Signatories (from LEFT): Engr. Raul Sabularse (PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director), Dr. Carlos Primo David (PCIEERD Executive Director), Benjamin Philip Romualdez (COMP President), and Nelia Halcon (COMPR Executive Vice President). Witnesses (from LEFT): Maria Elena Talingdan (PCIEERD), Engr. Niñaliza Escorial (PCIEERD), Atty. Lysander Castillo (PBEST Secretary General), Adrian Ramos (COMP Board Member), and Clarence Pimentel (COMP Board Member).

MAKATI, METRO MANILA—The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) on April 4, 2017 to promote responsible mining and achieve economic growth and development.

The memorandum of agreement aims to strategically innovate technologies that will increase research outcomes to further develop the mining sector and serve as basis for proposing policies.

“It is all about rehabilitation, maximizing social development component of the mining companies, including the computation of the actual impact of mining,” said Dr. Carlos Primo David, Executive Director of PCIEERD.

Among the list of projects that will be undertaken by the two parties are: promotion of green mining, that is, providing the appropriate technology to reduce the environmental impact; and development of downstream industries wherein value addition of minerals can be looked into.

COMP President, Benjamin Philip Romualdez mentioned that the Chamber is an entity that pushes for mineral development and assured that they will have come up with short, medium and long term goals with PCIEERD and prioritize the projects.

Mining and minerals is one of the 16 sectors that the Council is providing with continuous support in terms of research and development, technology transfer and information dissemination by harnessing science and technology in the country. 

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