The Philippines is a well-endowed country in terms of mineral resources. With its long history and experience in mining, it has demonstrated its very rich potential for copper, gold, nickel, chromite and other metallic minerals through the commercial operation of numerous mines. It is also abundant in non-metallic and industrial minerals such as marble, limestone, clays, feldspar, rock aggregates, dolomite, , and other quarry resources.
The country plays an important role in the world mineral resources due its relatively high mineral endowment ranking compared to its small land area. Based on past production and defined resources, the Philippine mineral endowment is second in the world for gold and third for copper.