 2014, the mining sector contributed P84.2 billion to the country’s gross domestic product. The mining industry contributes three percent to the nation’s economy.

In 1997, the government established the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) to promote the efficient management of the environment and ecology in the exploration, development and utilization of the country’s mineral resources. The awards was discontinued in 2003.

It was revived in 2004 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as it was deemed appropriate to continue the PMIEA to highlight the importance of sound environmental management and responsible mining practice among mining industry companies in the country.

Since then, the PMIEA is conferred on outstanding mining companies for their exemplary efforts in achieving environmentally and socially-responsible mining operations.

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