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18th Annual Technical Forum: An affirmation of MGB’s continuous pursuit of knowledge and professional development

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted the 2016 Annual Technical Forum with the theme “The Mineral Industry and The Geosciences: Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Times” on November 10-12, 2016 at the Widus Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

This year’s forum was hosted by MGB Regional Office No. III headed by OIC/Regional Director Lope O. Cariño, Jr.  Marking its 18th year, the said event is the first ever technical forum to be conducted outside Metro Manila.

As the keynote speaker, Regional Executive Director Israel C. Gaddi talked about his work stint at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. He challenged the participants to preserve their dignity and integrity as MGB employees. Reminding everyone of their great accountability as public servants, Dir. Gaddi urged the participants to serve the public to the best of their abilities, practice honesty in their work, evade corruption and learn to live with people in their workplace. In addition, he expressed his hope that there will be more entries for next year’s technical forum.

The members of the Board of Judges were Regional Director Arnulfo Cabantog, Engr. Ludwig John Pascual and Engr. Manuel Banaag.

The official logo of the 2016 Annual Technical Forum was a pinnately compound leaf which symbolizes thirst for knowledge and professional development of each MGB employee.

A total of 26 technical papers were presented and several posters were exhibited. MGB personnel who participated in trainings abroad were asked to present posters. These posters contained the background of the training, training objectives, components of the training and relevance to MGB’s thrusts and priority programs.

During the forum, productive discussions on the scope of the technical papers presented were deliberated. The forum is an avenue to share views, experiences, and find solutions in an integrated manner to solve pressing issues especially on environmental concerns.

MGB Regional Office No. XIII presented a paper entitled Geohazard Assessment of River Scouring and Historical River Morphology of Daywan River in Claver, Surigao del Norte.  The authors of the paper are Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, Chief of the Geosciences Division /Chief Geologist; Ms. Kate A. Boquilon, Geologist II; and Mr. Beda Louie O. Cagampang, Geologist II.  Ms. Boquilon presented the said technical paper.

As recipients of overseas trainings, three MGB employees took part in the poster presentation. Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado presented a poster about the Training Program on Capacity Development for Immediate Access and Effective Utilization of Satellite Information for Disaster Management. Component 1: Satellite Data Characteristics, Ways of Acquisition and Utilization for Post Disaster Analysis which was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 3-18, 2015. Ms. Cecilia S. Lerio-Consuegra attended the CCOP-JMG Advanced Course in Geochemical Analysis: Base Metals by ICP-OES and Gold by Fire Assay / Cupellation Techniques from March 8-15, 2015 at Kuantan, Pahang  Malaysia. Ms. Christie Q. Asumen-Apale participated in the User’s Operations Training Of Thermo Scientific NITON XL3t GOLDD+XRF Analyzer at Thermo Fischer Scientific (HK) Limited, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong last March 3-4, 2015.

At the awarding ceremony, the paper entitled Subsidence Hazard Susceptibility for Mabini, Bohol by Mr. Lawrence R. Zamora, Ph.D., Ms. Kristalyn B. Jarical, Ms. Ollyn T. Balignot, Mr. Jordan B. Gahisan and Mr. Danilo De Guzman of MGB Regional Office No. IX won the Best Technical Paper. Mr. Lawrence R. Zamora, Ph.D. was also given the Best Presenter Award. The Best Policy Paper was awarded to Engr. Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr. of MGB Cordillera Administrative Region for his paper entitled The Acupan Contract Mining Project (ACMP): Looking Back. The Best Poster Presentation hailed from Region III entitled Management of Acid Forming Waste Rocks and Tailing Storage Facilities presented by Engr. Arthur P. Eulogio.


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MGB ROXIII attends Orientation on Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII attended the Orientation on Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) for Five Component Cities of Caraga Region conducted by the Office of Civil Defense Caraga on September 2, 2016 at the Buenavista Hall of Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City.

The orientation was attended by participants from the Cities of Bislig and Tandag, Surigao del Sur and the City of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.

During the first session of the orientation, an overview of the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) was presented by Mr. Amado M. Posas, Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Division of OCD Caraga. Engr. Lita L. Vinalay, Chief Meteorological Officer of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) Butuan Station, discussed the revised Tropical Storm Category while Engr. Noel Ajoc of DOST Caraga explained the work and activities of their office and the use of technology for the PDRA. Mr. Jeffrey A. Ramo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Office talked about the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment. The role of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office in PDRA was discussed by Mr. Angel Bert A. Casimilio. The vulnerable areas in Caraga was presented by Ms. Graziella C. Harting of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Regional Office. On the last session of the orientation, Ms. Kate A. Boquilon, Geologist II, of MGB ROXIII discussed the activities and role of MGB particularly the Geosciences Division in PDRA.

As explained by Mr. Posas, Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment is important because it is the process that evaluates a hazard’s level of risk given the degree of exposure and vulnerability in a specific area. It plays a vital role in policy formulation and decision making for both public and private organizations and other stakeholders in disaster risk reduction. The said assessments are made in order to facilitate a proactive rather than reactive approach to natural disasters that would strike our country.

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MGB ROXIII personnel attend Presentation of PCIEERD-funded Projects and Research Proposal Writeshop

Personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII attended the presentation of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)-Funded Projects cum Research Proposal Writeshop on March 9-11, 2016 at the Function Hall of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XIII in Ampayon, Butuan City.

The three-day activity was a collaboration project between PCIEERD and the Eastern Mindanao Energy and Emerging Technology Research Alliance for Development (EMIEERALD). It was an incorporation of the presentation of the PCIEERD-funded projects and writeshop of research proposals for possible PCIEERD-funded projects for FY 2017.

In his message, the DOST R-XIII ARD for Technical Division, Mr. Ricardo N. Varela, emphasized the importance of holding the said activity because it is an avenue to discuss issues and concerns regarding EMIEERALD and possibly come up with viable research proposals that can be funded by the agency.

The following PCIEERD-funded and completed projects were presented by their respective research leaders:

  1. Design, Construction and Performance Evaluation of Solar Dryer with Oven Type Biomass Burner as Backup Heater
  2. Rainfall Spatial Analysis in Butuan City
  3. Assessment on Groundwater Resources Affected by Small Scale Mining in Brgy. Maibu, Butuan City

The third research project tackled the groundwater resources affected by small-scale mining operations. The said research study shows that hazardous chemicals such as cyanide and mercury are not used in small-scale mining operations in Brgy. Maibu, Butuan City. On the other hand, the presence of coliform in the area is said to be highly alarming.

During the open forum, some participants sought clarification on the conduct and method of the research study considering that cyanide and mercury are commonly used in small-scale mining operations in Brgy. Maibu. A participant from Butuan City supported the result of the study and stated that no presence of mercury and cyanide were detected in the area based on their own monitoring and validation.

Ms. Laarni T. Politon, one of the resource speakers, commended the results of the completed funded projects. She encouraged the participants to formulate research proposals for FY 2017 that could possibly be carried out for funding.

At the end of the activity, seven new research proposals were formulated by various institutions that joined the activity.  According to Ms. Politon, the seven proposals are promising enough and could possibly be funded by PCIEERD. The installation of automated water sprinklers is one of the research proposals. This equipment will be designed to minimize dust generated by mining operations. It will be installed most particularly on roads commonly used by mining companies that pass through urban areas of host communities.

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Regional Development Council endorses FY 2017 Budget Proposals of MGB ROXIII, Regional Line Agencies and State Colleges and Universities

The Regional Development Council of Caraga endorsed the FY 2017 Budget Proposals of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, regional line agencies and state colleges and universities during the 86th Regional Development Council Meeting on March 2, 2016 at the National Economic and Development Authority Conference Room in Butuan City.

The full council meeting was presided by Surigao del Norte Provincial Governor Sol F. Matugas in her capacity as Regional Development Council Chairperson.  The RDC Vice Chairperson, NEDA Caraga Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, presented the 2016 Regional Development Council Work and Financial Plan. Director Cariño also presented the Analysis of the Budget of Caraga Region for the past three years and the FY 2017 Caraga RDC Budget Review Process.

The highlight of the meeting was the endorsement of the FY 2017 Budget Proposals of Regional Line Agencies and State Colleges and Universities which were presented according to their respective committees, namely, Development Administration Committee, Economic Development Committee, Infrastructure Development Committee and Social Development Committee.

The Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee Chairperson, Hon. Dale B. Corvera, presented a resolution for endorsement. The endorsement of RDC XI Resolution No. 56, Series of 2015 entitled “Endorsing to Philippine Congress to Review and Consider Amendments to RA 8291 and Related Laws on Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Retirement Packages” was approved by the council.

As the Philippine National Police Regional Director, PCSupt. Rolando B. Felix presented the Peace and Security Situationer of Caraga Region. The PNP Regional Director underscored the significant improvement of PNP operations based on illegal drug confiscation and other crimes as compared to CY 2014.

Prior to the endorsement of budget proposals, the RDC conducted the Regional Development Council – Economic Development Committee (RDC-EDC) Budget Consultation with the Civil Society Organization wherein the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and various regional line agencies presented their respective FY 2017 Budget Proposals.

The activity ended with the endorsement of all budget proposals to Philippine Congress for review, consideration and approval.

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MGB ROXIII participates in the CSU MEM and MSCS Program Stakeholder Evaluation Workshop

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII representative, Mr. Carl Orven C. Eludo, attended the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Science in Crop Science (MSCS) Program Stakeholder Evaluation Workshop on February 27, 2016 at the Caraga State University Conference Room in Butuan City.

The main purpose of the workshop is for CSU to collect inputs from the stakeholders in its plan for the revision and consolidation of both master’s courses into one. CSU encouraged the various stakeholders to help them formulate the right subjects that should be offered for the said course. Dr. Rowena P. Valera also explained that the planned consolidated Master’s Degree will be offered through a ladderized program and in modular type once it is approved.

The following workshops were conducted, to wit:

  1. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT Analysis) by Engr. Calomot;
  2. MEM and MSEM Program Revision facilitated by Engr. Calomot; and
  3. Identification of Measures and Approaches in Implementing Revised MEM and MSCS Program.

At the end of the activity, Dr. Valera expressed her gratitude to the stakeholders for their participation in the workshop and promised that the inputs from various stakeholders through the workshop outputs shall be presented to the University President for further deliberation and approval.

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MGB ROXIII and various national line agencies present respective FY 2017 Budget Proposals at the RDC-EDC Budget Consultation with the Civil Society Organization

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and various national line agencies presented their respective FY 2017 Budget Proposals at the Regional Development Council – Economic Development Committee (RDC-EDC) Budget Consultation with the Civil Society Organization on February 24, 2016 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center in Butuan City.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director, Ms. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, emphasized the importance of the said consultation in her Welcome Remarks. Dir. Cariño stressed that it is one of the requirements prior to the endorsement of the proposed budget to national level. The presence of the Civil Society Organization shows its significant role in the budget formulation of each agency. She also gave a presentation on the Regional Budget Guidelines for FY 2017.

Engr. Emmanuel Z. Gidacan, Chief EDS of NEDA, presented the mechanics of the workshop.  After the presentation, the participants were divided according to the following sectors with their respective assigned facilitators, to wit;

  1. Development Administration   Ms. Michelle P. Dela Calzada
  2. Economic Sector                         Engr. Emmanuel Z. Gidacan
  3. Infrastructure Sector                 Ms. Gemima A. Olam
  4. Social Sector                                Ms. Jazmin D. Berido

 

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII is a member of the Economic Sector. Mr. Carl Orven C. Eludo, Planning Officer Designate, presented the MGB ROXIII FY 2017 budget proposal to the members of the Economic Sector and to the invited Civil Society Organization representatives for their comments and suggestions.

MGB Regional Director Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr.  explained that MGB’s budget application of the Bottoms-Up-Budgeting (BUB) is through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) wherein the identification of its programs and projects start from the community level. SDMP has also applied the concept of Public Private Partnership as its formulations involve the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as the government representative, the mining companies as the private sector and the community as the beneficiary.

Prior to the budget consultation, each national line agency was required to invite one Civil Society Organization with direct or indirect involvement in the office operation to participate in the budget presentation in order to gain information on how the office budget was formulated. As the sole CSO having close coordination with the MGB ROXIII operation through the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) and Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) activities as the monitoring arm of MRFC, Reach Foundation was invited by MGB ROXIII to take part in the budget consultation.

The activity ended with the hope that the proposed budgets of all national line agencies will be endorsed and eventually approved by Congress for the realization and implementation of their respective programs, activities and projects for FY 2017.

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MGB ROXIII and mining firms support People’s Day of Surigao del Norte

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and mining firms supported the People’s Day of Surigao del Norte on February 12, 2016 at the Provincial Gymnasium in Surigao City.

With the theme “Gugma Serbisyo sa Katawhan,” the event is a project of the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte with the support of national line agencies.  Regional Director Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr. and a good number of MGB ROXIII personnel took part in the event which constituted of medical services, job fair, NBI Clearance processing, market day, free trainings and technical assistance, and cooperative registration.

The event started with a motorcade, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an opening program where City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, Provincial Governor Sol F. Matugas, Congressman Francisco T. Matugas and Atty. Mary Ann Lucille Sering delivered words of welcome and messages of inspiration.  In her message, Governor Sol F. Matugas  underscored that the People’s Day is a big event that people can really enjoy and avail themselves of various services that will benefit them in keeping with the mandate of the Provincial Government to focus on the welfare of the people through various services.

During the Ceremonial Turnover of Projects and Assistance, Regional Director Dominga D. Mallonga of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) turned over Project HANDA Server, Starbooks, PCTC equipment and a capping machine while Regional Director Johnson G. Cañete of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) turned over a decorticating machine.  As for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid turned over a check for scholars and livelihood assistance.  In appreciation of the said turnover of projects and assistance, Provincial Vice Governor Arturo Carlos A. Egay, Jr. delivered a message of gratitude.

Participating national line agencies offered the following services throughout the day:

  • National Bureau of Investigation – NBI Clearance Processing
  • Department of Foreign Affairs – Mobile Passporting
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Distribution of seedlings and regulatory checklist for the acquisition of land
  • Department of Agrarian Reform – Legal Cliniquing
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development – Public Help Desk (adoption, foster care, etc.) and advocacy activity
  • Department of Trade and Industry – Business Name Registration Processing
  • Department of Education (Surigao del Norte) – Programs and Projects, Alternative Learning System and K to 12
  • Provincial Health Office – Medical Services
  • Department of Science and Technology – Information Desk
  • Commission on Higher Education – Scholarship Programs
  • Public Attorney’s Office – Free Legal Services

Mining firms such as Taganito Mining Corporation, Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, Platinum Group Metals Corporation, Greenstone Resources Corporation, Hinatuan Mining Corporation and Cagdianao Mining Corporation participated in the job fair to give information to potential employees.  A number of recruitment agencies and private companies also participated in the job fair to give information on local and overseas employment. Mobile passporting and other services were offered until February 14.


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MGB holds 2015 Annual Technical Forum

The DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau held its 2015 Annual Technical Forum on November 12 to 14, 2015 at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites in Tagaytay City.

With the theme of “Issues and Challenges Towards Innovations in Geosciences and the Mineral Industry,” the forum started with a program wherein MGB Director Leo L. Jasareno delivered his opening remarks. In his message, Dir. Jasareno challenged and encouraged everyone to undertake continuous learning and establish a bureau that is a ‘manufacturing plant’ of expert scientists. “The 2015 Annual Technical Forum is part of the process of sustaining this sharing of information. I look forward to the next forum where I think we will just put our hearts into it that an academy maybe emplaced in the next two years for the first time. There is always a first time and we must always endeavor to hit the ground running,” he said. Engr. Jeremias L. Dolino, Executive Vice President/COO of Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation, was the keynote speaker during the forum. Laying emphasis on innovation and undertaking the learning process, Engr. Dolino stated that the participants must not cease to learn if they want to lead.

The overview and history of the MGB Technical Forum was narrated by Ms. Lilian A. Rollan, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee. She informed everyone that the 2015 Annual Technical Forum is the 18th technical forum conducted since the first ever forum held on February 7 to 9, 1990 at the Petrolab of MGB Central Office. The MGB Technical Forum Organizing Committee made seven (7) innovations to improve this year’s forum. These include the selection of a venue which is situated outside Metro Manila for the first time; start of rotation of host or turnover of organizing committee to other regional office every year; composition of a theme; conduct of a logo making contest; creation of two categories namely technical and policy papers; acceptance of poster presentation entries and designation of names in forum sessions in honor of past MGB personalities and their proper introduction in order to serve as inspirations to the present MGB community.

The board of judges was composed of Dr. Karlo L. Queaño, Ms. Nelia C. Halcon and Ms. Gladiola M. Bagadiong who are respected individuals in their own fields. Most of the topics from Day 1 were about the geohazards identified in different regions. Day 2 topics were mostly about mining related studies.

Engr. Junrey D. Paronda, Engineer II of Survey Section, was the presenter from MGB Regional Office No. XIII. He was accompanied by Ms. Kate A. Boquilon, GeologiTech2016_2st II and Ms. Ana S. Bajao, Economist II. Engr. Paronda presented his technical paper on Day 2. His study entitled “Stockpile Volumetric Survey Conducted in Adnama Mining Resource Inc. (AMRI) Located in Brgy. Urbistondo, Claver, Surigao del Norte” gained positive feedbacks from the participants who are in agreement with the objectives of the study, namely, to validate data and to promote transparency in the declared volume for stockpile inventory of the mining companies.

Toward the end of the forum, MGB Regional Office No. III (Central Luzon) was selected by lot as the host to the 2016 MGB Annual Technical Forum. At the awarding ceremony, the technical paper entitled “Recovery of Nickel from Low Grade Philippine Laterite Ores by Agitated Atmospheric Leaching” by Ms. Chris G. Arnejo and Engr. Rey Perucho of MGB Central Office won the Best Technical Paper. The Best Policy Paper was awarded to Ms. Rhoda M. Noble of MGB Central Office for innovating the “Scorecard for SHES Performance.” The Best Poster was from Region 6 entitled “Training on the Operation and Data Analysis of PulseEKKO” presented by Dr. Leilanie O. Suerte. The first ever Best Presenter Award was given to Mr. Ross Dominic D. Agot of MGB Central Office. The winner of the logo making contest was Ms. Mikey Bondal of MGB Central Office. Her winning entry will be the 2016 Annual Technical Forum logo.

The 2015 Annual Technical Forum concluded with closing remarks from the new MGB OIC/Assistant Director, Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng, in which he expressed his gratitude and encouraged everyone to constantly support MGB events and undertakings for the advancement of the workforce and the bureau itself.

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MGB R13 supports 2015 Division Science Quest, Fair, Quiz, Yes-O and Training Camp

Personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII supported the 2015 Division Science Quest, Fair, Quiz, Yes-O and Training Camp on September 30 to October 4, 2015 at the Surigao del Norte National High School in Surigao City.

With the theme “Quality Science Education: A Key to Developing Resilient Schools and Communities,” the event started with a program at the Provincial Convention Center where Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, MGB ROXIII Geosciences Division Chief, delivered a message which pulsated with wisdom, inspiration and vitality.

In his message, Mr. Dalodado stated that one of the major mandates of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is the assessment of geologic hazards, specifically landslides and floods, which will result in the production of geohazard susceptibility maps for the efficient disaster risk reduction management of communities.In the same way, he stated that the Bureau is also responsible for the translation of the technical information in a form that will be more easily understood by the general public.

Mr. Dalodado emphasized that the Bureau highly recognizes the vital role of educators in disseminating information from the practitioners to the youth in more innovative ways and guiding the future generations to adopt a responsible stance on matters concerning the safety and welfare of the people and the environment.  “May each and every one celebrate this year’s event in a spirit of cooperation and healthy competition.  We know for a fact that your preparations started with your capacity and ingenuity.  You represent your schools with the hope of bringing back home the fame and honor as winners. Nevertheless, everyone in this crowd is a winner!  You are the crème de la crème, whom we look forward to as our successors and forever be the stewards of Mother Earth,” Mr. Dalodado said.

The MGB ROXIII personnel served as judges in the Extemporaneous Speaking, Essay Writing, PowerPoint Presentation, and On-the-Spot Art Competitions which were simultaneously held on October 2. They also prepared the test papers and facilitated the Science Quiz for Grade Levels 3 to 12.  One of the featured competitions in the fair was the Yes-O exhibits prepared by Yes-Os of various secondary schools.  The exhibits showcased the schools’ environmental projects and accomplishments in relation to natural disaster preparedness and other green initiatives.

The Department of Education (DepED), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), established the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (Yes-O) on September 1, 2003.  As the only recognized co-curricular environmental club or organization in the schools, it consolidates all other environmental and/or ecology clubs or organizations in school. The Yes-O is a significant venue for students’ actions, movements and advocacies toward safeguarding and conserving the environment for future generations.

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MGB R13 Participates in the Agusan River Basin Summit

The Agusan River Basin Summit was held on September 3 to 4, 2015 at Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Regional Office and the Mindanao Development Authority MinDA) led the summit.  All stakeholders from Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Butuan City actively participated in the two-day summit.The Agusan River Basin Summit was held on September 3 to 4, 2015 at Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Regional Office and the Mindanao Development Authority MinDA) led the summit.  All stakeholders from Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Butuan City actively participated in the two-day summit.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII representative, Ms. Marietta P. Tumulak, is one of the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG). The Agusan River Basin Organization (ARBO) was formally organized on the second day of the summit. Bishop Juan de Dios D. Pueblos, DD is the ARBO Chairperson.  The ARBO is the body responsible for the implementation of conservation and development strategies for the river basin.

The summit culminated in the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement which affirms the organization’s commitment to the sustainable management of the Agusan River Basin.


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