By: Mark Anthony C. Perez                                                      February 23, 2017

For the 3rd year in a row, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau CALABARZON steered to greater heights as it successfully conducted this year’s version of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) and Community Relation’s Summit last January 25-27, 2017 at Graceland Estates and Country Club, Tayabas City, Quezon. It was attended by the members of the various MRFCs and Community Relations Officers of mining companies and operators in CALABARZON Region.

The participants to this year’s MRFC and COMREL Summit

The first day highlighted the presentation of targets and activities of the MGB IV-CALABARZON Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) activities for Calendar Year 2017 and the presentation of the status of the 2017 Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) of each mining companies/operators. Mr. Dondi M. Sarmiento, MSESDD OIC, added that for this Calendar Year, accomplishment of MSESDD targets will be harmonized with the monitoring of the Mine Management Division for a cohesive and synchronized reporting of accomplishment.  Also in the agenda was the presentation of the ideal MMT Manual of Operation and the conduct of workshop in the preparation of a comprehensive MGB Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR).

Mr. Dondi Sarmiento welcomed the participants to this year’s MRFC and COMREL Summit

On the second day, Mr. Wilfredo Billones, OIC of the Ambient Air and Water Monitoring Section of EMB IV-A underlined the importance of the new Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standard stipulated under DAO 2016-08 in the performance of water quality targets of each respective companies under their proposed AEPEPs. LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc., being a Titanium awardee for the Presidential Mineral Industry and Environment Award and runner-up for the Safest Surface Mines Award during the recently concluded Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference, together with Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc.-Teresa Plant presented their best environmental management practices while Solid Cement Corp presented their best practices on safety and health. The event also showcased the various initiatives and programs of MGB IV CALABARZON and the mining companies in the area of social/community development which include the establishment of Rizal Quarry Academy, Inc., use of crushing plant wastes locally known as “banlik” into other resourceful enterprise and the ideal SDMP implementation of LHAI, among others.

Mr. Wilfredo Billones discussed the new water quality and effluent standards.


From Waste to Cash

Careful and systematic study on the utilization of silt materials which are by-products of the crushing plant operation of LHAI, led to the introduction of an enterprise which can be beneficial to the company and the community. Conceptualized by Engr. Genna Mae Rodriguez, a ceramic engineer working for LHAI, the “Banlik Enterprise”, in close coordination with the Municipality of Angono, turns the plant wastes into a source of livelihood for the community as it tapped the unemployed and underprivileged residents of the host and neighboring barangays to have chance to earn their living and be a productive member of the society.

The three (3)-day summit was highlighted by the signing and approval of the companies’ 2017 Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program and Annual Social Development and Management Program, who upon careful deliberation by their respective MRFC, have already complied with the comments and recommendation of the body.

(Clockwise) Ms. Rochelle Vicencio discussed the ideal MMT Manual of Operation. Engr. Franklin Esteban, Jr. reported the SCC/IQAC’s best practices in safety and health while Ms. Beverly Millares discussed LHAI’s best practices in environmental management. On the other hand, Ms. Jessica Evangelista reported LHAI’s SDMP accomplishment.


Awarding of the approved AEPEPs and ASDMPs to mining companies/operators