In line with the streamlining of checklists of requirements of various mining applications for their guidance in compliance with the directives of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to simplify procedures, streamline requirements and cut red tape in government operations, the activity aimed to inform permit holders and operators on the new policies on the standardization and evaluation of Exploration Work Program, Three Year Development / Utilization Work Program, Annual Safety and Health Program, Environmental Work Program, Community Development Program, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program, Social Development and Management Program, Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Plan, Care and Maintenance Program, and the Monitoring Checklist and Scorecard through coming up with factors and measurements in the monitoring of mining operations’ compliance.
            Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) Chief John C. Ymson welcomed the participants for the said activity. In his message, he mentioned that the discussions and presentations in the learning activity may be applied effectively and lead to a more harmonious working environment especially in the compliance of such requirements. Also he shared that MGB gives high appreciation and commendation to those who provide us all the reports based on the schedules agreed.
            The discussion and presentation on the Tenement Monitoring Checklist & Compliance Scorecard focusing on the Exploration, Operation and ISAG was presented by the Chief, Monitoring and Technical Services Section Engr. Roel Collado. His discussion revolved on the parameters of monitoring compliances to the terms and conditions of a permit/contract, compliance rating and action, monitoring checklist, level of compliance, condition of approval, exploration work program, environmental work program, community development program, and reportorial compliances.
            A question and answer portion was later conducted. Engr. Collado emphasized that late submission of reports/requirements is strictly discouraged. On the issue on having no ancestral domain of the community, NCIP shall resolve the concern. Engr. Collado said that if there are no IPs, there is a certification that will be issued. On the question of an area being established as permitted areas project being undertaken without a permit and paying extraction fees to LGU particularly on the Bolo River. Engr. Collado addressed the concern by relaying this to the Regional Director and advising to discuss with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte on the said issue. Another question asked was on the key personnel, if it is ok for one (1) personnel to handle multiple positions (envi,safety, etc.).
            Another question asked is on how would MGB rate the permit holders/operators if the quarry is in crisis and if minerals are not replenished well by rain/water. Engr. Collado stated that MGB isn’t the only one who does the monitoring and that it is done quarterly and should rely on the previous monitoring. Further, he stated that the annual EPEP and work program will be described and evaluated by the MRFC. On the concern on replenishment, Engr. Collado said that they should be able to conduct systematic quarrying. On the question on compliance monitoring of permit holder and request of copy of the result monitoring, MGB said that RD will approve on this. On technical personnel handling other operations, Engr. Collado stated that it is ok as long as the main function is not neglected.
Following the presentation of Engr. Collado is the discussion on the Community Development Program (Exploration Period), Social Development and Management Program (SDMP and ASDMP) (Development/ Utilization/ Operating Period) and Social Development Section Monitoring Checklist and Compliance Scorecard by the Chief, Social Development Section Engr. Rogelio M. Faminialagao.
On the question and answer portion, participants asked on the coordinate well to the community particularly on LGU project implementation. MGB advised them to top up the contractor within the community on the project and program as per 9advice of Comrel. Moreover, to conduct IEC and reach out through MGB through written communication if the community does not responds well. Another question asked is on the scoring if the submission of requirements/reports is delayed for 30 days. Engr. Faminialagao stated that they will be penalized but still be given points. Engr. John Ymson added that the scorecards are not yet finalized by the Central Office, a memorandum shall be furnished to them. On the amendment of new set of resolutions of a project with the new officials as per barangay election, MGB advised to make a new set of resolution realigning the project. On expired SDMP, participants asked if submission of reports is necessary. Engr. Faminialagao said that data/permit should be synchronized. If it is still operating, the implementation should continue and requirements should be also submitted. On the approval of SDMP, should they wait for its approval or continue implementing? Engr. Faminialagao stated that permit holders should have a copy/receipt to justify compliance for re-evaluation. On budget be advanced for SDMP for the next year considering that they met the allotted amount, MGB said that it cannot be. A new set of resolution with the new set of officials should be done.
OIC of the Mine Safety and Health Section Engr. Macario C. Asunto also had a talk on the Annual Safety and Health Program (Exploration and Operating Period) and Mine Safety and Health Section Monitoring Checklist and Compliance Scorecard.
Following his presentation is another question and answer portion. Participants asked if it is a requirement for health and safety together. Engr. Asunto answered that it doesn’t matter as long as there is coordination on the reportorial requirements. Another question asked is on the matter of explosives. MGB stated that it should be certified first in the Regional Office and Provincial Office then back to the Regional Office then to the Central Office. On multiple departments, emergency drill should be reported quarterly. On LGU issued EMGAR, MGB said that these are submitted to the LGU.
On the 2nd day of the orientation-seminar, the Chief on Mine Environmental Management Section, Engr. Ruben Soriano and Science Research Specialist II Engr. Christopher John Orteza discussed on the Environmental Work Program, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program, Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning PlanCare and Maintenance Program and Mine Environmental Management Section Monitoring Checklist and Compliance Scorecard.
Following their discussion is another question and answer portion. A participant asked on if there should be a designated MPEO and if he/she could aslo act as PCO. MGB addressed the concern and stated that PCO can be designated as MPEO. On maps, a participant asked if are the maps standardized topographic maps and what is the scale of these maps. MGB stated that there is no standard map required as long as it is clear and readable. On the history of areas regarding SDMP, is there a standard year on the data that should be provided. MGB said that it depends on what kind of program.
In closing, Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag gave an inspirational message to the participants, encouraging them to comply and submit reports and requirements on time to have a smooth flow and harmonious working relationship and be able to operate well.
Moreover Chief of Mine Management Division, Engr. Renato Rimando gave the closing remarks to the participants for the said learning event.