The mining forum to be conducted on June 8 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here will highlight on the developments of the mining industry cluster in the region at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City.
The forum will also underline the accomplishments that have been achieved under the Advocacy on Responsible Mining (ARM) project.
ARM is a cluster initiative and advocacy campaign established to increase the awareness and acceptability of responsible mining in the 50 identified host communities/barangays in Cospostela Valley and Davao Oriental.
The ARM project is a part of the Davao Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (DICCEP), a JICA assisted capacity building project for the region’s industry clusters.
The forum is also aimed at coming-up with a sustainability plan as the assistance of JICA for DICCEP projects will end this June 2010.
Recent initiatives made by ARM contributed to investors renewed confidence to the industry as it provides programs that strengthens the institutional and technical capabilities of industry cluster teams. The Mining Industry Cluster is one of the eight industry clusters organized by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the DTI in coordination with JICA to effect the desired developments in the region in the form of job creation, economic growth and poverty reduction.
Members of the RDC and different stakeholders were invited to the forum which include among others, the academe, Local Government Units (LGUs) Environment and Natural Resources Offices (ENRO), religious and private sectors from the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. (PNA)