MGB ROXIII attends 6th Provincial Business Conference of Dinagat Islands

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII attended the 6th Provincial Business Conference of Dinagat Islands on September 13 to 14, 2022 at the Macaldo Function Hall in Brgy. Justiniana Edera, Municipality of San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands. With the theme One Dinagat, One MSMEs: Inspire. Integrate. Innovate., the event aimed to ensure proper development of businesses in the province. The two-day event was a collaborative undertaking of the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Dinagat Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.  Participants from national line agencies, local government units, mining firms, and other stakeholders attended the event. At the event, Dinagat Islands Governor Nilo P. Demerey, Jr. delivered the Keynote Speech.  Governor Demerey took into account the growth and development of the province through businesses, including the programs implemented in the sector with the Provincial Government and Congressional continue reading : MGB ROXIII attends 6th Provincial Business Conference of Dinagat Islands

MGB ROXIII takes part in 31st Mindanao Business Conference

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII took part in the 31st Mindanao Business Conference which commenced on August 31 and culminated on September 2, 2022 at the Northeastern Mindanao University Stadium in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. The theme of this year’s conference is ONE MINDANAO: BIGGER. BETTER. BOLDER.  Spearheaded by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Tandag Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., City Government of Tandag and the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, the conference aimed to discuss the development of the immense potential and vast resources of Mindanao among business leaders, industry movers, policy experts, enterprising game changers and various stakeholders. At the conference, MGB Caraga Regional Director Larry M. Heradez imparted a video message and presentation entitled Crafting a Balanced, Sustainable and Equitable Mineral Development Policy.  In his message, RD Heradez expressed his hope that the event continue reading : MGB ROXIII takes part in 31st Mindanao Business Conference

MGB ROXIII embarks on Real-time Monitoring of Mining Operations in Caraga Region

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII embarked on the Real-time Monitoring of Mining Operations in Caraga Region using Closed-Circuit Television pursuant to Section 6 of Department Administrated Order No. 2021-25, the Implementing Rules and Regulation of Executive Order No. 130 Entitled: Amending Section 4 of Executive Order No. 79, S. 2012, Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Section, Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resources.   Aimed at augmenting the actual fieldwork in virtually monitoring the mining areas (causeway, settling/detention ponds, stockyard/mine yard, motor pool area, and air, water, and noise monitoring stations), the project will ensure the protection of environment in a technical and scientific manner. In this regard, the mining companies were required to submit the technology Information System (IS) and data for assistance and support needed in the implementation. The gathered data continue reading : MGB ROXIII embarks on Real-time Monitoring of Mining Operations in Caraga Region

MGB ROXIII conducts Mining Forest Program Reorientation and Seminar-Workshop

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Mining Forest Program Reorientation and Seminar-Workshop on July 13 to 14, 2022 at the MGB Regional Office No. XIII Training Center in Surigao City. The two-day activity aimed to unify understanding of the statutory foundation and reportorial submissions relative to various reforestation programs in compliance with Mining Forest Program (MFP), National Greening Program (NGP), Special Tree Cutting and/or Earth-Balling Permit (STCEBP) and other related matters. Organized by the Mine Safety and Health, Environment and Social Development Division-Mine Environmental Management Section (MSESDD-MEMS), the activity was attended by Reforestation Officers of mining companies, MGB Regional Office No. XIII technical personnel and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) embedded personnel with the special participation of colleagues from MGB Central Office and MGB Regional Office No. X through a hybrid platform (combined face-to-face and virtual meeting). At the program, For. Enjie G. continue reading : MGB ROXIII conducts Mining Forest Program Reorientation and Seminar-Workshop

MGB ROXIII attends Trainings on Cybersecurity Competency Framework and Data Privacy Protection

In an effort to improve its services to the public, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII attended the Trainings on Cybersecurity Competency Framework and Data Privacy Protection on August 8 to 12, 2022 via Google Meet and Zoom Platforms. Aimed at harnessing the competitiveness of the government workforce towards an ICT-enabled society, the said trainings were conducted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology through its ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau. This endeavor reaffirms the MGB Regional Office No. XIII’s commitment to integrate information technology to its frontline services and other key processes. While information systems are vital tools for moving forward, the Bureau is also mindful of cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities involved. The Cybersecurity Competency Framework will prepare the Bureau not only for efficient response to threats but also in securing its Information Technology assets. On the other hand, the Data Privacy Protection lays continue reading : MGB ROXIII attends Trainings on Cybersecurity Competency Framework and Data Privacy Protection

MGB ROXIII records decrease in issued OTP and MOEP for the 1st semester of CY 2022

As of June 30, 2022, the issuance of Ore Transport Permit (OTP) and Mineral Ore Export Permit (MOEP) posted a 21.92% and 26.69% decline or equivalent to 235 and 195 released permits, from last year’s 301 and 266, respectively. The decrease in number of OTP/MOEP issuance of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII for the first semester of CY 2022 was affected when the mining companies lowered their monthly target of OTP/MOEP application due to unfavorable weather condition and lethargic market, particularly manifested by export of nickel ore per shipment-related documents received by this Office. OTP and MOEP issuance dropped down for the first quarter of CY 2022 despite the high metal price during the period. The highest noted decline was in the month of March when issued OTP and MOEP accounted for only 28 and 21, respectively, compared to 56 OTPs and 50 MOEPs for CY continue reading : MGB ROXIII records decrease in issued OTP and MOEP for the 1st semester of CY 2022

MGB ROXIII conducts very first MGB Caraga Stakeholders’ Engagement of Dinagat Islands

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the very first MGB Caraga Stakeholders’ Engagement of Dinagat Islands on July 11 to 15, 2022 at the Vine’s Bed and Breakfast in San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands.  Spearheaded by Regional Director Larry M. Heradez, together with Division Chiefs, Section Chiefs and other key personnel of MGB Regional Office No. XIII, the activity served as a venue for dialogue with local government units, mining companies and small-scale miners wherein the said stakeholders presented their respective updates, issues and concerns.  On a special note, DENR Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems and Mining Concerns, Engr. Nonita S. Caguioa, graced the activity. A courtesy call and a number of meetings were likewise carried out at that time.  Asec. Caguioa and RD Heradez paid a courtesy call on Provincial Governor Nilo Demerey, Jr.  Moreover, there were visits to and meetings with the continue reading : MGB ROXIII conducts very first MGB Caraga Stakeholders’ Engagement of Dinagat Islands

MGB ROXIII conducts Values Orientation Workshop

In keeping with the National Government’s policy to foster high ethical standards in public service, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Values Orientation Workshop on July 7 to 8, 2022 at the MGB Regional Office No. XIII Training Center in Surigao City. The workshop comprised five modules that centered on topics, namely Pagka-Tao, Pagka-Kalikasan, Pagka-Filipino, Pagka-Tagapaglingkod and Paglalagom (Integration).  It was facilitated by Ms. Naza May F. Camarin and Mr. Dan Jave L. Dumpa of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga Regional Office.  Nearly half of the MGB Regional Office No. XIII workforce took part in the workshop. In its Roadmap of Development and Reforms, the CSC identified that the basic foundation in the spectrum of learning to develop competent and credible civil servants is on building character and integrity. The Values Orientation Workshop is a course that reinforces public service values rooted in the continue reading : MGB ROXIII conducts Values Orientation Workshop

MGB ROXIII, CMEMCI spearhead 2022 Environment Month Culmination Program

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII, in cooperation with the Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council, Inc. (CMEMCI), spearheaded the Culmination Program of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month Celebration of the Caraga minerals industry on June 30, 2022 in Surigao City. The theme of this year’s Environment Month Celebration is Aksyon para sa Natatanging Mundo.  It underscores the promotion of environmental sustainability highlighting the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature by bringing transformative changes towards cleaner and greener lifestyles.  The following mining companies took part in the event: AAM-PHIL Natural Resources and Development Corporation (Parcel 1) ADFIL Corporation Adnama Mining Resources, Inc. Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. Cagdianao Mining Corporation Carrascal Nickel Corporation Comet Mining Exploration Corporation Century Peak Corporation (Casiguran Nickel Mining Project) Century Peak Corporation (Parcel II Mining Project) CTP Construction and Mining Corporation (Adlay Mining Project) Equi-Parco Construction Corporation Greenstone Resources Corporation Hinatuan Mining continue reading : MGB ROXIII, CMEMCI spearhead 2022 Environment Month Culmination Program

DENR Caraga spearheads launching of Regional Solid Waste Management Advocacy Campaign

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII participated in the Regional Solid Waste Management Advocacy Campaign Launch on June 15, 2022 at the Robinsons Place Atrium in Butuan City. The activity was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Regional Office through its Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), in partnership with the  Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Caraga Regional Office.   At the program, “Pinas: The Basura Buster (PBB)” and the “Basura Buster” gaming application were introduced to the public. PBB is the DENR’s solid waste management advocacy campaign mascot which will enlist the help of the youth. Similarly, the gaming application is an online tool that will teach the children proper waste segregation in a fun way. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free. On a special note, DENR Undersecretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management, Local Government Units continue reading : DENR Caraga spearheads launching of Regional Solid Waste Management Advocacy Campaign