To create a strong safety culture in medium to high risk professions such as quarrying and mining, behaviour- based transformation is necessary. On April 4 2019, the Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA), together with 235 participants from different companies and 25 barangays within the province of Rizal attended an emergency awareness and preparedness seminar at the Ynares Event Center in Antipolo City, Rizal.
“Aptly called the Bamboo Initiative, this endeavor seeks to create a synergy between the government and the private sector on how to effectively harness the power and potential of this grass for the revegetation and rehabilitation of mine sites across the country” says Dominguez.
“This initiative aims to fill in the missing gap on how mining companies can effectively answer our President’s demand for a ‘responsible’ mining industry. The conversation is just starting but the interest for this grass is growing. Bamboo can dynamically change the conversation both on a socio-economic and environmental level not only for our mines but for those affected by the mines” adds Dominguez.
The demand for construction aggregates may be big now, but it will get colossal in the years to come. Stone, being an essential component used in the construction of homes, factories, schools, hospitals and public infrastructure, makes Philippine quarries an important player in the nation’s economy, the Eastern Rizal Miner’s Association (ERMA) included.
Photos/Story by Maria Paula Tolentino, SEM Scribe Publishing House
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