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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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Caraga mining companies gain various distinctions at the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference

Caraga mining companies gained various distinctions at the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) on November 15-18, 2016 in Baguio City.

A yearly event that highlights the minerals industry’s commitment to the promotion of sustainable development and proactive responsibility towards safety, environment and social development, the Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference is organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in collaboration with the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau.  The event also gave prominence to best practices and relevant innovations in the minerals industry. The theme for the 2016 ANMSEC is “63 Years of Responsible Mining… Moving Forward By Doing It Right.

Diverse participants from mining companies, government agencies, private firms, academic institutions and the media gathered to intensify responsible mining and sustainable development advocacies.

Various activities such as Tree Planting, Press Conference, Sportsfest, Mining Exhibit, 4th Community Relations Officers Conference, and the 2nd PMSEA Student Congress took place during the four-day event. Mining stakeholders and luminaries took part in the Minerals Industry Symposium at the CAP-Camp John Hay Convention Center.

On the last day of the conference, scores of staunch supporters from large-scale mining companies, several universities and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Office and Regional Offices participated in the Minerals Industry Parade to affirm the minerals industry’s commitment to occupational safety and health, sound environmental management and social responsibility.  At the Melvin Jones Stadium, the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competition took place.  Fire-fighting, first aid, hand mucking, machine drilling and tug of peace were the events during the day after which an awarding ceremony was held.

The conference culminated in the Testimonial Dinner and Annual Awards Night wherein the best mining forest and the best achievements in the fields of mine safety and health, environmental protection and social development through the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award were accorded their well-deserved recognition. Caraga mining companies received awards that affirm the region’s significant accomplishments and commitment to responsible mining.

2016 PRESIDENTIAL MINERAL INDUSTRY ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD (PMIEA)

Award            Category Company
PMIEA Surface Mining Operation SR Metals, Inc.
Titanium Surface Mining Operation Hinatuan Mining Corporation – Tagana-an Nickel Project
Titanium Surface Mining Operation Taganito Mining Corporation – Nickel Silicate Ore Mining Project
Titanium Surface Mining Operation Platinum Group Metals Corporation – Cagdianao Nickel Expansion Project
Titanium Surface Mining Operation Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.
Platinum Surface Mining Operation Greenstone Resources Corporation – SianaGold Project
Platinum Surface Mining Operation Cagdianao Mining Corporation
Titanium Mineral Processing Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation
Platinum Mineral Processing Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. – Silangan Project

2016 BEST MINING FOREST

Ranking Category Company
Winner Metallic Category Taganito Mining Corporation – Nickel Silicate Ore Mining Project
1st Runner-Up Mineral Exploration Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. – Silangan Project

2016 SAFEST MINES AWARDS

Ranking Category Company
Winner Most Improved Safety Performance Platinum Group Metals Corporation – Cagdianao Nickel Expansion Project
Runner-Up Extraction Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation
Runner-Up Surface SR Metals, Inc.
Runner-Up Exploration A            Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. – Silangan Project

 

Best Surface Mine Supervisor Engr. Royvel V. Jumalon – Platinum Group Metals Corporation
Best Surface Miner Mr. Junrey A. Roda – SR Metals, Inc.
Best Surface Safety Inspector Mr. James M. Paje – Taganito Mining Corporation

 


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2016 Environment Month Celebration: Going the extra mile in intensifying environmental preservation

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in partnership with the Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council (CMEMC), went the extra mile in the celebration of the 2016 Environment Month by conducting a series of activities on June 13-17 and 29-30, 2016. The lined-up activities aimed to intensify public awareness of environmental preservation and instill in the participants from mining companies and host communities a sense of accountability as stewards of the environment.

The Holy Mass at San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, Motorcade within Surigao City and Opening Program at the Surigao City Luneta Park on June 13, 2016 marked the kick-off of the succeeding activities leading to the culmination on June 30, 2016. A total of 22 mining companies, employees from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau ROXIII, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) participated in the kick-off activities.

The Landscaping Cum Recycling Competition held at the MGB ROXIII Compound highlighted the afternoon of the same day. The activity was open to all mining companies in Caraga Region.  It was aimed at promoting awareness among the public and the stakeholders that mining is recreating landscapes in its endeavor to rehabilitate the mined-out and other disturbed areas.  The idea of recycling was incorporated to enhance the aesthetics of rehabilitation. Preliminary judging was held on June 17, 2016 and final judging was conducted on June 30, 2016.

Mining companies within the region once again gathered for the two-day Culmination Activities in celebration of the 2016 Environment Month. A Short Program, Zumba Exercise and Coastal Clean-up were conducted starting as early as 5:00 A.M. of June 29, 2016 at the Brgy. San Juan Gymnasium in Surigao City. It was participated by the personnel of MGB ROXIII, Surigao City Environment and Natural Resources Office and mining companies in the region. Messages were delivered by Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante, Officer-In-Charge of MGB ROXIII Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, and Mr. Ruel E. Efren, CENR Officer of DENR-CENRO Surigao City. The messages were all about acknowledging the active participation of mining companies in the celebration and their contributions to environmental protection.

A Zumba exercise followed to energize the participants and remind them that they must also take care of their health while taking care of the environment. The exercise brought fun and camaraderie among the participants.

A Coastal Clean-up along Brgy. Sabang 3 ended the early morning series of activities. As they collected litter along the coast, the participants were reminded that they should responsibly dispose of their litter so as not to cause environmental harm. Polluting bodies of water can kill aquatic life that will contribute to biodiversity loss.

Activities such as Ribbon-cutting, Technical Forum, Photography Competition and Environmental Video Competition were held at the Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City. Representatives of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, Caraga mining companies, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This marked the formal opening of the Photo Exhibit wherein different photo entries taken by professional and non-professional photographers of mining companies aimed to promote responsible mining and environmental preservation.

Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, Mine Management Division Chief of MGB ROXIII, delivered the opening remarks emphasizing the importance of responsible mining and the role of mining companies in protecting the environment.

In the Technical Forum, representatives from participating mining companies presented the studies/research conducted in their respective mining areas for environmental protection and enhancement. The activity was a good venue for mining companies to share their researches with other mining companies and a setting for sharing of ideas to come up with more valuable studies for the benefit of the industry and the environment. Among the seven technical papers presented, the Best Technical Paper entitled “Coral Transportation and Performance Monitoring Program” was awarded to Agata Mining Ventures Inc. (AMVI). It was presented by Ms. Jesalyn A. Guingguing, AMVI Environment Manager, who also received the Best Presenter Award.

The Environmental Video Competition immediately followed the Technical Forum. The competition was open to all mining company employees in the region and was aimed at tapping the creative potentials of individuals to campaign for environmental preservation by capturing their vision and expressing their message through videography.

On the last day of the Culmination Activities, the Hand Painting, Recycling, and Interpretative Dance Competitions along with the Mining and Environmental Quiz Bowl were simultaneously held on June 30, 2016 at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City.

Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, Geosciences Division Chief of MGB ROXIII, welcomed everyone to the last day of the 2016 Environment Month Culmination Activities.  He urged the participants to join him in commending the dynamic organizers from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, Caraga Mine Environment Management Council (CMEMC) and Community Relations, Education & Development Officers (CREDO), Inc. and participating mining companies for going the extra mile in their preparations and conduct of the event. Expressing his appreciation for their efforts, teamwork and commitment to this singular endeavor, Mr. Dalodado  stated that the organizers have worked hand in hand to conduct Culmination Activities in order to intensify public awareness of environmental preservation and instill in the participants from mining companies and host communities a deep sense of responsibility as stewards of the environment. He encouraged everyone to give hope, inspiration and support to people in mining communities as they all take responsible mining, social development and environmental protection to a new level of commitment.

In the morning, the Hand Painting Competition and the Mining and Environmental Quiz Bowl were concurrently held.  Aimed at encouraging emerging young artists and tapping their potentials to campaign for environmental preservation through creative works, the Hand Painting Competition was a visual art competition open to all high school and college students of mining communities in Caraga Region. Teams of rank and file employees of mining companies in Caraga Region took part in the Mining and Environmental Quiz Bowl which was aimed at enriching the knowledge and heightening the awareness of the participants and the public of various laws governing mining, safety and environment.

Envi_3In the afternoon, the participants took delight in the Recycling and Interpretative Dance Competitions which were simultaneously held.  Open to groups of employees of mining companies and residents of mining communities, the Recycling Competition is aimed at motivating individuals adept at innovation and recycling with the intent of nurturing their creative skills as they advocate green practices particularly the three R’s of the environment (reduce, reuse, recycle) and promote waste reduction. On the other hand, groups of mining community residents and mining company employees in Caraga Region participated in the Interpretative Dance Competition. The competition is aimed at cultivating the singular talents of young people to support environmental preservation campaigns through dance and other kinesthetic arts.

At the venue, there was a livelihood display where various products of mining companies’ SDMP projects were showcased.  The variety of food and beverage products and other goods affirm the fruitful SDMP undertakings of the participating mining companies.

Towards the end of the event, Engr. Daniel S. Belderol inducted the new set of CREDO, Inc. Officers as follows:

Genevieve P. Chua                             President
Isidro Manuel C. Trinidad                Vice President
Glynis Irene S. Buot                           Secretary
Jeanette Garsilva-Celerio                  Treasurer
Joseph T. Timtim                                Auditor
Ma. Rosie Analisa R. Limpioso         Board of Director
Ma. Rowena T. Mangacop                 Board of Director
Antonio B. Resuera, Jr.                      Board of Director
Nissi Aline S. Alvarez                          Board of Director
Carolus Rey Lantian                            Board of Director

The winners of the competitions were recognized during the awarding ceremony. Each winner was given a Plaque of Recognition and a cash prize.  On the other hand, all participants received a Certificate of Recognition and a consolation prize each.  In gratitude and acknowledgement of their full support and active participation, the participating mining companies were given a Plaque of Appreciation each. The awarding ceremony was followed by a series of pictorials.

In conclusion, Ms. Genevieve P. Chua delivered a short yet compelling message that urged everyone to reflect and actualize the 2016 Environment Month theme in support of environmental preservation.  Ms. Chua underscored the fact that the success of the event is attributed to the dynamic collaboration and concerted efforts of MGB ROXIII, CMEMC, CREDO and all participating mining companies.


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MGB ROXIII Earth Month Celebration: A commitment to green living and sustainable development

In line with the 2016 Earth Month Celebration, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted a two-day activity on April 28 and 29, 2016 to mark the occasion. With the theme “Trees for the Earth,” this year’s observance encourages partnership of people from all walks of life and intensifies environmental campaigns to grow trees in order to attain the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees by the year 2020.

2On the first day of the celebration, the MGB ROXIII Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, in cooperation with the Gender and Development Focal Point System, conducted the Forum on the Promotion of Green Economic Development. Ms. Evelyn C. Arlan of the Department of Trade and Industry was the resource speaker of the forum. She discussed and emphasized the development approach of Green Economic Development (GED) as well as the vital roles of MGB ROXIII personnel as enablers of GED. Group exercises were also conducted during the forum to raise the personnel’s level of awareness of GED and to enhance their appreciation of the potential of environment valuation.

Similarly, the forum promotes an understanding of how efforts at the local level can improve the environment, the economy and the quality of life of the people. During the forum, the personnel learned about tools for the assessment of local vulnerabilities with respect to climate change, natural disasters and food security.

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 A tree planting activity at the Provincial Tree Park in Brgy. Ipil, Surigao City was conducted on the second day of the celebration. An estimated number of one hundred fifty (150) mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) and mangium (Acacia mangium) treeseedlings were planted by the personnel. The tree seedlings were donated by Greenstone Resources Corporation.

The active participation and collaborative efforts of the MGB ROXIII personnel led to the success of the Earth Month celebration.

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MGB ROXIII and Appropriate Experts continue 2016 ASDMP cluster deliberations

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, together with national line agencies and non-government organizations as Appropriate Experts, continued to deliberate over the 2016 Annual Social Development and Management Program (ASDMP) of Caraga mining companies on April 20 to 22, 2016 at the MGB Training Center in Surigao City.

The deliberations of the ASDMP were done in cluster with the objective that there will be no duplication of Projects/Programs/Activities (PPAs) and double charging of PPAs to the mining companies with common communities.  On the same note, the cluster deliberations aim to promote transparency and social responsibility.  Four cluster deliberations were conducted last March 8 to 11, 2016.

Engr. Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr., MGB XIII Regional Director, has laid emphasis on the SDMP as a sustainable development program intended for the general welfare of mining communities and thereby improves the quality of life of the marginalized and disadvantaged families in the host and neighboring communities. The SDMP works towards the creation of responsible, self-reliant and resource-based communities capable of developing, implementing and managing community development programs, projects, and activities in a manner consistent with the principle of people empowerment.

The activity has streamlined and enhanced the SDMP through community empowerment by equipping them with attitude, skills and knowledge (ASK) to achieve a virtuous cycle of economic independence.

Appropriate Experts from the following national line agencies, academe, religious sector and non-government organizations took part in the comprehensive evaluation and discussion for the enhancement of the Social Development and Management Program of Caraga mining companies:

  1. Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga Regional Office
  2. Department of Tourism (DOT) – Caraga Regional Office
  3. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Caraga Regional Office
  4. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Caraga Regional Office
  5. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Caraga Regional Office
  6. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Caraga Regional Office
  7. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – Caraga Regional Office
  8. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Caraga Regional Office
  9. Diocese of Surigao
  10. Religious Sectors of Agusan del Sur
  11. Provincial Planning and Development Office of the Province of Dinagat Islands
  12. Provincial Planning and Development Office of Agusan del Sur
  13. MLGU through the Municipal Planning and Development Offices of Loreto, Cagdianao, Basilisa, and Libjo, Province of Dinagat Islands and Rosario and Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
  14. Reach Foundation, Inc. (NGO)
  15. PhilGrassroots (NGO)
  16. St. Paul University Surigao

After the cluster deliberations, the MGB XIII Regional Director approved the ASDMP of the following mining companies as endorsed by the Appropriate Experts:

Mining Companies                                                                                Date of Approval

  1. Cagdianao  Mining Corporation                                                      April 20, 2016
  2. Libjo Mining Corporation/Westernshore Nickel Corp.              April 20, 2016
  3. Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation                          April 20, 2016
  4. Aam-Phil Natural Resources Exploration & Dev’t. Corp. – 2B   April 20, 2016
  5. Wellex Mining Corporation – Area 1                                                April 20, 2016
  6. Wellex Mining Corporation – Area 2                                               April 20, 2016
  7. Aam-Phil Natural Resources Exploration & Dev’t. Corp. – 1      April 21, 2016
  8. Century Peak Corporation – Casiguran                                          April 21, 2016
  9. Century Peak Corporation – Rapid                                                  April 21, 2016
  10. Krominco Inc.                                                                                       April 21, 2016
  11. Oriental Synergy Mining Corp.                                                         April 21, 2016
  12. Sinosteel Phils. HY Mining Corporation                                         April 21, 2016
  13. Philsaga Mining Corporation                                                            April 22, 2016
  14. Mindanao Mineral Processing & Refining Corp.                           April 22, 2016

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MGB ROXIII and Appropriate Experts deliberate over 2016 ASDMP of Caraga mining companies

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, together with national line agencies and non-government organizations as Appropriate Experts, deliberated over the 2016 Annual Social Development and Management Program (ASDMP) of Caraga mining companies on March 8 to 11, 2016 at the MGB Training Center in Surigao City.

The deliberations of the ASDMP were done in cluster with the objectives that there will be no duplication of Projects/Programs/Activities (PPAs) and/or double charging of PPAs to the mining companies with common communities as well as to promote transparency and social responsibility.  The SDMP aims to create responsible, self-reliant and resource-based communities capable of developing, implementing and managing community development programs, projects, and activities in a manner consistent with the principle of people empowerment.

sdmp_3-16_2Engr. Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr., MGB XIII Regional Director, has emphasized that the SDMP as a sustainable development program is intended for the general welfare of mining communities and thereby improves the quality of life of the marginalized and disadvantaged families even after the  utilization of mineral resources.  The welfare or benefits of the SDMP are not meant only for a particular sector/individual but rather the benefits of SDMP should always redound to the general welfare of the marginalized residents in the host/neighboring communities.  The needs and welfare of the marginalized families should be the point of reference or determinant factor to implement the SDMP.

The activity has streamlined and enhanced the SDMP through community empowerment by equipping them with attitude, skills and knowledge (ASK) to achieve a virtuous cycle of economic independence.

Appropriate Experts from the following national line agencies, academes, religious sector and non-government organizations participated in the thorough evaluation and discussion for the enhancement of the Social Development and Management Program of Caraga mining companies:

  1. Department of Health (DOH) – Caraga Regional Office
  2. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Caraga Regional Office
  3. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Caraga Regional Office
  4. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Caraga Regional Office
  5. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Caraga Regional Office
  6. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – Caraga Regional Office
  7. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Caraga Regional Office
  8. Department of Education (DepEd)
  9. Diocese of Surigao
  10. St. Paul University Surigao
  11. Caraga State University
  12. Reach Foundation, Inc.
  13. Surigao Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
  14. Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  15. MLGU through the Municipal Planning and Development Office

After the cluster deliberations, the MGB XIII Regional Director approved the SDMP of the following mining companies as endorsed by the Appropriate Experts:

Mining Companies                                                                               Date of Approval

  1. Carrascal Nickel Corporation                                                       March 8, 2016
  2. TP Construction and Mining Corp. – Adlay & Dahican           March 8, 2016
  3. Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation            March 8, 2016
  4. Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.                                                         March 9, 2016
  5. SR Metals, Inc.                                                                                 March 9, 2016
  6. Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation                                              March 10, 2016
  7. Adnama Mining Resources, Inc.                                                   March 10, 2016
  8. Platinum Group Metals Corporation                                            March 10, 2016
  9. Taganito Mining Corporation                                                        March 10, 2016
  10. Greenstone Resources Corporation                                           March 11,2016
  11. HMC-Taganaan Nickel Project                                                     March 11, 2016
  12. Pacific Nickel Phils., Inc.                                                                 March 11, 2016

 


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THPAL Nickel Corporation conducts Public Consultation for its Scandium Recovery Project

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation conducted a public consultation for its proposed Scandium Recovery Project on March 4, 2016 at the Taganito Sports and Cultural Center in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

The company conducted the said consultation in cooperation with its Environmental Impact Assessment Preparer, Philkairos, Inc., and the Environmental Management Bureau.  Representatives from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, Parish Pastoral Council and Reach Foundation were also present as observers. The residents of Brgys. Urbiztondo, Taganito, Hayanggabon and Cagdianao in the Municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte took part in the activity.

The proposed Scandium (Sc) Recovery Facility will cover 1.4 hectares of land within the present THPAL area. It will utilize the barren liquor that may contain traces of scandium, iron, aluminum and chromite, which is presently discarded as waste from the high pressure acid leaching process. The barren liquor is allowed to pass through a resin, washed with acids and caustic soda and extracted using oxalic acid to produce the final product scandium oxalate that contains approximately 23% scandium.

The following issues and concerns were raised during the open forum:

  • With the possibility of H2S gas emission from the scandium recovery process, residents of Brgy. Taganito expressed their preference that the scandium recovery facility be installed at a considerable distance away from residential houses to minimize the effect of any gas leak and to protect the health of the public. Relocation of residents would be the final option if the gas leak incident will happen again.

THPAL clarified that the scandium recovery process does not utilize H2S gas but instead makes use of acids and bases to produce the desired product. However, H2S gas will still be used in the HPAL process. The company assured the public that the damaged electronic isolation valve was already replaced and an additional automatic on/off valve was already installed, thus the possibility of another H2S leak is low. The suggestion of situating the scandium plant facility in a distant location will be considered.

  • The implication to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in case the community opposes the project.

A member of the EIA Review Committee from the EMB Central Office clarified that the EIA is only a planning tool, not a permit or clearance. Public consultation is just one of the steps to complete the whole process. Opposition from the community will be the basis for a thorough validation of their issues and concerns and a call to do revisions to specific project component until community acceptance is achieved. Continuing Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign is a must to sustain the acceptability.

  • SDMP projects and benefits are not directly felt by the poor and marginalized residents of Brgy. Taganito. The people prefer to receive monthly cash assistance and one sack of rice rather than to engage in livelihood and other activities that will later become unsustainable. Financial assistance and other aids to senior citizens must be upgraded.

Although the company is mandated by law to allocate yearly SDMP funds equivalent to 1.5% of the previous year’s operating cost, THPAL informed the public that it must adhere to the list of creditable activities and expenditures provided in the law.  Implementation is subject to regular monitoring and auditing by the MGB Regional Office. A “dole out system” of providing the SDMP benefits to the people is never encouraged but rather the community must have a counterpart in every PPAs to instill ownership and dedication that will sustain the project even if mining/milling operation ceases.

  • Prioritization of local residents in hiring, direct hiring (not thru agency), regularization of employees and increased employee benefits.

THPAL assured the people that it will look into these concerns and seek the guidance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other agencies to resolve the issue.

In general, the public is amenable to the project provided that the presented issues and concerns will be effectually addressed.

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