The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), as the government’s focal agency on the formalization of small-scale mining in the Philippines, is mandated to implement an orderly and systematic disposition of small-scale mining areas and to regulate the small-scale mining industry with the view to encourage the growth and productivity of the miners.

In line with this, the MGB and its Reg ional Offices, together with planetGOLD (Global Opportunities for the Long-term Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector) conducted a two-day Writeshop for the MGB Core Group of Trainors for the Small-Scale Mining Sector on February 10-11, 2022, via Microsoft Teams.

The Writeshop commenced with the discussion of the history and background of Small-Scale Mining in the Philippines, the Republic Act No. 7076, Executive Order No. 79, DAO 2015-03, and the current directions of Small-Scale Mining in the Philippines.

Three breakout sessions, one each for Community Development and Management Plan (CDMP), Potential Environmental Impact Management Plan (PEIMP), and Annual Safety and Health Plan (ASHP) were created. In each of these breakout sessions, participants from MGB’s Regional Offices were asked to provide comments and recommendations to further improve the proposed templates for the three programs produced by the MGB Central Office. The comments and changes were then presented to the body for additional comments and improvements, which marked the end of Day 1. On the second day of the writeshop, templates of the training materials for the Small-Scale Mining Operators were presented and another set of breakout sessions were conducted to improve the initial templates prepared by the MGB Central Office. The finalization and presentation of improved training materials concluded day 2.

Through these continuous efforts, the MGB aims to transform the small-scale mining operations in the country to be a more responsible sector in the mining industry, which can contribute to the improvement of the country.

By : Engr. Philippe Michael T. Granada & Engr. Anissa Q. Madi      |         16 February 2022