Friday, March 11, 2011

Zambales mining

  • Two mining companies operating in Zambales have expressed a keen interest in using the seaport facilities of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to export iron ore to China and other client countries in the Southeast Asian region.
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      • Olongapo City Subic Bay News Philippines
        In a meeting with SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga, CAZMIN Mineral Resources Corp. president and CEO Luis Ramos and CAZMIN director for marketing Ilias Sourdis, formally expressed their intention to export “black sand” products through the Port of Subic.

        Ramos said that CAZMIN and partner Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures, Inc. intend to utilize a 15,678-square meter open space at the Sattler Pier inside the Naval Supply Depot Compound of this free port for storage and shipping purposes.

        CAZMIN and Alexandra process iron ore sand, having existing mining operations at barangay Mabanglit in Cabangan town, San Rafael in San Marcelino, and Sampat in San Felipe, all in Zambales.

        “Actually, we contribute something to the environment because we practically dredge the lahar-clogged rivers of San Marcelino and San Felipe,” Ramos said, adding that their black sand product is “absolutely pollution-free, has no chemical and no hazardous smell.”

        Ramos said that in order to avoid contributing to traffic problems, especially in Olongapo City, the trucks they will use in hauling the ore will ply the route from the milling sites in Zambales to the Subic Bay Freeport only in the evening.

        The miners told Salonga that Zambales was known before as the chromite capital of the Philippines, but with big developments in China today, magnetite iron ore has become more important than chromite. (J. Reyes -
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  • The Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (Scad) is set to speed up harmonization of policies and regulations between the Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) and Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ).

    Scad Chairman Nestor S. Mangio said this came in the heels of a recent meeting of the Central Luzon Regional Development Council (RDC), where a draft of the Cen...See More
    3 minutes ago · ·
      • Olongapo City Subic Bay News Philippines
        In a statement, Mangio said the need for a transport mode interconnecting the two freeport zones was one of the strategies identified and included in the MTRDP draft, to ensure sustainable growth that would effectively reduce poverty in Central Luzon.

        "This year, we will be coordinating more with growth partners and the private sector with regard to policy structures to find ways to further harmonize policies and regulations between the two freeports to attract more investments," Mangio said.

        Under the draft, Scad is in charge of developing a "Global Gateway Program" aimed at strengthening the linkages between Subic, Clark and Tarlac's industrial estate.

        Scad is a government office mandated to rationalize resources and harmonize policies and strategies that shall ensure an integrated and coordinated approach to the development of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Corridor as a world-class mega logistics hub and global gateway to the Asia-Pacific Region.

        It is composed of the Department of Trade and Industry, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Clark Development Corporation, North Luzon Railways Corporation, and Clark International Airport Corporation.

        Covering five kilometers on each side of SCTEx, The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Corridor is a vast expanse of 98,000 hectares straddling between and across 10 municipalities of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga and Tarlac, and the cities of Olongapo, Angeles, and Tarlac. (Reynaldo Navales -

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