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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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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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