The Mines and Geosciences Bureau IV CALABARZON conducted another Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign, following the ones conducted for Batangas and Laguna Quarry Operators, on March 25, 2021 at Antigua Restaurant, Lucena City, Quezon.

The IEC Campaign conducted focused 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 to the Industrial Sand and Gravel operators and other permit holders in Quezon Province in cooperation with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.

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.

Engr. Victor Rowell Radovan, Vice Chairman of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB), encouraged the permit holders and operators to abide by the rules and regulations of the Mining Act and reminded them of their commitment to the environment and to the community.

The one-day event aims to educate the mining operators/ permit holders on the various provision of the Mining Act especially on the mandatory reports and documents due to MGB.

Mr. Dondi Sarmiento, on his welcome remarks to the participants

Representatives of Quezon Quarry Operations

By : Engr. Philippe Michael Granada                 |           22 April 2021