As the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) gears anew to the stabilization of the mining industry amid the pandemic, the MGB Regional Office No. IV CALABARZON, in collaboration with MGB MIMAROPA Region, organized a joint consultative meeting to ensure rigorous dialogue on abounding issues and concerns confronted by the mining companies with regard to their mining applications and/or operations.

Representatives from the MGB, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Department of Agrarian Reform, as well as mining stakeholders partake in the said pursuit held at Park Inn by Radisson, North Edsa, Quezon City on 08 March 2022.

In his opening message, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, MGB Director, touched on the current status of the industry road map, wherein he highlighted the issuance of government policies, i.e., Executive Order No. 130 and DENR Administrative Order No. 2021-40, all intended to stabilize the minerals sector.

“In terms of the value, the mining sector contributes about 150 Billion Pesos in the economy. We wanted to triple this production value,” Atty. Moncano said. With this, it is anticipated that the mining sector will be able to offer its full potential to contribute to the recovery of the economy.

The opening remarks was then followed by the uplifting messages from Messrs. Dondi M. Sarmiento and Edwin M. Mojares, MGB Regional Director of CALABARZON and MIMAROPA Region, respectively.

DENR Secretary Jim O. Sampulna also graced the activity with his presence as he shared a thought-provoking message to the participants of the undertaking.

“We wanted to bring the government nearest to the people,” he accentuated.

Thereafter, mining concerns of the mining companies under Phase 1 and Phase 2 Priority Projects in CALABARZON and MIMAROPA Regions were tackled.

To cap off the meeting, Ms. Nonita S. Caguioa, Assistant Secretary for Mining Concerns and Finance, ran through noteworthy points regarding the consultative meeting which includes the issues on mining applications and/or operations within a Protected Area, Strategic Agricultural and Fisheries Development Zone, or in a Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

She also vowed that the DENR through the MGB and other stakeholders will thrive as one with the conduct of research studies to create better guidelines and/or plans for the implementation of the offshore mining in the country.

“These are just a few of the many concerns that the mining industry is facing and will continue to face if not addressed. That is why, conducting consultative meeting is a significant aspect in achieving our goal towards responsible mining,” she said.

Ms. N. S. Caguioa added, “The government is giving its utmost support to the mining industry through promoting responsible mining as it is the duty to enhance national growth in a way that effectively safeguards the environment and  protects the rights of the affected communities.”

The activity is the 5th consultative meeting with the mining stakeholders in different regions to go into the prevailing mining issues and concerns that the mining industry is combatting.

 

Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna and Director Wilfredo Moncano giving their Inspirational Message and Opening Remarks, respectively

RD Dondi Sarmiento of MGB CALABARZON and RD Edwin Mojares of MGB MIMAROPA giving their Welcome Message

Participants from CALABARZON and MIMAROPA

Asec. Nonita Caguioa giving her Closing Message