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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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MGB RXIII and Caraga mining firms take part in the 64th ANMSEC Minerals Industry Symposium

            The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII and Caraga mining firms took part in the Minerals Industry Symposium on November 23, 2017 at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Baguio City. The symposium was one of the primary activities held during the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) on November 21-24, 2017.

The ANMSEC is a yearly gathering of mining firms in the country wherein the best practices in the industry’s social development, environmental protection and enhancement management and safety programs are highlighted and recognized. The theme of the 64th ANMSEC is Responsible Mining… In the Hearts and Minds of Filipinos. This year’s symposium was a stimulating venue for more than 900 mining stakeholders who were updated on the latest developments in the fields of mining and geosciences.

            The symposium was graced by the Representative of the Lone District of Kalinga, Hon. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang, as the Keynote Speaker. In his speech, he encouraged the mining industry to go beyond compliance in raising the standards for safe and responsible mining in the country to achieve the goal of a prosperous nation. Several technical presentations in the fields of geology and mining were presented by researchers affiliated with exploration and operating mining firms, consultancy groups, academe and government agencies. Topics ranged from geology (The discovery of copper-gold-magnetite skarn deposit in Labo, Paracale, Camarines Norte), economic (Valuation of mineral projects) to mining matters (Paste backfill system of Didipio underground project), among others.

            Three presenters hailed from mining firms in Caraga Region, namely, Agata Mining Ventures Inc., Taganito Mining Corporation and Hinatuan Mining Corporation. They showcased the researches and innovations they have implemented in their respective Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programs. These companies were also chosen as recipients of the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) as Platinum Awardees for achieving a degree of superior performance in environment, safety and health and social development and management programs.

            An open forum gave the participants an opportunity to clarify some points in the presentations and raise issues and concerns about the mining operations of companies in the country. As always, a very stimulating discussion on varying issues took place. Towards the end of the symposium, all mining stakeholders agreed to accept the challenge to continually improve the mining industry and to intensify their IEC efforts in order to bring forth the industry’s positive contribution to the economy and its role in environmental protection and social development of mining communities.


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MGB RXIII and CREDO conduct Training on SDMP and Participatory Project Planning

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education and Development Officers Organization (CREDO) Caraga, Inc., conducted a three-day Training on SDMP and Participatory Project Planning on August 18 to 20, 2017 at the Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City.

Community Relations Officers and official representatives 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 (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 successfully attained the following objectives:

  • internalize the true objectives, scope, framework and methods of the SDMP;
  • focus on the target beneficiaries of the SDMP and thoroughly understand their circumstances and the appropriate development strategies;
  • appreciate the importance and key success factors of partnerships in the SDMP;
  • understand the elements, criteria, and indicators of sustainability and their incorporation into the SDMP;
  • internalize the elements, steps, and checklists for participatory planning and project planning; and
  • develop project plans consistent with the elements, steps and checklists.

The methodology of the training comprised substantial lectures, in-depth discussions, intensive workshops and comprehensive diagnostic tests.  To strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the foundations and dynamics of the Social Development and Management Program, Dr. Rolando Cuaño and Ms. Marita Cuaño discussed these topics at length:

  • The SDMP: Truths and Misconceptions
  • The Target Beneficiaries and their Profiling
  • Development Partners and Forging Synergies and Controls
  • Ensuring Sustainability in the SDMP
  • Basic Elements and Steps in Participatory Planning
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Developing Project Plans

During the activity, Dir. De Dios discussed the SDMP Framework.  He underscored the importance of strict monitoring of mining operations, imposition of penalties on violations and immediate remediation of damages.  On the same note, he reiterated the drive of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to put the mining industry in a better light after having suffered from a precarious state through negative publicity.  “The Mines and Geosciences Bureau should produce more output for the good and advancement of the mining industry,” Dir. De Dios stated.

The participants keenly took part in the workshops on the Identification of Development Partners and Assessing Their Strengths and Weaknesses; Sustainability – Elements, Criteria and Indicators; Why SDMP Project Fails; and the Development of Project Plans.

Towards the end of the workshops, group presentations on the outputs were made. The participants also shared their insights and learning experiences which the MGB RXIII Staff and training facilitators appreciated and took note of.


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MGB RXIII leads 2017 Environment Month Celebration of Caraga minerals industry

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII led the 2017 Environment Month Celebration of the Caraga minerals industry.

MGB RXIII, in cooperation with the Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council and the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers Organization (CREDO), Inc., conducted a four-day Information, Education and Communication Caravan in select areas within Caraga Region which culminated in a Press Conference in Butuan City.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Connecting People to Nature” which encourages us to think about how we are part of nature and how we independently depend on it. In line with the theme, the caravan aimed to educate people from non-mining communities how the minerals industry plays its role in the utilization of vast mineral resources and the efforts made by mining companies to give back to nature measures for protection and enhancement and social development. The following mining companies took part in various activities during the 2017 Environment Month Celebration:

  • AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration & Development Corporation Parcel 1
  • AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration & Development Corporation Parcel 2B
  • Adnama Mining Resources Incorporated
  • Agata Mining Ventures Incorporated
  • Cagdianao Mining Corporation
  • Carrascal Nickel Corporation
  • CTP Construction and Mining Corporation
  • Greenstone Resources Corporation
  • Hinatuan Mining Corporation
  • Manila Mining Corporation
  • Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation
  • Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation
  • Oriental Synergy Mining Corporation
  • Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation
  • Philsaga Mining Corporation
  • Platinum Group Metals Corporation
  • Silangan Mindanao Mining Company Inc.
  • Sinosteel Philippines HY Mining Corporation
  • SR Metals Incorporated
  • Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation
  • Taganito Mining Corporation
  • Wellex Mining Corporation I & II
  • Westernshore Nickel Corporation

IEC Caravan in Loreto
A total of 423 participants attended the IEC Caravan on June 27, 2017 at the Loreto Municipal Gym in Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands. The caravan started with a tree planting activity at the Linao Spring Resort in Brgy. Esperanza where participants planted a total of 500 seedlings of agoho (Casuarina equisetifolia), mangkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus) and sagimsim (Syzygium albayanse). During the program,mining companies engaged the enthusiasm and participation of high school students who keenly took part in the lectures and trivia games.

IEC Caravan in Surigao City
Approximately 194 participants gathered on June 28, 2017 at the Go Negosyo Center Function Hall in Capitol Compound, Surigao City for the second leg of the IEC Caravan. The tree planting activity was held at Macalaya Elementary School in Placer, Surigao del Norte. A total of 204 seedlings of mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), agoho (Casuarina equisetifolia), mangkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus), ipi-ipil (Leucaena leucocephala) and Acacia mangium species were planted in the school grounds by representatives of mining companies along with elementary pupils of the school. A total of 124 seedlings were donated to the teachers of the same school which is partly in compliance of Surigao del Norte mining companies with the Adopt-A-School Program (Arbor Day) in which the seedlings and other logistics for the activity are provided.

During the caravan, the media practitioners appreciated the presentations specifically on the economic contributions of mining, environmental mitigating measures implemented for the AEPEP and the social development projects realized through the SDMP. They expressed that IEC programs should be enforced so that people especially from non-mining communities will become aware of what the minerals industry has contributed to society as well as to correct misconceptions about the industry.

IEC Caravan in Cantilan
The third day of the IEC Caravan was conducted on June 29, 2017 at the Cantilan Municipal Gym in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. A total number of 384 participants attended the caravan and participated in the tree planting activity at the roadside of Brgy. Consuelo. Approximately 500 narra (Ptericarpus indicus) seedlings were planted.

Prior to the program, participants enjoyed the games and distribution of company souvenirs from Surigao del Sur mining companies (CNC, MMDC and CTPCMC). The academe actively took part in the open forum as they sought updates from companies on their recent programs for environmental protection and social development. MGB RXIII assured the academe that there is an improvement with regard to the programs of mining companies. It was underscored that livelihood programs will be the top priority of MGB RXIII in the coming years. Strengthened partnership from mining stakeholders, specifically the academe, is encouraged in the field of research and development which is deemed most beneficial to come up with effective mine rehabilitation strategies.

IEC Caravan in Butuan City
The last leg of the caravan was held on June 30, 2017 at the Caraga State University in Ampayon, Butuan City with a total of 315 participants. The tree planting activity was held at the CSU Forest Park which signified the participants’ responsibility and contribution as stewards of the earth. A total of 230 seedlings of narra (Ptericarpus indicus), toog (Petersianthus quadrialatus) and almon (Shorea almon) were planted within the school grounds.

CSU emphasized its appreciation to the contributions of the minerals industry to the lives of its students who were granted scholarships through the SDMP. The industry has also donated a laboratory with equipment for ore sample preparations. Similarly, the industry is also an active partner in the research and development endeavors of the academe. During the program, the energetic crowd of students and representatives of people’s organizations heartily took part in the trivia games related to the presentations.

The details on the topics and corresponding speakers during the four-day Caraga-wide IEC Caravan are as follows:

Location

Speaker 1 Importance of Mining

Speaker 2
State of Caraga Minerals Industry

Speaker 3 Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program

Speaker 4 Social Development and Management Program

Day 1
Loreto
Franklin Jardeleza (CMC) Francis Glenn N. Suante (MGB RXIII) Jjam S. Cutillas (LMC) Ma. Rosie Limpioso (OSMC)
Day 2
Surigao City
Merry Day Palma (PGMC) RD Roger A. De Dios (MGB RXIII) Robert T. Francisco (TMC) Aaron Paul T. Duhaylungsod (HMC-TNP)
Day 3
Cantilan
Karen Joy de Guzman (CTP CMC) RD Roger A. De Dios (MGB RXIII) Manuel Torres (MMDC) Karen Gacosta (CNC)
Day 4
Butuan City
Beann A. Natural (SRMI) RD Roger A. De Dios (MGB RXIII)) Jesalyn A. Guingguing (AMVI) Jeanette G. Celedio (PMC)

Press Conference
The Press Conference was held on June 30, 2017 at the Almont Inland Resort and Convention Center in Butuan City. It aimed to heighten public awareness of the current state of Caraga minerals industry. In the same way, it aimed to foster the participation of and dialogue between the media and the mining stakeholders in achieving their common goals of responsible mining, ecological sustainability and social development.  The MGB also hopes to forge collaborative ties with its media colleagues in the promotion of accountability, transparency and equity.

Representatives of Butuan City media outfits; Philippine Information Agency Caraga Regional Office; Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council and the Community Relations, Education and Development Officers Organization (CREDO), Inc., participated in the press conference. Resident Mine Managers, Mine Environmental Protection and Enhancement Officers, Community Relations Officers and a good number of personnel from mining companies were also present.

 DENR Caraga Regional Director Charlie E. Fabre graced the press conference.  In his message, Dir. Fabre stressed that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will enhance the national greening program and will focus on the community level in implementing said program.  He added that the implementation of the ‘Bantay Dagat’ and ‘Bantay Gubat’ Programs of DENR will also be improved to better address pressing issues in the different provinces of the region.

 To give the media a better understanding of current mining issues, Regional Director Roger A. De Dios presented the State of Caraga Minerals Industry.  In the same way, Engr. Beann A. Natural of SR Metals, Inc. gave a presentation on the Importance of Mining in order for the media and other invited stakeholders to better appreciate the contributions of the minerals industry to society.

 After the presentations, reporters from Butuan City 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 ensued.

 Aside from the IEC Caravan and the Press Conference, Caraga mining companies have initiated various activities to celebrate the 2017 Environment Month.

 


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MGB RXIII and CREDO hold 1st Quarterly Press Conference

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers (CREDO) Inc., held the 1st Quarterly Press Conference on March 31, 2017 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

The press conference aimed to heighten 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 hoped to forge collaborative ties with the media in the promotion of accountability, transparency and equity.

Reporters from Surigao del Norte media outfits; the Chamber of Mines Caraga and the Caraga Mine Safety and Health Council participated in the press conference. Resident Mine Managers, Community Relations Officers and a good number of personnel from the following mining companies attended the activity:

Adnama Mining Resources, Inc.
Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.
Cagdianao Mining Corporation
Carrascal Nickel Corporation
CTP Construction and Mining Corporation
Greenstone Resources Corporation
Hinatuan Mining Corporation
Manila Mining Corporation
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation
Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation
Pacific Nickel Philippines Incorporated
Philsaga Mining Corporation
Platinum Group Metals Corporation
Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc.
SR Metals Incorporated
Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation
Taganito Mining Corporation
Westernshore Nickel Corporation

To give the media a better understanding of the current mining issues, Regional Director Roger A. De Dios presented the State of Caraga Minerals Industry.  Engr. Rennan Cuadrillero, President of the Caraga Mine Safety and Health Council, presented the Relief Assistance and Rescue Efforts of Caraga Mining Companies to Surigao City in the Aftermath of the 6.7-magnitude Earthquake that hit Surigao City.  He also showed the photodocumentation of the relief and emergency response operations. Ms. Genevieve P. Chua, President of the Community Relations, Education & Development Officers (CREDO) Inc., presented the Introduction of the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).

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 ensued.


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MGB leads the way in capacitating Caraga MRFCs and MMTs

In order to upgrade the capability of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committees (MRFCs) and Multipartite Monitoring Teams (MMTs) in evaluating and monitoring the mandatory environmental and social compliances of mining operations as required by law, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in partnership with the Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council (CMEMC), spearheaded the MRFC and MMT Capacity Enhancement Seminar on January 26-27, 2017 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

Large-scale mining companies in the region have been in operation for more than a decade.  Correspondingly, MRFCs and MMTs have carried out their functions for that same length of time. Of these years, significant changes in the practices and operations of the mining industry have been observed in which the MGB has deemed it necessary to capacitate and enhance the existing capabilities of the evaluating and monitoring bodies. The two-day activity aimed to re-orient and update the members on their respective roles and recent developments in the industry which are vital to checking the compliances of the companies with mandatory obligations.

The seminar was packed with topics centered on the salient features of laws and regulations governing the functions and responsibilities of the MRFC and the MMT. The topics presented included the following: Social and Environmental Provisions of the Philippine Mining Act and Mine Mitigation and Rehabilitation by Engr. Rhoda M. Noble of MGB Central Office; Roles, Duties and Responsibilities of MRFC and MMT by Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante of MGB RXIII; Salient Features of the National Greening Program by Forester Jholyvil C. Embat of DENR Caraga Regional Office; Legal Framework of the Philippine Environmental Laws and Compliance Monitoring Process by Mr. Carlo D. Dacera of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XIII; Hazardous Waste Management or Republic Act 6969 by Ms. Honey C. Gimo of EMB XIII; and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act 9003 by Ms. Diana Rivera of EMB XIII. Mr. Angel Fernandez of AGF Consulting Group – Philippines also presented the Process of Transition to the Latest Version of Environmental Management System (EMS)/ISO 14001. In addition, Forester Enjie P. Cañete of MGB RXIII also shared her South Korea experience with the Mine Reclamation Corporation in their Mine Hazard Prevention/Reclamation Technology and Policy Exchange.

An open forum followed at the end of every presentation wherein some participants raised questions and sought clarifications on some matters related to the topics.

SR Metals Inc., Taganito Mining Corporation, Greenstone Resources Corporation, Hinatuan Mining Corporation (Taganaan Nickel Project), Cagdianao Mining Corporation, Agata Mining Ventures, Inc., Platinum Group Metals Corporation, Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc., and Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation gave their respective multimedia presentations featuring best practices in mining operations that can be replicated by other mining companies.  Recognized for their exemplary performance in mine safety, environmental protection and social development implementation, these mining companies received accolades from the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) during the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference on November 15-18, 2016 in Baguio City.

The keen involvement of approximately 300 participants led to the overall success of the two-day activity.

 


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MGB RXIII conducts Finalization, Deliberation and Approval of MMT Manual of Operations for Caraga mining companies

To ensure the substantial and timely validation of the performance of the mining companies in compliance with DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2015-02, the Multipartite Monitoring Team of every company is required to craft a standardized Manual of Operations (MOO) subject to the approval of both Regional Directors from MGB and EMB and to be formally endorsed by Caraga Region’s Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC). This mandate gave rise to the unified MRFC Meeting conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in coordination with the Caraga Mine Environment Management Council (CMEMC), on January 17-18, 2017 at the Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

In keeping with the mandates of DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-21 under the Contingent Liability and Rehabilitation Fund (CLRF) for the creation of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) and the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT), the two-day activity centered on the Finalization, Deliberation and Approval of MMT Manual of Operations to enhance the monitoring scheme and validation strategy of the members of the Multipartite Monitoring Team and Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee within Caraga Region. The first day of the activity covered the finalization of the MOO draft of each mining company which was clustered accordingly, while the following day marked the presentation of the finalized MOO along with all the highlighted concerns addressed to the unified MRFC.

The primary objective of the said activity is to finalize the MMT-MOO of each mining company as an essential guide to monitoring. In order to meet the core value of the MOO in sustaining the integrity of the EIS System and to comply with the requirements of DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-02 relating to the “Harmonization of the Implementation of the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System and the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 in Relation to Mining Projects,” the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is mandated to monitor all the directives given under consolidated DAO No. 2010-21.

On the other hand, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) focuses on the compliance of the company with the ECC Conditionality in accordance with the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System (PD 1586) covering all mandates under DAO 96-37 (EIS IRR), DAO 34 & 35 (Water Standards), PD 984 (Pollution Control), RA 6969 (Toxic Wastes/Chemicals), RA 9275 (Clean Water), and RA 8749 (Clean Air).


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MGB RXIII holds Cross-Sectoral Forum on Social Development and Management Program

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII in coordination with the Community Relations, Education and Development Officers, Inc. (CREDO Caraga, Inc.) conducted the Cross-Sectoral Forum on Social Development and Management Program on January 12, 2017 at the Gateway Hotel in Surigao City.

With the theme “SDMP for Integrated Sustainable Development,” the forum was attended by various stakeholders from mining companies, local government units, national line agencies, non-government organizations and the media.

The forum commenced with an opening ceremony wherein the Officer-in-Charge of the MGB RXIII Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante, acknowledged and welcomed the participants with inspiring words.

The MGB RXIII Regional Director, Engr. Roger A. De Dios, delivered the opening message and gave an overview of the Social Development and Management Program /Community Development Plan Policy Direction.  Dir. De Dios expressed that he will continue his mission to help Caraga Region propel to greater heights in terms of mining contributions to the communities.  With the positive change ushered in by the Duterte Administration, Dir. De Dios is optimistic that the SDMP will be properly utilized in the hope of addressing poverty alleviation in Caraga region and sustaining livelihood programs in mining communities.

Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office No. XIII, gave a comprehensive presentation on the Economic Contributions of Social Development and Management Program in Caraga Region. Dir. Cariño thoroughly discussed Caraga Region’s Development Direction, Gross Regional Domestic Product, Social Development and Management Program Contributions and Observations in the Implementation of the Social Development and Management Program.  On the same note, the NEDA Caraga Regional Director stated several recommendations to improve the SDMP.

Ms. Ana Diosell Soliven-Bajao, MGB RXIII Economist II, presented the National Wealth Share from Mining to heighten the participants’ awareness of mining contributions. At first, Ms. Bajao defined terms such as national wealth, national wealth proceeds, gross output, royalty and excise tax in order for the participants to have a better grasp of the topic.  After stating the legal basis of the national wealth share from mining, Ms. Bajao presented the respective shares of the barangay, city/municipality and province in detail.

To lay emphasis on the legal aspect of the forum, Atty. Allen M. Gasulas, Attorney IV of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, gave a clear and straightforward discussion on the Utilization of the Local Development Fund (LDF) and the National Wealth Share. Initially, Atty. Gasulas stated the following purposes of Joint Memorandum Circular 2011-1: 1) to provide guidelines on the appropriation and utilization of no less than twenty percent (20%) of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for development projects; 2) to enhance transparency and accountability of local government units in undertaking development projects; and 3) to include projects in addressing and responding to natural and man-made disasters and calamities.

Atty. Gasulas mentioned the projects covered by the IRA.  She enumerated in full detail the priority social development, economic development and environmental management programs and projects for which the 20% of the IRA intended for development projects may be utilized. The Expenditure Items not covered was also tackled for the information of the participants.  Atty. Gasulas also engaged the participants in the review of the legal bases of all types of national wealth as enumerated in Republic Act 7160 (Local Government Code of 1991) with regard to Shares in the Proceeds from the Development and Utilization of the National Wealth, Amount of Share of LGUs, Share of the Local Governments from government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC), Allocation of Shares, Remittance of the Share of LGUs, and Development and Livelihood Projects.

An open forum followed after the morning presentations wherein some participants expressed their views, raised several issues and gave recommendations as well.  The resource speakers addressed the various matters that were raised by the participants.

During the break, video presentations on the Sustainable SDMP Livelihood Projects of Cagdianao Mining Corporation, SR Metals, Inc. and Taganito Mining Corporation were viewed by the participants.  The said livelihood projects were given their much deserved recognition during the 4th Community Relations Officers Conference at the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) on November 15-18, 2016 in Baguio City.

In the afternoon, Dr. Rolando V. Cuaño, President of BMP Environment and Community Care, Inc., presented the Results of the Social Impact Assessment of Claver.  MGB RXIII commissioned the said study which assessed the social impacts of mineral projects in Claver, Surigao del Norte. In his presentation, Dr. Cuaño discussed the background and study scope, methodology, the mineral projects, social impacts, the SDMP, misconceptions and truths about the SDMP, and the socioeconomic context.

To enhance the participants’ understanding of SDMP/CDP, Ms. Glaiza T. Baliwag, Supervising Science Research Specialist from the MGB Central Office, expounded on the General Guidelines on Social Development and Management Program /Community Development Plan.  On the other hand, Mr. Elecito E. Escuyos, Supervising Science Research Specialist/SDMP Section Chief of MGB RXIII, presented the SDMP Manual of Operations for Caraga Region.

After the afternoon presentations, an open forum ensued wherein some participants stated their comments and sought clarification on some matters which were addressed by the resource speakers.

Toward the end of the forum, Ms. Genevieve P. Chua, President of CREDO Caraga, Inc., delivered the closing remarks. Ms. Chua thanked the distinguished resource speakers, participants, mining stakeholders, national line agencies and local government units for their active participation in the forum. She expressed the hope that they will all move on in the same direction in order to make the aspiration of authentic sustainable development a reality for Caraga Region.


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