The department shall be the primary, government Agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country's environment and natural resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as maybe provided by law in order to ensure equitable sharing the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.
The Philippines - a country of blue skies lush forests, clean waters and bountiful land; a strong nation of empowered people, living in dignity, at peace with each other, and in harmony with nature.
Fully recognizes that the development of a responsive policy framework in partnership with stakeholders to govern mineral exploration, mining and investment decisions and an effective institutional structure, are fundamental requisites for the sustainable utilization of the country's mineral resources. The need for restoration and rehabilitation of mining affective areas and the development and adoption of environmental and geo-scientific technologies.
“A mining and minerals industry that is not only prosperous but also socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, with broad community and political support while positively and progressively assisting in the Government’s program on poverty alleviation and contribution to the general economic well-being of the nation.”
Mandate and Functions
|Directly in charge in the administration and disposition of the country's mineral lands and mineral resources;|
|Undertake geoscientific and researches in the fields of land and marine geology, mining, mine environment, metallurgy, economics, and mine geodetic surveys;|
|Recommends to the Secretary the granting of Mineral Agreements and endorses to the Secretary, for approval by the President, the granting of Financial or Technical Assistance Agreements (FTAA);|
|Provide laboratory and other technical services to the public and other government entities;|
|Provide technical assistance to local government units in their performance of devolved functions on small-scale mining quarry/sand and gravel mining operations;|
|Provide staff support and technical advisory to the Office of Secretary on mining and geology matters; and|
|Acts as Secretariat to the Mines Adjudication Board (MAB).|
|To realize its vision for the industry, MGB subscribes to the core requirements of Sustainable Development as applied to mining and geosciences;|
|- Protection and rehabilitation of the environment;|
|- Promotion of social and community stability;|
|- Preservation of options for future generations;|
|- Competitive and prosperous mining industry; and|
|- Provide technical assistance to local government units in their performance of devolved functions on small-scale mining and quarry/sand and gravel mining operations.|