“Responsible Mining…in the Hearts and Minds of Filipinos”, is this year’s theme for the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC). Mostly held in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, different stakeholders of the minerals industry have gathered once again last November 21-24, 2017 at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center for different activities lined for the 4-day event.

Highlights of the ANMSEC include the 5th Community Relations’ Officers Conference and the Minerals Industry Symposium where Ms. Emma Rodelie M. Deverala, Information Officer of MGB-IX was one of the presenters. Her paper, co-authored by Roie-lee Cataluna, DVM of the National Meat Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture, is part of the research component of their Action Plan and Project paper, entitled “Institutionalization of the Convergence Area Development Plan: An engagement tool for poverty alleviation of the Subanen Indigenous People of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. This paper is a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPMRD) of the Development Academy of the Philippines, in consortium with Ateneo School of Government, University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Xavier University.

The MPMRD is a mechanism under the capacity building component of the Convergence Initiative framework to facilitate better governance of sustainable rural development by rural development oriented line agencies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Reform. Other major activities were the Minerals Industry Parade, Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competition and the Testimonial Dinner/Annual Awards Night.