Mines bureau seeks Aussie help for mapping

Mines bureau seeks Aussie help for mapping


Australia – THE MINES and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is seeking A$1.9-million funding from the Australian Agency for International Development to make electronic versions of mining maps.

“The electronic versions of maps and the networking [of data] are to reduce the time in processing of papers,” MGB Director Horacio C. Ramos said in an interview yesterday.

The Mines bureau presented the proposal during the Philippines-Australia Ministers Meeting early this month.

The digitized maps will show mining areas that can be applied for permits by mining companies and possible mineral reserves, Mr. Ramos said.

Digitizing of maps is expected to “improve the processing of applications and administration of mining tenements, and improve access to mining tenement information,” a copy of the proposal read. “When applications are filed in regions, we will quickly know if that area is already occupied by other companies,” Mr. Ramos explained in Filipino.