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MGB RXIII, CREDO and PSEM hold Press Conference in Surigao City

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers Organization (CREDO Caraga), Inc. and the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers, held a press conference on June 14, 2018 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

The activity aimed to heighten public awareness of MGB’s environmental mandates and best practices of Caraga minerals industry in keeping with the 2018 Environment Month Celebration.  It also aimed to inform the public of the Mining Engineers’ Convention 2018 and its various activities in consonance with the PSEM and the mining stakeholders’ communal pursuit towards a revitalized minerals industry. The theme of the MinECon 2018 is Minerals-based Industrialization: Key to Philippine Economic Progress. In addition, the activity was aimed at strengthening the participation of and dialogue between the media and the mining stakeholders in achieving their common goals of ethical mining, ecological sustainability and authentic development.

MGB Caraga Regional Director Roger A. De Dios delivered the welcome remarks in appreciation of the participants’ support and in affirmation of the positive developments in the minerals industry.

The Philippine Information Agency Caraga Regional Office and reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits and Northern Mindanao Broadcasting System participated in the press conference. Members of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers, MinECon 2018 delegates as well as Resident Mine Managers, Community Relations Officers and a good number of personnel from Caraga mining companies attended the activity.

Engr. Armando L. Malicse, National President of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers, graced the press conference.  Also present during the activity were Engr. Artemio E. Valeroso, PSEM-Caraga Chapter President and Resident Manager of Taganito Mining Corporation, and Engr. Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr., Chief of MGB Cordillera Administrative Region’s Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division. Engr. Gacad served as the PSEM National President from 2014 to 2016.

Ms. Christie A. Apale, MGB RXIII Senior Science Research Specialist, gave a comprehensive presentation on Environmental Protection Programs and Best Practices of Mining Companies in Caraga Region. Ms. Apale discussed the following topics which comprised her presentation ― The Importance of Mining, Legal Basis, Environmental Governance, MGB Mandates, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program/ Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program, Contingent Liability and Rehabilitation Fund and Best Practices of Caraga mining companies.

After the presentation, reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits and Northern Mindanao Broadcasting System asked questions and raised various issues during the Question and Answer Session facilitated by Ms. Susil D. Ragas, Provincial Coordinator of Surigao del Norte and Province of Dinagat Islands Information Centers, who acted as the moderator.

Engr. Malicse informed the media practitioners that the highlight of the Mining Engineers’ Convention 2018 is the presentation of technical papers that will enhance the knowledge of the mining engineers. He shared that the vision of the PSEM is to capacitate its members to become globally competent mining engineers and that the society’s mission is to create opportunities for the mining engineers to learn. On the subject of the event’s theme, he stated that mining engineers believe that the country will go into car making, airplane making and other enterprises if the minerals industry will be strengthened and venture into industrialization utilizing the mineral potentials because the Philippines has the minerals as ingredients needed to produce high caliber metals in the world. Similarly, he stated that mining engineers also believe that industrialization will fly high if this sector is tapped in the society spearheaded by the government.

In response to a query regarding the essence of minerals-based industrialization raised by one of the media practitioners, Engr. Gacad stated that mining is not competing with other industries like agriculture and tourism but it can thrive with them. He suggested that everyone can work together in a manner that does not destroy one another. He also said that mining engineers believe that industrialization must happen in the country because it is blessed with mineral reserves. “Let’s look at industrial efforts that will allow the Philippines to manage its own resources in a manner where industrialization happens within the country and allow this industry to grow together with agricultural and tourism development,” he imparted.

Towards the end of the activity, Engr. Gacad commended the efforts of Dir. De Dios for holding a quarterly press conference in Caraga Region. He recommended that this quarterly press conference be replicated in other MGB Regional Offices.

A brief interaction between the media practitioners and the mining stakeholders ensued after the press conference.


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MGB RXIII and PSEM serve as coastal stewards in Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City

In keeping with the 2018 Mining Engineers’ Convention and Environment Month Celebration, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers served as coastal stewards on June 14, 2018 in Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City.

A coastal cleanup was MGB RXIII and PSEM’s immediate response to current overwhelming problems in plastic pollution and waste management.

Not just your average pick-up-that-dirt-by-the-seashore activity, the said cleanup was participated by 254 people comprising MGB RXIII personnel, PSEM members, MinECon delegates, Caraga mining company employees and members of Brgy. San Juan people’s organizations.

The activity started with an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign held at Brgy. San Juan Gymnasium highlighting the 2018 Environment Month Celebration theme “Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can’t Reuse It, Refuse It!” The IEC Campaign commenced with the short opening remarks of incumbent Barangay Captain Monina Caluna and newly-elected Barangay Captain Susan Godinez Galinea who both strongly expressed the urgency and importance in dealing with their barangay’s waste problem.  The two officials are very thankful that Brgy. San Juan was chosen as the location for the activity. Emceed by For. Enjie G. Pacillos-Cañete, the IEC Campaign had four resource speakers — Engr. Vince Ivan Libao of Taganito Mining Corporation gave a quick overview of nickel mining; Mr. Agapito S. Cuadra, a TMC marine biologist, talked about marine environment; and Messrs. Raul B. Tarpin and Mel Kevin C. Agunias of Surigao City Environment and Natural Resources Office talked about wastes, waste segregation and various products that can be made out of recycling such wastes. To formally start the coastal cleanup, the Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) OIC-Chief of MGB RXIII, Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante, laid emphasis on plastic waste collection and extended his gratitude for the participants’ keen involvement in the activity.

The high tide did not stop the participants who were divided into six groups from taking on the six predetermined areas along the coast of Brgy. San Juan in order to accomplish the cleanup. An hour later is an obviously cleaner coastline of the said barangay as a result of the cleanup.

 


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MGB RXIII joins DENR Caraga’s Environment Month and Philippine Eagle’s Week Celebrations

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII is one with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Caraga Regional Office in the celebrations of the Environment Month and Philippine Eagle’s Week during the Kick-off Activity on June 4, 2018 in Butuan City.

The theme of the 2018 Environment Month is Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it while the theme of the Philippine Eagle’s Week is Ipagdiwang ang Pagkakaisa para sa Malayang Agila.  The Environment Month Celebration covers the period of June 1-30, 2018 while the Philippine Eagle’s Week Celebration is from June 4-10, 2018.

The activity started with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral which was followed by a motorcade from Guingona Park to Robinsons Place Butuan where the program was held.  The DENR Caraga Regional Office and its line agencies such as Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Forest and Timber Resources Research Center, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Environmental Management Bureau, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and City Environment and Natural Resources Office participated in the activity.  On the same note, various government agencies, academic institutions, organizations such as the Caraga Mine Environment and Management Council and mining firms namely Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. and CTP Construction and Mining Corporation joined the said celebrations.

DENR Caraga Regional Director, Atty. Felix S. Alicer, delivered the Welcome Message which revolved around the theme of the celebration.  After giving a talk on the nature and brief history of plastic and environmental issues particularly plastic pollution, he welcomed everyone to the activity and urged them to beat plastic pollution in order to protect the environment.

Butuan City Councilor Cromwell P. Nortega represented Mayor Ronnie Vic C. Lagnada in the event and delivered his message about the environmental initiatives, programs and accomplishments of Butuan City particularly the Plastic Regulation Ordinance. Mayor Lagnada has approved the said ordinance that will regulate the use of plastics and plastic by-products which will be instrumental in the reduction of solid wastes in the city. SP Ordinance 5334-2017 was principally authored by SP Environment Committee Chair and Councilor Nortega together with Councilors Vincent Rizal C. Rosario and Derrick A. Plaza.

A short film on the great Philippine Eagle was also presented by the Philippine Eagle Foundation. The said foundation is a private non-profit organization that promotes the protection of the Philippine Eagle and its forest habitats.

At the Awarding of Certificates to Participating Agenices, City Councilor Cromwell P. Nortega, DENR Caraga Regional Director Felix S. Alicer, EMB Regional Director Wilson L. Trajeco, MGB Regional Director Roger A. De Dios, Dir. Conrado V. Marquez, Assistant Regional Director Rosendo A. Asunto and Assistant Regional Director Maritess M. Ocampo acknowledged and appreciated the active participation of the various government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations and private companies.

Towards the end of the activity, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a walk through the exhibits of DENR Caraga and its line agencies as well as the Philippine Eagle Foundation took place.  At the exhibit of MGB RXIII and the Caraga Mine Environment and Management Council, Groundwater Availability Maps and Geohazard Maps of Caraga Region and photographs showing the best practices of mining firms were displayed. A geologist from MGB RXIII explained the features and uses of the Groundwater Availability and Geohazard maps to interested viewers. Geohazard pamphlets and IEC materials along with magkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus)seedlings provided by Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. were also distributed.

 


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MGB RXIII and CREDO capacitate Community Relations Officers of Caraga minerals industry

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education and Development Officers Organization (CREDO) Caraga, Inc., conducted the two-day SDMP Capacity Enhancement Seminar for the Community Relations Officers in Caraga on May 30 to 31, 2018 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

Community Relations Officers and community organizers of mining companies and processing plants, together with the Social Development Section personnel of MGB RXIII, actively took part in the activity.  The training was facilitated by Dr. Rolando Cuaño and Ms. Marita Cuaño of BMP Environment and Community Care, Inc. in response to the program of Regional Director Roger A. De Dios to capacitate the Social Development and Management Program workforce of mining companies and processing plants together with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as the regulatory agency.

Aimed at making the SDMP workforce more capacitated and empowered through the internalization of the true objectives, scope, framework and methods of the SDMP, the training successfully attained the following objectives:

  1. Re-internalize the twin objectives of SDMP – Poverty Alleviation and Sustainability
  2. Re-assess the SDMP system – actors, rules, interconnectivities, feedback loops vis-à-vis the SDMP objectives and to formulate a system action plan
  3. Develop a working knowledge of the policies, standards, guidelines and procedures embodied in the SDMP/CDP Manual of Operation (MOO)
  4. Discuss and agree on enhancements and supports to the MOO
  5. Finalize, agree and commit to an SDMP System Action Plan

The methodology of the training comprised substantial lectures, in-depth discussions, intensive workshops and open-forum.  To strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the foundations and dynamics of the Social Development and Management Program, Dr. and Ms. Cuaño discussed these topics with emphasis:

  • The SDMP System: Elements, Interconnections, Function and Purpose
  • The SDMP Framework of THPAL
  • The Community Development Toolkit based on International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM): Assessment, Planning, Relationships, Program Management, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • SDMP Output and Outcome Indicators
  • Opportunity Ranking for SDMP Projects/Programs/Activities
  • Developing Project Plans

During the activity, Dir. De Dios emphasized that what has been approved by the Office should be implemented as planned.  No realignment or deviation should be allowed unless it is necessary and approved by the Regional Office.

The participants keenly took part in the workshops on Identification of Weaknesses of each player in the SDMP system (MGB, RHNC, MRFC, MMT, LGU and Community, among others) and The ICMM’s Development Opportunity Ranking based on the following criteria for ranking development opportunities:

  • Sustainability – Can the community keep the project running by itself after outside assistance has gone?
  • Productivity – Will the project substantially increase the availability of needed resources?
  • Equitability – Will the project benefit a broad cross-section of the community?
  • Cost – Will large amounts of external funding be needed?
  • Community contribution – Will the community be able and willing to contribute to the project (normally through an in-kind contribution)?
  • Technical feasibility – Does the project fit within the community’s norms?
  • Time needed – Will it take a long time for the community to reap the benefits of the project?

Towards the end of the workshops, group presentations on the outputs were made. Putting a premium on inclusive participation, the facilitators kept the discussion open and flowing allowing everyone to have a chance to fully participate and share views.


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MGB RXIII-Dinagat Satellite Office takes part in Earth Day Coastal Clean-up

In keeping with the 2018 Earth Day Celebration, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. Xlll-Dinagat Satellite Office took part in a coastal clean-up on April 20, 2018 at Santa Cruz in the Municipality of San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands.

With the theme “End Plastic Pollution,” the said activity was spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO-LGU) in partnership with local and national agencies as well as concerned civil society organizations.

The MGB RXIII-Dinagat Satellite Office personnel, headed at that time by Engr. Brenice Ann M. Gendeve-Castillo as the Officer-in-Charge, participated in the activity which commenced at 6:00 A.M. during low tide in Santa Cruz as their assigned area. Collected waste gathered by various groups were endorsed to the designated point per area of assignment for proper waste disposal.

In the Philippines, Earth Day was launched on April 22, 1990 to mark a global commitment to building a safe, just and sustainable planet. Then President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 553 on April 16, 1990 to raise the level of environmental awareness in support of Earth Day. In April 2008, Presidential Proclamation No. 1481 was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring April 22 of every year as the Philippines’ Earth Day.  The said decree enjoins concerned agencies to conduct environmental activities in collaboration with private sectors for the month of April every year.

On the same note, Proclamation No. 1482 was issued on April 10, 2008 declaring the month of April as the Month of Planet Earth in the Philippines, also known as the Philippines’ Earth Month, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as the primary agency that shall spearhead its observance.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated globally every April with various activities to promote and intensify environmental protection. This year’s Earth Day Celebration aims to promote reusable materials and put an end to plastic pollution. Plastic pollution poisons our water bodies and land masses, damages marine life and harms human health. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to provide substantial information and inspiration needed to radically change human behavior towards the use of plastic in order to catalyze a considerable reduction in plastic pollution.

 


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MGB RXIII conducts Training on the Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in coordination with Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council (CMEMC) through Caraga State University-College of Engineering and Information Technology (CSU-CEIT) professors, conducted a five-day Training on the Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) on March 12-16, 2018 at Hotel Oazis, Butuan City. This was participated by staff from Mine Environmental Protection and Enhancement Office (MEPEO) and Engineering Office of all Caraga mining companies and selected MGB RXIII technical staff.

The training objectives were to realistically come up with National Greening Program and Mining Forest Program spatial data, based on the 2012 National Greening Program standard requirement, that will eventually be reflected in the mobile application Environmentor and to generate a spatial data not just on rehabilitated areas but also disturbed areas in compliance with the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) requirements.

The training started with the installations of demo version and open-source GIS softwares on the participants’ respective laptops that will be used for the training program. Familiarization of these GIS softwares is very necessary for the participants to better understand the operational functionality of the tools, algorithms, interfacing and other commands within the said GIS softwares.

During the training period, the learning providers from CSU-CEIT introduced free download satellite images from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website for the learners to have the latest satellite imagery compared to the satellite imagery of Google Earth, especially on mine site areas with late google earth timeline. The downloaded rasterized satellite images were subjected to GIS software spatial data processing that will serve as vectorized image along with other sample data sets. These will be useful enough for spatial data publishing and analyzing.

Aside from GIS softwares, the participants were also taught how to use a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for marking and tracking. This will be interfaced with the aforementioned GIS softwares for actual geo-referencing of earthly features. Having done this, the participants were recommended to use a GPS receiver with built-in camera instead of those solely used for geotagging purposes only.

The training ended with the presentation of spatial data outputs per mining company followed by an open discussion on the details of how and when to comply with the spatial data requirements particularly the date of submission of spatial data, the schedule of validation with respect to submitted spatial data, the standardization of attributes “meta data” of spatial data and the incoming drone training for spatial data extraction and analysis.


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MGB RXIII, CREDO, CMCRI and CMSHC hold 1st Quarterly Press Conference

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers Organization (CREDO Caraga), Inc., Chamber of Mines of Caraga Region Incorporated (CMCRI) and Caraga Mine Safety and Health Council (CMSHC), held a press conference on March 16, 2018 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

The activity aimed to heighten public awareness of the assistance and rescue efforts of the Caraga minerals industry after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Basyang that inflicted loss of life and property damage.  It also aimed to inform the public of the state of small-scale mining activities in Caraga Region. In addition, the activity was aimed at strengthening the participation of and dialogue between the media and the mining stakeholders in achieving their common goals of ethical mining, ecological sustainability and authentic development.

The Philippine Information Agency Caraga Regional Office and reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits participated in the press conference. Resident Mine Managers, Community Relations Officers and a good number of personnel from Caraga mining companies attended the activity.

Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, MGB RXIII Geosciences Division Chief, gave a comprehensive presentation on the Assessment on the Effects of Tropical Storm Basyang in Caraga Region. Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante, OIC-Chief of MGB RXIII Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, presented the Effects of Tropical Storm Basyang on Caraga Mining Companies while Engr. Lilibeth P. Gimoto, Engineer III of MGB RXIII Mine Management Division, gave a presentation on Small-Scale Mining Updates in Caraga Region. In the same way, the Chamber of Mines of Caraga Region Incorporated (CMCRI) presented the Rescue and Relief Operations of Caraga Mining Companies after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Basyang. The photodocumentation of the rescue and relief operations was also shown.

After the presentations, reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits asked questions and raised various issues during the Question and Answer Session facilitated by Ms. Susil D. Ragas, Provincial Coordinator of Surigao del Norte and Province of Dinagat Islands Information Center, who acted as the moderator. Towards the end of the press conference, a brief interaction between the media practitioners and the mining stakeholder took place.


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MGB RXIII and CREDO conduct SDMP Rollout-Consultation and Reorientation

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education and Development Officers Organization (CREDO) Caraga, Inc., conducted the SDMP Rollout-Consultation and Reorientation on December 1-2, 2017 at the Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City.

Representatives of Caraga local government units, Community Relations Officers and official representatives of mining companies and processing plants, together with the Social Development Section personnel of MGB RXIII, took part in the activity. The Department of the Interior and Local Government – Caraga Regional Office also participated in the activity.

The training was facilitated by Dr. Rolando Cuaño and Ms. Marita Cuaño of BMP Environment and Community Care, Inc. in response to the program of Regional Director Roger A. De Dios to capacitate the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) workforce of mining companies and processing plants as well as the regulatory agency which is the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

Aimed at making the implementation of SDMP more systematic and sustainable and giving more emphasis to the livelihood component of the program, the training attained the following objectives:

  • Review the SDMP definition and the prescriptions of law and implementing rules and regulations
  • Distinguish the SDMP from other assistance programs or development plans
  • Consider the various findings and recommendations on the SDMP
  • Appreciate the key elements for a recalibrated SDMP – the tool to ensure that mining benefits the farmers and fishers, the marginalized and the disadvantaged
  • Best use of the SDMP for the sustained improvement of human well-being beyond mine closure

To intensify the participants’ knowledge of the foundations and dynamics of the Social Development and Management Program, Dr. Rolando Cuaño and Ms. Marita Cuaño discussed the following topics at length:

  • The Social Development and Management Program
  • SIA of Mining Projects and SDMP Performance Review
  • Target Beneficiaries of the SDMP
  • Ensuring Sustainability in the SDMP
  • Development Partnerships

During the activity, Dir. De Dios extensively discussed the SDMP Framework.  He gave emphasis to the importance of strict monitoring of mining operations, imposition of penalties on violations and immediate remediation of damages.

The participants actively took part in the open forums after the series of lectures and presentations. Towards the end of the activity, the participants shared their insights and learnings.


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MGB RXIII and CREDO hold 4th Quarterly Press Conference

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers (CREDO) Caraga, Inc., held the 4th Quarterly Press Conference on December 15, 2017 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

The press conference aimed to intensify public awareness of the current state of the Caraga minerals industry.  It also aimed to foster the participation of and dialogue between the media and the mining stakeholders in achieving the common goals of responsible mining, ecological sustainability and social development. MGB RXIII and CREDO also hope to forge collaborative ties with the media.

Reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits and various mining stakeholders participated in the press conference. The Philippine Information Agency of Caraga assisted MGB RXIII and CREDO in gathering the media practitioners for the activity. Resident Mine Managers, Community Relations Officers and a good number of personnel from Caraga mining companies attended the activity.

Regional Director Roger A. De Dios delivered the Welcome Remarks.  To keep the media abreast of current mining projects, Engr. Vingel A. Romero, Senior Project Coordinator of Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc., imparted SMMCI Project Updates. On the other hand, Mr. Jojo Thairon Tacumba, Resident Manager of Greenstone Resources Corporation, gave a comprehensive presentation on GRC’s Open-Pit Mining Method. Lastly, A Study of Acid Mine-Metal Leaching (AMD-ML) and Mining-Influenced Waters (MIW) in Philippine Copper Porphyry Projects was presented by Mr. Gabriel P. Pamintuan, Jr., PhD of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

After the presentations, reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits asked questions and raised various mining issues during the Question and Answer Session. Towards the end of the press conference, a brief interaction between the media practitioners and the mining stakeholders took place.


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MGB RXIII and Caraga mining firms participate in the 5th National Community Relations Officers’ Conference

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and Caraga mining firms participated in the 5th National Community Relations Officers’ Conference on November 22, 2017 at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Baguio City. The conference was organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in keeping with the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) on November 21-24, 2017.

The Community Relations Officers from different mining companies all over the Philippines attended the said conference with the theme, Consolidating Community Relations Work, Building Sustainable Mining Communities.

The conference started with the welcome remarks of Engr. Louie Sarmiento, PMSEA President.  Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, MGB Director, delivered the Keynote Address. Hon. Martin Slabber, the Ambassador of South Africa to the Philippines, also imparted some relevant inputs. The conference featured a plenary discussion on the topic SDMP Links to the UN SDGS: A Cost-Benefit Analysis and Proposed SDMP Awards Criteria with the Consultant of the Philippine Poverty-Environment Initiative and Technical Consultant of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Antonia Corinthia N. Naz. A discussion about Models of Sustainability in Community Development was steered by Dr. Rolando V. Cuaño of BMP Environment and Community Care, Inc.  The MSESDD Chief of MGB Central Office, Engr. Rodolfo L. Velasco, Jr., presented the Standards in Implementing the SDMP – Policy Review.

The benefits of mining have been elaborated by Mr. Al Harvey Galorio, PMSEA scholar, who shared how his scholarship has helped him and his family realize his goals and aspirations in life. Similarly, positive experiences of the mining communities were also shared and discussed.  Mike Marcelo, Dormili Ninge and Herminio Catiao shared the success of the projects managed by Berong Aramaywan Tagbanua Association, Inc. (BATA).  Fr. Rey Biliran also discussed the management of “Bus Program” wherein buses were multiplied as a result of cooperation among stakeholders. Mining companies have spent millions for their various Social Development and Management Programs (SDMP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) geared towards the socio-economic improvement of local communities. Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. (AMVI), through its Community Relations, Education and Development Staff, Mr. Kahlil Pope Tabernero, and an IP community member, Mr. Raymond Moron, reminisced on their challenging yet triumphant journey with the presentation entitled Touch of Agata to Mamanwa IP Community: Then and Now. A group called Diwata also shared the dynamic implementation of SDMP specifically on responding to its challenges during exploration, operation and closure phase.

An open forum was conducted twice after the series of presentations. The conference served as an excellent venue for sharing issues and challenges confronting the Community Relations Officers, community development workers and concerned stakeholders in the performance of their work and in the implementation of SDMP/CSR.


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