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BAGUIO CITY (14 November 2014) — The country’s players in the mining industry has awarded Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) for operating the “Safest Quarry Operations” in 2014 during the Safest Mines and Quarries Awards here tonight.
SEDC safety engineer Joel A. Sombelon also earned the merit as “Best Surface Safety Inspector” in what is considered as the Oscars equivalent in the Philippine mining industry during the 61st National Mine Safety and Environment Conference.
The awardees were judged by the members themselves of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) through a system similar to that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the movie industry in the US.
SEDC’s client Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) had thrice earned in recent years the award for operating the “Safest Mineral Processing Plant” in the cement plant category.
PMSEA handed the awards with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the organization’s president Louie R. Sarmiento and the agency’s director, Leo L. Jasareno.
SEDC operations manager Delfin A. Campo received from them the “Safest Quarry Operations” award with safety officer Lester Canoy and Sombelon, who also received separately his “Best Surface Safety Inspector” merit at Camp John Hay Trade and Cultural Center.
The award SEDC earned is granted to mining companies operating with at least 200,000 man-hours in three criteria: Compliance to Safety and Health Program – 50 percent, Safety Performance – 45 percent, and Evaluator’s Appreciation – five percent.
Sombelon got the merit being registered mining safety inspector with MGB. He has had no less than 2,000 actual man-hours on duty and supervised no less than 60,000 man-hours without loss time accident during the competition period.
In dedicating the award to SEDC and TCPI employees, Campo thanked them for their cooperation and commitment, especially in promoting their integrated management system on quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management.
He also recognized management’s continuing support and involvement in the safety programs as championed by SEDC director and chief technical adviser Takehito Oga, along with TCPI President and CEO Satoshi Asami and the plant manager Seiichi Nakamura, also SVP for operations.
PMSEA groups mining companies, quarries and cement plant operators, suppliers, service contractors, professional organizations and government agencies that advocate a national campaign for occupational safety and against health and environmental hazards of mining and its related operations.
Bestowed annually, the Safest Mines and Quarries Awards has the primary objective of creating greater consciousness, awareness, and elimination of occupational and environmental hazards in mining operations.