Board of Mining Engineering


Mining engineering was introduced to the Philippines by the Americans. By virtue of Republic Act No. 4274, also known as the “Mining Engineering Law,” the Board of Mining Engineering was created on June 19, 1965 to regulate the practice of the profession.

The Board was then lenient with the entry of foreign mining engineer practitioners since they owned or financed most of the country’s mining companies. The roll of mining engineers then was comprised mostly of American practitioners.

The first Board of Examiners was composed of government scholars from foreign mining engineering universities and well known for developing the country’s mines and mineral processing plants. They were Engrs. Jones R. Castro, David P. Cruz, Pablo Capistrano, Alfredo San Miguel, Regino Relova, and Vicente Roque, Jr.

The Code of Ethics of Mining Engineering was adopted on January 10, 1986. A few years later in 1994, the Board was given regulatory and quasilegislative functions, in addition to administering the licensure examinations. The move opened more doors for the Board to improve its operations. In 1994, the Board implemented the full computerization of its licensure examinations, thus releasing the examination results on the last day of the examination. It drafted the first syllabi for fully computerized mining engineering licensure examinations and established the first CPE Council for Mining Engineering to ensure the strict implementation of the Continuing Professional Education program.

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