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MGB orients stakeholders on new mining policies

AruminTo better implement mining laws, DENR officials and representatives of mining companies in Cagayan Valley participated in the seminar on new policies held on Sept.  12-13, this year in Santiago City, Isabela.

Senior officials from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) oriented the 100 participants about MGB Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-01 or the Guidelines in the Conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation, and Disposition of Illegally Sourced Minerals/Mineral Products and By- Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment Used. The Guidelines for Compliance Monitoring and Rating/Scorecard of Mining Permits/Contracts as provided for under MGB MC No. 2018-02 was also discussed

DemsEngr. Robert B. Carreon and Mining Claims Examiner Maribeth G. Tumaliuan lectured on the monitoring checklist and scorecard provisions on tenements while Engr. Florentino C. Bangisan Jr. talked about the safety and health checklist and scorecard provisions. The checklist and scorecard of environment programs, and the monitoring checklist and scorecard of social development programs were discussed by Supervising Science Research Specialist Emely Delmendo and Senior Science Research Specialist Demetrio B. Corsino, respectively.

The officials from the DENR regional and field offices, representatives of three-large scale mining companies, and MGB personnel deployed at the five DENR provincial offices also learned the salient features of Memorandum Circular No. 2018-02 presented by Legal Officer Atty. Glenn B. Buncad and Supervising Science Research Specialist Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado.

“The scorecards standardized our monitoring system in the Bureau. This will be our basis in rating your compliances effective this 2018,” MGB Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta said.

“Since we have now a standard rating card, it is up to the company on how you will perform,” the regional director added.