MGB IV CALABARZON led by OIC-RD Dondi M. Sarmiento conducted an Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign on the Salient Provisions of the Republic Act No. 7942, otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995,” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations on February 10, 2021 at Tan Ville Hotel and Resort, Rosario, Batangas.

The event was conducted in cooperation with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and Local Government Unit of Taysan, Batangas. Representatives of 15 quarry operations in Batangas Province attended the IEC event.  

Engr. Edgardo D. Castillo, OIC of the Mine Management Division discussed the various regulations on mine permitting and tenement processing especially on permits issued by the Provincial Government thru the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board. He expounded on the taxes derived from the Mining Industry as well as areas closed to Mining Applications. In addition, Engr. Mark Anthony C. Perez from the Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division explained the environmental provisions of the Mining Act, especially the various environmental work programs and corresponding funds that the Permit Holders need to establish in order to guarantee an environmentally responsible quarry operation. Engr. Perez emphasized the need to create the Multipartite Monitoring Team to monitor the compliance by the Permit Holders with their Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programs and to various environmental laws and regulations.

OIC-RD Dondi M. Sarmiento giving his message to the participants

Representatives of Batangas Quarry Operations

By: Engr. Mark Anthony Perez          |          18 February 2021