By  KRIZIA  ANN  P.  ALBERTO                            AUGUST 14, 2015


MGB IV-A Panel of Arbitrators (POA) and support personnel attended the Mines Adjudication Board (MAB) and Panel of Arbitrators 3rd Seminar/Workshop on Mining Conflict/Dispute Resolution at Icon Hotel in Quezon, City on July 13-17, 2015. MGB IV-A Panel of Arbitrators was represented by Atty. Marlou P. Alutaya, the Panel’s Acting Chairman, Engr. Emilio R. Ramos, technical member and support staff/personnel namely Ma. Lourdes O. Griarte, Johnny B. de Manuel, Libertad Moron, and John F. Partosa. The said seminar-workshop was also attended by the lawyers and staff of the Mines Adjudication Board (MAB), Panel of Arbitrators (PA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Sixteen (16) different topics were presented/discussed by the concerned speakers who are lawyers mostly from the University of the Philippines, two (2) of whom were former Justices.  The presentations form part of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) compliance program for the participating lawyers.  Hereunder were the following topics discussed, to with:


  • Property Registration Updates, Issued Conflicts & Remedies  by Justice Oswaldo D. Agcaoili;
  • Preliminary and Summary Investigation (Pre-Trial & Trial Skills) by Prosecutor Irene S. Resurrection;
  • Civil Service Rules and Regulations by Atty. Ariel V. Villanueva;
  • Ethical Considerations in Government Procurement  (Legal Ethics) by Assistant Solicitor Gen. Renan E. Ramos;
  • Practitioners’ Approach on Original and Subsequent Land Registration by Dep. Administrator Robert Nomar Leyretana;
  • Revisions to Rules 22 and 24 by Justice Roberto A. Abad; and
  • Obstacles for Resource Developers by Atty. Fernando S. Peñaroyo.


  • Legal Writing on Environmental Laws and The “Green” Way in Pleading Preparation and Oral Argumentation as discussed by Atty.  Ana Lea Uy.  Accordingly, environmental laws are (anthropocentric) in nature.  Human beings are considered the most significant entity in the world;
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Update by Atty. Brenda Joy Angeles Mendoza. DENR Executive Order No. 2005-18 mandates all Bureaus, attached agencies, offices, quasi-judicial bodies of DENR to integrate ADR principles in administrative proceedings for speedy and impartial justice and de-clog the DENR docket;
  • Logical Reasoning by Prof. Eduardo Victor J. Valdez;
  • Voluntary Mediation by Atty. Maria Araceli Habaradas;
  • Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) Less Known Facts versus Published Fiction (International Law) by Dr. Jay L. Batongbacal;
  • Legal and Ethical Quandaries of Cyberlawyers by Atty. Noel Ramiscal.
  • Minimizing COA Disallowances by Asst. Commissioner Elizabeth S. Zosa;
  • Environmental Law and RA 3019 (Legal Ethics) by Atty. Francine Faith Longid Dalumpines;