Responsible Mining Team discusses S&T Solutions in Forum on "Mining and Minerals: What's Next?"

Answering the question “Mining and Minerals: What’s Next?”, the Department of Science and Technology, with Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology, Research and Development (PCIEERD) as the leading agency, conducted a mining forum at Melchor Hall, UP Diliman Quezon City last October 4, 2014.

The forum was participated by various universities conducting research on mining such as the Caraga State University, UP Diliman, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of Sto. Tomas. Members from public and private sectors were also invited to this forum

In the opening remarks delivered by the DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo, he emphasized his positive insights and words of encouragement to the researchers to really think more innovative ways and make sure that the needs of the industry to go into inclusive growth will be addressed.  He also expressed his certainty that the forum will give new platform to see new strategies and innovation for re-enhancement of mining and mineral industries.

The objective of this event is to take the next step— develop designed equipment for the process that is cost competitive among others.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara presented the overall picture of what the Department of Science and Technology is doing with respect to the mining sector, included in the presentation the Mining and Minerals R&D Roadmap (2012-2016). According to Dr. Guevara, by the year 2016, technologies for small scale miners, value-adding of minerals and rehabilitation of mined out areas shall be attained.

PCIEERD invited resource speakers from different S&T program funded by the agency to talk about the processes that each project conducted as well as their initial results.

Four project leaders under the S&T Program for Responsible Mining in Mindanao served as resource speakers during the forum. Ms. Sherryl L. Paz gave a talk about the “Assessment of Terrestrial Biodiversity in the Selected Key Mining Areas of Mindanao & Environs”. Dr. Rowena P. Varela, program leader of STPRMM and leader of Rehabilitation of Areas Affected by Nickel Mining in Surigao Provinces towards Eco-Restoration shared also the objectives and recent accomplishments done by the project team.

Dr. Romell A. Seronay, project staff of Assessment of Aquatic Biodiversity in Selected Key Mining Areas of Mindanao imparted the projects’ goals to be achieved at the end of 2015. Dr. Nathaniel Anacleto, leader of Alternative Technology for Processing of Chromite and Laterite Ore Fe-Ni-Cr-Alloy production delivered his projects’ ultimate aim to achieve a detailed understanding of chromite and laterite ores smelting to produce Fe-Ni-Cr-C alloy and to assess the feasibility of a new, more energy-efficient technology for the direct processing of crude stainless steel.

Other presenters during the forum were Dr. Rheo B. Lamorena-Lim of UP Diliman who presented the Chemical Sensors for Mine Site Monitoring; Dr. Virginia Soriano, Program Leader of Mineral Extraction with Responsibility for Sustainability (MINERS) Program and Project Leader of The Gold and Copper Chase Life Cycle Analysis of Sustainable Small-Scale Production Systems; Dr. Teresita R. Perez, presented the Program for Rehabilitation and Restoration of Mined-Out Areas Through Phytotechnologies.

Towards the end, awarding presentation for resource persons were given out. Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director  delivered the closing remarks to wrap up the one-day mining forum.