MGB R02 conducts 5th PMRB summit

By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio

To acquaint the members of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) about the new regulations of the mining industry, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) conducted the 5th PMRB Summit last May 7, 2015 at MGB R02 Multi-Purpose Hall.

The summit was conducted to inform the PMRB members about the recently issued revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2015-03 which took effect on April 2, 2015.

Engr. Mario A. Ancheta, MGB R02 OIC Regional Director expressed his gratitude to the participants, “this summit is a good venue for us to update ourselves regarding the reforms in mining industry particularly in the establishment of Minahang Bayan.”


RD Mario A. Ancheta delivers his welcome message to the participants of 5th PMRB Summit

“You have been working with us since the beginning; thank you for being our partners. We truly appreciate your dedication to enforce stringent policies on environmental sustainability and protection,” Ancheta added.

In this summit, Engr. Raymond D. Carreon, OIC Chief of Mine Management Division (MMD) and Ms. Maribeth G. Tumaliuan, Mining Claims Examiner discussed the DAO 2015-03 while Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado, Engineer III tackled updates in small-scale mining in the Cagayan Valley Region.

On the other hand, Engr. Rommel L. Amogan, OIC Chief of Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) talked about environmental protection, social development, safety and health in mining.

Ancheta encouraged the PMRB members to work hand in hand in enforcing policies that can help promote development without the expense of environmental degradation. “We are living in a world where economic development and environmental sustainability must be symbiotic,” he uttered.

The Regional Director added that there can be no real development without a sense of environmental protection. “Let us prepare ourselves to this challenge, let us be inspired to move forward for responsible mining is pro environment,” he said.

The Summit was participated in by the members of PMRB Region 02 and MGB R02 employees.