Miners display skills in last day of week-long Baguio convention

November 17, 2012 12:44 am 

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 16 — Some 700 miners who are members of the Philippines Mining Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) demonstrated on Friday their various mining skills including on drilling and rescue operations.

At least 16 prominent mining firms in the country participated in a parade around downtown Baguio on Friday for the culminating activities of their week-long convention.

The skills demonstrated were among the essential activities in mineral extraction which, at times, are hazardous and complicated.

In the rescue demonstrations, the scenarios depicted included flooded tunnels, cave-ins, and emission of poisonous gas where a number of miners were supposedly trapped or became unconscious.

A good number of spectators interestingly witnessed the contests as many families are dependent on the indigenous industry which remain viable due to Benguet's remaining deposits of gold and copper ores.

PMSEA president Louie Sarmiento said the winners in the various mining demonstrations will be awarded in the closing ceremonies at Camp John Hay Friday night. (PNA)

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