Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest copper and gold producers in Southeast Asia, and a leader in right and principled mining in the country, was recently awarded as 2020 Best Mining Forest by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

The company garnered the 2020 Best Mining Forest, Exploration Category, and 3rd Runner-Up in 2020 Best Mining Forest, Metallic Category in virtual ceremonies of the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA).

This is not the first time that the company has garnered said award. The company and its subsidiaries have been consistent winners in national environmental programs and contests.

Recent awards include: Padcal mine, 2018 to 2020 Best Mining Forest – Exploration Category and 2020 3rd runner up and 2018 1st Runner up Best Mining Forest- Operating Mine Category, adding to its 10 best mining forest awards received in 2012, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1994 and 1991.

Silangan Mindanao Mining Company Inc. (SMMCI), on the other hand was first runner-,up in 2011 and 2015, second runner-up in 2014 and 2013, and third runner-up in 2010 on Best Mining Forest Contest (Exploration Category). SMMCI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philex Mining Corporation.