The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office No. IV (CALABARZON) along with all other MGB Regional Offices within Luzon and the Central Office has adopted a work from home arrangement amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. This has been adopted since March 20, 2020 and is scheduled to end on April 14, 2020. This scheme is pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation No. 922 entitled “Declaring A State Of Public Health Emergency Throughout The Philippines,” and the DENR Addendum No. 2 to Memorandum Circular No. 2020-02 dated March 16, 2020 regarding the DENR Guidelines on Alternative Working Arrangements to Ensure Safety of Personnel and the Continued Delivery of Essential Services Under COVID-19 Threat Situation.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which can be spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced when coughing. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the disease as a pandemic as it has affected at least 114 countries including the Philippines.
Due to the rise of the number of infected patients in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, the entire Luzon Island has been placed under an “Enhanced Community Quarantine,” which is a total domestic lockdown to restrict the movement of the population (with exceptions) effective since March 17, 2020. Included in the lockdown restrictions is the temporary closure of non-essential shops and businesses. This means that only establishments such as banks and supermarkets will be open. As for the public sector, all agencies and offices under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), both permanent staff and those under Contract of Service (COS), are mandated to perform their duties at home.
With this, all MGB advisories during the March 20-April 14, 2020 period under the COVID-19 threat are available in the website http://mgb.gov.ph/. It should be noted that deadlines for the submission of reportorial requirements covering the period March 15 to April 15, 2020, has been extended to May 15, 2020 or on the immediate submission date when the said quarantine is lifted. This includes the submission of proof of payment of Occupation Fees of Permittees/Contractors/other holders of mining tenement that are affected of the enhanced community quarantine. Likewise, the reportorial requirements may be submitted in digital format at email@example.com and/or in the official email addresses of the Regional Office concerned.
By : Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto | 21 March 2020