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3RD QUARTER 2021

November 23, 2021


The Philippine Mineral Reporting Code Committee (PMRCC) continued conducting Zoom Webinars during the third quarter of the year for the continuing professional development of Competent Persons, technical people and other stakeholders of the Philippine Mining Industry. Registration, remittances, knowledge checks, webinar evaluation/feedbacks and provision of certificates of attendance/completion were all likewise undertaken online made possible by our partner, XPERTO Academy.


The corporate sponsors of the 3rd Quarter 2021 PMRCC webinars were as follows: Platinum – Masbate Gold Project (MGP); Gold – Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC), Global Ferronickel Holdings Incorporated (GFNI) and Philsaga Mining Corporation (PSC); and Bronze – TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. (TVIRD).


PMRC 161 – “MGB Regulatory Reports” was undertaken last July 1, 2021, from 9 AM to 12 noon. This webinar was undertaken with the following targeted course outcomes:

  1. Name the different reports to be submitted on a regular basis by mining tenement owners and the timetable for submission

  2. Explain the importance and the relevant features of each report

  3. Identify the persons responsible for the preparation of these reports

  4. List the requirements for the Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility and explain the content of the study

  5. Make use of the guidelines in the monitoring of compliance to mining safety, health, environment and social development.

Total number of participants is 165, predominantly technical people and some from the finance and local government. The participants were welcomed by Mr. Ciceron A. Angeles Jr., Chair of the PMRCC. The presentations were made by the technical managers of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, as follows:

  • Tenement Reportorial Compliance and Rating System by Engr. Reshne Jay B. Gonzaga

  • Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility by Engr. Donald M. Ofalsa

  • Safety, Health, Environment and Social Development by Engr. Danny P. Berches and Forester Christian Kevin A. Latiza

The Open Forum was guided by Mr. Joey Nelson R. Ayson, President of PMEA. The Closing Remarks were delivered by Engr. Armando L. Malicse, past president of the PSEM. Moderator of the Webinar was Engr. Enrico Nera, CP-Metallurgist.



PMRC 217 – “Introduction to Geostatistics” was jointly organized by the Geological Society of the Philippines (GSP) and PMRCC. An additional gold sponsor to this event was Apex Mining Co. Inc.. The webinar was held last July 22, 2021, from 8:30AM to 12 noon. This webinar was undertaken with the following targeted course outcomes:

  1. Explain the basic concepts and proper use of the defined terms in Geostatistics

  2. Explain how Geostatistics can be applied to Mineral Exploration and Mining

  3. Explain the relevance of Geostatistics in the context of reporting mineral resources, specifically given the proposed changes to the PMRC 2007 to be consistent with international reporting standards

Total number of participants is 200. Welcome Remarks were given by Mr. Jesus C. Cinco Jr., CP-Geologist and Asst. Professor UP Cebu. The following presentations were made, as follows:

  • Introduction to Geostatistics Part 1 (Why Geostatistics, Variograms, Block variance) by Dr. Rogelio G. Laraya

  • Introduction to Geostatistics Part 2 (Estimation Variance, Geostat Application: Quantitative Mineral Resource Classification, Shiny Web-App Demonstration) by Mr. Isaac Norman R. Rivera

  • Drill Hole Grid Spacing Analysis in Nickel Laterite Exploration: A Geostatistical Comparison of Two Ni-Laterite Deposits with Varying Drill Hole Spacing by Dr. Rogel A. Santos

The Open Forum was moderated by Mr. Joey Nelson R. Ayson, CP-Geologist and President of PMEA. The Closing Remarks were delivered by Mr. George B. Baquiran, CP Geologist. Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Ciceron A. Angeles Jr.; CP-Geologist, Chair of PMRCC and Vice President of the GSP.


PMRC 199 – “Ground Slope Stability in Mining” was organized by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) under the auspices of the PMRCC. Additional gold sponsors to the event were GHD and DMT. The webinar was held last September 30, 2021, from 8:00AM to 12 noon. This webinar was undertaken with the following targeted course outcomes:

  1. Explain ground control engineering and analytical procedures of designing and applying methods of mitigation by way of constructing effectively functioning and least costly engineering control structures to address potential impacts of hazards and risks due to excavation

  2. Explain the new Global International Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) with the aim of “achieving the ultimate goal of zero harm to people and the environment” that led to the revision of existing legislation and development of new guidelines and how this provides a framework for development of safe tailings storage facility management through the design, operation, closure, and post-closure phases

  3. Explain underground planning with numerical modelling and the development of numerical modelling in geotechnics with the help of new software and hardware, optimized calculation times and more complex and advanced constitutive models to optimize systems to reduce cost and maximize efficiency

  • The webinar was well attended with 602 participants. Welcome Remarks were given by Engr. Roger A. De Dios., CP-Mining Engineer and PSEM President. The following presentations were made, as follows:

  1. Ground Control in Mining: Application, Methods and Analysis by Engr. Arnulfo Pascual B. Santiago

  2. Underground Planning with Numerical Modelling by Christopher Schuermann

  3. Good Practice for Developing Safe Tailings Storage Facilities by Rob Longey

The Open Forum after each presentation was moderated by Engr. Armando L. Malicse, CP-Mining Engineer and Immediate Past PSEM President. The Synthesis and Closing Remarks were delivered by Engr. Constancio Paye Jr., CP-Mining Engineer and MAEM President. Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Zards Gaccad; CP-Mining Engineer and Regional Technical Director of the MGB.

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