Responsible Mining: Moving Beyond Compliance
Quisumbing Torres participated in the Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibition 2017 held on 5 to 7 September at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. This year's theme was Responsible Mining: Moving Beyond Compliance.
Spread over the three-day annual conference, the Chamber of Mines highlighted its long-standing advocacy and expressed the many positive aspects of the mining industry. The association of responsible miners championed the communication of the industry's commitment not just to comply with the law and rules and regulations but going beyond conformity. A more aggressive campaign on environmental protection and social developmental activities is expected.
The Chamber studies and applies relevant best mining practices of other countries. "We should also look at Chile. Once a developing country like the Philippines, it now has the highest GDP in Latin America. Chile has a thriving mining industry and a big part of that success is active government promotion.
Chile is now a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, composed of high-income countries. The mining industry in Chile accounts for about 8% of GDP and 50% of exports, Chile is a model that we can look at," shared Dennis Quintero, head of Quisumbing Torres' Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry (EMI) Group. He was a panel discussant during the session on 'The Global Mining Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities'.
Quisumbing Torres' Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry Group
Lawyers from the Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance, Tax, Employment, Intellectual Property & Information Technology, and Dispute Resolution practice groups comprise the firm's EMI Group in Manila. The group has built a strong reputation and generated repeat accolades for the firm over the years from leading international legal directories such as The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure (in association with the Petroleum Economist), where the team ranks top-tier.
In Chambers Asia Pacific, the firm was described as "Pre-eminent firm, offering expertise across a broad range of areas including privatisations, project development and financing. Works extensively in the mining and renewable energy sectors and has an in-depth understanding of the regulatory landscape in the Philippines." In the same publication, Dennis is cited to be "well-versed in corporate and M&A matters in the projects and mining spheres".
Mining Philippines Exhibition and Conference 2017
The annual conference has grown considerably since it began in 1997 and today is the event of choice for investors and industry players wanting a better understanding of the mining industry and the opportunities currently on offer in the country. The event gathered experts in the field, policy makers, senior company executives and resource investors. Conference delegates were also offered focused group discussions and networking and social events.
The event was formally opened by Dr. Jose Leviste, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Mines. He introduced the guest of honor, Hon. Arnel Ty, Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, House of Representative. In his keynote speech, he said, "For any industry to grow, there must be harmony in government policies, both national and local. The national policy sometimes takes a back seat when local ordinances are passed that result in loss of opportunities for the poor areas of the country. This must be resolved soon".
Starting-off the conference were focus group discussions on "Responsible Mining Exists in the Philippines" and "Is Responsible Mining Possible? Millenials Respond". Undersecretary Jonas Leones, representing Hon. Roy Cimatu, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary graced the conference on its second day. He shared the DENR Secretary's message, "Just do your duty. Do it right, and do it for the country. Contribute more to the country's economic growth while protecting the environment."
Succeeding plenary sessions included: "Addressing the Challenges of Industrialization", "Indonesia's Experience with Domestic Processing and Refining – Important Lessons for the Philippines", "Innovations for Responsible Mining: Open Pit Mining and Rehabilitation", "Science-Based Policies and Technological Advancement in Mineral Resource Development", "Enhancing Good Governance Mechanisms in the Mining Industry, and, "Federalism and Responsible Mining: Aligning Roles and Goals".